The University of Derby has launched a Masters degree (MSc) in Innovative Engineering Solutions that will not cost students a penny.
The MSc is a free one-year, full-time programme, which includes a six-month paid work placement and research project with an employer, focusing on developing expertise in solving technical problems important for business.
On completion of the MSc it is anticipated that 50 companies, still to be confirmed, will be able to offer students employment opportunities. Priority for the course will be given to students from backgrounds for whom entering higher education is not a typical choice and to groups under-represented in engineering, including women.
The course is being funded by a grant of almost £600,000 awarded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to help plug a UK gap in vital engineering skills.
Two course information events for potential students will be held on 30 April 30 and 27 May. Places can be booked through the course information website.
Top engineering companies are now being sought to provide placements forthe MSc programme. Angela Dean, Head of the School of Engineeringand Technology at the University, said: “This is a major opportunity for employers to play a vital role in helping to provide the skills necessary for students to flourish.
“The employers will also be influencing the development of an innovative new programme of study and be able to develop a training programme that suits the needs of their organisation,” she added.