Foundation Degree (Engineering) Metrology for Industry 2021/22 entry

Course code:

EECU059

Study options:

Flexible

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £6,200

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Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


Course code:

EECU059

Study options:

Flexible

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £8,750

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


Course code:

EECU059

Study options:

Flexible

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £8,750

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


The information on these pages relates to September 2020 entry and is for guidance only.
September 2021 entry content will be updated here in due course.

Overview

In today's globally competitive marketplace, we believe that metrology plays a crucial part in the manufacturing process to ensure quality and efficiency. Getting it wrong can prove costly, as bad data can be disruptive to decision making and improvement planning. However, getting it right we believe helps to manage risk and support quality management, continuous improvement and waste reduction activities that enhance productivity.

Developed in consultation with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Rolls-Royce Plc, Jaguar Land Rover, Airbus and other employers and stakeholders, this vocational entry course represents the world’s first foundation degree in metrology - the science of measurement. Based around, but not exclusively on, the field of industrial dimensional metrology, this course aims to develop understanding of different measurement systems and metrology tools and techniques across manufacturing engineering, with its many supporting metrology service organisations.

Up-skilling and expanding the knowledge of industrial engineers and metrologists, this metrology course could teach you the measurement knowledge and skills needed to boost your performance in measurement planning and application, which could positively impact your company’s efficiency in measurement, and therefore productivity.

This course aims to provide you with the opportunity to validate and expand vocational skills, underpinned with the academic and professional toolset to assess and analyse information and also to help provide recommendations for improvement. Upon successful completion, you will gain a formal Higher Education qualification in a key manufacturing engineering skill set. Blending academic, practical and professional study supported by work based learning, the course aims to develop your understanding of how to improve metrology processes, by initiating appropriate measurement controls and optimisation, including considering risk and cost versus benefit. You will be taught the tools and techniques available, and how to plan and implement metrology to support your measurement processes. The aim of which is to apply continuous improvement and support cost reduction within manufacturing.

The course offers flexible learning whilst employed.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. For courses due to start in September 2021, in light of COVID-19, we are currently preparing for courses to be delivered in a variety of forms, subject to Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority will be staff and student safety.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

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What our students say...

My role at Physical Digital involves working on a wide range of projects for customers from a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical and power generation. For this reason, a broad understanding of metrology and measurement systems is essential for day to day business. The foundation degree at Coventry has given me the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in this field and has enabled me to excel in my professional career. Following on from my successful completion of this course, I have been able to accept more advanced responsibilities within the company.

Ben Singer, Metrology Foundation, graduated in 2016, now Senior Applications Engineer at Physical Digital Ltd

Course information

We aim to provide you with a solid foundation in the relevant underpinning theories and application of metrology within an industrial context including these core areas of industrial metrology:

  • Exploring knowledge around the maths, engineering science, standards and calibration
  • Exploring skills and knowledge related to traditional and emerging measurement tools and techniques, including a variety of coordinate measuring systems and the technologies involved in modern measuring system sensors
  • Utilisation of Metrology tools which could help to gain confidence in the data that any measurement collects. Tools such as Measuring System Analysis (includes Gauge Repeatability and Reproducibility) and Uncertainty analysis.

Drawing heavily on real-life experience, best practice examples and practical demonstrations, you should learn how to identify areas for improvement within your organisation and select the most appropriate measurement methods. For example, selection of equipment, strategies for measurement and managing risk.

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Course specification
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Modules

Overview

The first year of the course is designed to give you a broad range of knowledge and skills across Industrial Measurement. You will also have the opportunity to explore your understanding in the planning and strategy of measurement, understanding variation and good practice techniques and controls. You should learn about the metrology landscape including links to national and international organisations and standards.

Modules

  • Study Skills

  • Introduction to Metrology

  • Mathematics for Metrology

  • Science for Metrology

  • Standards and Traceability

  • Coordinate Metrology

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

    In addition to the above modules, you must undertake and complete a set of underpinning Continuing Professional development training courses. This is a mandatory requirement. These can be the Dimensional Measurement (NPL) level one and two training courses, or Coventry University’s own equivalent set of five one-day modular metrology courses. If you have already completed and can evidence either of the above, you do not need to repeat them again. Costs for these courses are not included in the course fee, therefore additional costs will apply.

