The Engineering, Design and Manufacturing Graduate Apprenticeship is designed to produce graduates who can:

  • integrate engineering principles, materials and technology selection into structured design methodologies based on their application to real world challenges
  • understand the engineering environment including strategy development, leadership and business operations management knowledge to play a management role in engineering project planning and delivery
  • work closely and collaboratively with other employees, stakeholders and customers in a contemporary engineering organisation
  • project manage and think creatively supported by a set of problem-solving and modelling tools appropriate to engineering business operations

University-based learning

Teaching will take place one day a week in the University over 44 weeks a year. This will allow a two week break at both Christmas and Easter and a four week break in the Summer.

Work-based learning

Graduate Apprenticeships at the University of Dundee are project-based degrees. We engage with employers to find projects that apprentices can undertake as part of their employment and apply the skills and knowledge acquired through their study.


  • The Graduate Apprentice must be a resident in Scotland at the start of their programme.
  • Their usual place of work must be in Scotland.
  • They should not already have a qualification at the same level in the same subject.
  • They should also meet the University’s entry requirement.

Learning outcomes

Regular workshops with programme partners will review content in line with both employer and apprentice needs.

Year 1

  • Engineering Product Design
  • Computer-aided Design and Analysis
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Engineering IT
  • Business Strategy and Management
  • Professional Attributes

Year 2

  • Electrical and Electronic Design Principles
  • Planning and Design of Manufacturing Systems
  • Design and Manufacture for Thermofluidic Applications
  • Business Functions, Behaviours, Ethics, and Courtesies
  • Engineering Design and Manufacturing Operations Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Business Finance and Accounting

Year 3

  • Manufacturing with Materials
  • Computer-aided Design and Analysis
  • Planning and Design of Manufacturing Systems
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Communications
  • Personal Attributes
  • Team Working

Year 4 – Honours Project Year

  • Industrial Engineering
  • Global Manufacturing Strategy
  • Project Planning
  • Project Execution
  • Project Management Methodologies
  • Project Risk Assessment and Management

Entry requirements

Candidates should have one of:

  • a Modern Apprenticeship in a relevant area and Higher maths and a science or engineering higher (physics is preferred)
  • a Foundation Apprenticeship in a relevant area and Higher maths and a science or engineering higher (physics is preferred)
  • BBBB at Higher including maths and a science or engineering Higher (physics is preferred) or equivalent

If you have candidates who you would be interested in sending on this Graduate Apprenticeship, but do not have any formal qualifications they can:

  • go through a recognition of prior learning interview and/or
  • enter through Discover Learning at Dundee see

We will work closely with you on the admission process. For example, if you are hiring a new employee as a Graduate Apprentice, we will happily discuss their qualifications prior to you hiring them so that we can check they are eligible to apply.