University of Wolverhampton Faculty of Science and Engineering

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University of Wolverhampton Faculty of Science and Engineering

University of Wolverhampton Faculty of Science and Engineering

Faculty of Science and Engineering

In order to maintain our role in the economy, the regeneration of the Black Country and to meet national and global demand the University is committed to growing its base in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
This is of paramount importance for the rebuilding of the economy. The Black Country is the home of much of the manufacturing base and it needs a strong vocational university to support it.

The traditional science academic disciplines lay the bedrock for much of the applied curriculum.  There is an opportunity for the University of Wolverhampton to move further into the ‘hard sciences’ and provide a quality learning environment for students who may not otherwise be able to enter STEM courses.

In short, the University of Wolverhampton has committed to build a distinctive Science Base and to become the Widening Participation science HEI in the broader region by further building relationships and developing a curriculum based on ladders of progression.

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Foundation degrees

A Foundation degree (FD) accredited by the University is designed with the help of employers, so the skills and knowledge you gain are what industry values and what you need to remain competitive.

They are also a great entry point into higher education, as credits obtained on the course can be transferred to another qualification (such as a Bachelor degree).

A Foundation degree is for you if:

  • you’ve already gained experience working in your sector, and now need to develop your skills and knowledge to further your career
  • you’re maybe looking at a career change, and now require an effective way to learn relevant new skills
  • you’re looking for a path into higher education that can lead to the career you want

FDs combine the teaching of an undergraduate degree with practical, work-based learning, and show you how theory applies to the realities of business. That means what you study is always relevant to your day-to-day operations.

You can study our foundation degrees part-time or full-time at the University or at one of several FE colleges in the region. Courses usually take between two to three years.

Foundation degree students – whether full or part time – can apply for Government support through Student Finance England (subject to meeting the eligibility criteria). More information can be found at Students from Scotland apply through SAAS, from Wales though SFW and from Northern Ireland through SFNI. Contact the Gateway for further information on financial support available to students.

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How to apply

Full-time applicants, please apply via UCAS.

Part-time applicants should apply direct to the University or relevant Partner College.

More about how to apply

Part time study

If full-time study doesn’t suit your lifestyle, why not take a look at our part-time study options?

At the University of Wolverhampton, we understand how important it is to allow you to study the way you want to – which is why we offer a range of part-time courses and professional development opportunities.

With part-time study, you can:

  • complete your degree for as little as £2,780 per year (based on 2016/17 tuition fee rates)
  • benefit from no fees upfront by applying for government funding*
    or pay in instalments and spread the cost of your tuition fee
  • fit your studies around your work and home commitments
  • enhance your employment prospects
  • continue earning while you’re learning.

Part-time study is a flexible and cost-effective way to realise your potential, providing an opportunity to do a degree course that fits in around your lifestyle. You can build upon existing skills, head in a new direction, or pursue your interests.

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Financial support

Part-time students can benefit from a tuition fee loan. Find out more about financial support for part-time students.

More information

If you want to know more about part-time study, speak to us in person at one of our Open Days.

Alternatively, contact The Gateway to find out what mode of study is best for you.

* Available to undergraduates only, for terms and conditions, visit:

Employability and Placements

How Our Faculty Supports You

The team boast many years of experience in successfully supporting students to find placement opportunities. They are supportive and approachable, and offer a unique resource from which you will gain valuable skills and experience. They offer workshops in areas such as:

  • CV writing
  • interview techniques
  • aptitude testing

Completing a placement year in industry

Essential Skills

Completing a placement year in industry is without a doubt the best way to help you acquire the skills you need to secure employment after your studies at the University of Wolverhampton.

The experience you gain whilst in industry will develop your technical and interpersonal skills; all roles are salaried and you will be treated as a valued member of the team.


Everyday exposure to project work, working in teams and to deadlines will help you develop your professional skills, giving you a competitive advantage as an experienced graduate looking for employment.

Employer Perspective

“Our relationship with Wolverhampton University started in 2000, when we were put in contact with a number of Computer Science students looking for a 48 week placement. Starting with that very first placement student, now nearly 10 years ago, we have had one or two placement students from the university every year and continue to do so.” Andre Scherpenzeel, Iconics

Student Perspective

“During my time on placement, I was able to
compound the skills that I’d learnt at university whilst also learning new technical skills that were relevant to my role. This was very important as it allowed me to progress further in my final year with my work. I also learnt a lot of soft skills and general business acumen that was very beneficial not only in my final year of university, but also when I looked at applying for a full-time role after my degree. I was able to communicate with colleagues better and create much more formal professional documentation when working on my final year project.” Andrew Fletcher, First Class Honours Graduate in BSc (Hons) Computing

Andrew undertook his placement year in the Energy Services Information Systems Department of E.On UK plc.

Find out more information about employability from the University’s Careers and Employment Centre.

Contact us

Tel: 01902 321457


Applied Research and Knowledge Transfer

Our research activity is available to support and enhance the activities of industrial, commercial and public sector organisations through three routes:

  • IT Futures Centre
  • Caparo Innovation Centre
  • West Midlands Centre for Construction Excellence

More information on applied research and knowledge transfer

Brain Tumour UK Neuro-oncology Research Centre

Leading the way in identifying the genetic causes of brain tumours and the treatments to deal with them, our pioneering research at the Brain Tumour UK Neuro-oncology Centre is helping the 8,500 people in the UK who will develop a brain tumour this year.

Find out more about our ground-breaking research into brain tumours.

Built Environment, Information Systems and Learning Technology Research Centre

The purpose of this centre is to research aspects of Engineering, Information Systems, the Built Environment and Sustainability pertaining to people, process, management and education.

This includes both the management and planning of technology and projects and the impact of technology on people, societies and the environment.

More information on engineering, information systems, the built environment and sustainability

Engineering and Computer Science Research Centre

The purpose of this centre is to research aspects of Engineering and Computer Science pertaining to their application to the development of innovative technologies through application of aspects of material science, engineering, games technology and computer science to the realisation of tangible and virtual systems or system parts.

More information on the research aspects of engineering and computer science

Research Institute in Healthcare Science

Pioneering research into cancer, diabetes, immunity, disinfection and the psychology behind coping with illness are just some of the areas under investigation by the Research Institute in Healthcare Science (RIHS) – a collaboration between three of the University’s academic schools.

Find out more about our healthcare science research