Case study

Driving the regional economy - University of Sunderland

09 May 2016

This work-based MSc is aimed as a way of up-skilling professional engineers who typically will have trained to graduate level in conventional mechanical or electrical/electronic engineering. Because training takes place mainly in the workplace, skills are integrated within companies’ technical departments.

In addition to fulfilling the needs of the local automotive sector, the programme aligns with several regional strategic initiatives, such as plans for Sunderland to play a key role in the growth and technology development of the Electric Vehicle industry, the North East being the UK's first Low Carbon Economic Area and regional investment in Nissan’s European Centre for Battery Technology at Sunderland.

As a collaborative study programme, between the student, the employer and the university, work-based study is complemented by afternoon and evening taught sessions at the university campus. There is also a flexibility between completing the programme in two or three years to accommodate the variety of industrial situations employers and students may be in throughout the period of study.

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