Overview

Year two will build on year one by introducing metrology tools and techniques utilised to manage confidence in measurement systems and processes. In addition, you will have the opportunity to learn how metrology can support productivity and continuous improvement initiatives within an organisation as well as how return on investment and cost versus benefit analysis can be applied in relation to metrology.

Modules

  • Business Management Awareness

  • Measurement Systems Analysis

  • In-Process and Smart Metrology

  • Measurement uncertainty

  • Individual work based project (double module)

In more detail...

  • Ranked 3rd best in the UK for ‘Mechanical Engineering’ in the Guardian University Guide 2020.
  • Admissions criteria encompasses a broad range of suitable qualifications and will factor in relevant work experience.
  • Our metrology team forms part of a team of currently 300 across the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing.
  • We work closely with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and this can include companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Airbus, BAe Systems, UNIPART and several metrology equipment manufacturers and suppliers.
  • Teaching is on a part-time basis, but in block delivery as requested by employers to try to minimise travel and disruption to your work commitments.

Our main study themes are:

  • Core Measurement Practices: Inspection and general measurement principles and practice, predominantly in dimensional metrology. You should examine the application of analysis of capabilities, understanding of limitations and risks.
  • Math and Science for metrology: Explores the math science that underpins mainstream industrial measurement – algebra, transformation of formulae, trigonometry and statistical mathematics. You should learn how to apply mathematics for the collection of accurate and precise data, together with appropriate analysis tools. We will analyse the use of measurement units, the seven core International Systems of Units and appropriate derived units, as well as the core scientific principles and calculations reflected in metrology practices. Consideration will be given to the science behind emerging technologies based around the electromagnetic spectrum such as Photogrammetry, laser, white / blue light and CT Scanners.
  • Metrology stakeholders, standards and traceability: Aiming to develop and provide an understanding of calibration and traceability in measurement to national and international standards and who sets and issues them. We evaluate the chain of traceability, including the role of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) in the UK. You may examine the process of gaining and maintaining accreditation via UKAS and ISO 17025, reviewing the systems and process involved, maintenance of records and systems.
  • Business Management Awareness: the student will explore some core business management tools and philosophies such as Project Management, Financial management, Total Quality Management, Health and safety and Lean tools. Each topic aims to be covered in a basic form so as to attempt to help the student support their metrology skills and knowledge with wider business understanding and complimentary tools.
  • Understanding process variation within the measurement process: Aiming to provide a working knowledge of applied uncertainty for complete measurement. We cover terminology used, including random and systematic errors, uncertainty estimates and combined uncertainties. You should gain a clear understanding of relevant research and publications, including the ‘Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement’ standard (GUM). You should also study the characteristics of different measurement systems, looking at the various measurement units and disciplines in the context of their fit for specific purposes. We consider comparative versus direct measurement systems, correct selection testing and verification of systems for measurement.
  • Production measurement practices: Aims to develop your knowledge and skills in relation to measurement in support of process control. It also explores the business considerations over traditional off line inspection. In addition, the student should be given insight into development within industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing in relation to metrology.

As part of the assessment during year one, you must undertake and complete a set of underpinning Continuing Professional development training courses. This is a mandatory requirement. These must either be the Dimensional Measurement (NPL) level one and two training courses, or Coventry University’s own equivalent set of five one-day modular metrology courses. If you have already completed and can evidence either of the above, you do not need to repeat them again. Costs for these courses are not included in the course fee, therefore additional costs will apply.

This programme is delivered in line with employer requirements and undertaken on a part-time basis, typically over two years, starting in September.

Since many of our students have been out of the education system and in full-time employment for some time, we place an emphasis on developing appropriate academic skills to try to enable you to study more effectively at Foundation Degree level. We cover areas such as study techniques, writing, preparing assignments, revision, giving presentations, time management, reflection and personal development planning. These skills we believe should help you become more confident and competent in your studying, however, in our opinion you should find them equally useful in the work place.

You will study six modules over each year, comprising approximately 12 days of tuition in the first year and 10 days of tuition in the second year. All modules are taken in two consecutive day blocks, usually a Thursday and Friday, subject to availability/change. You will also jointly undertake underpinning skills CPD within the first year which should enable you to gain a foundation of skills to build on over the course. To successfully complete the course and be awarded the Foundation Degree, you will need to complete all 12 modules and the underpinning CPD over the two years. You will need to achieve the required 40% minimum for each module and certificated completion of the CPD.

The block delivery we believe provides less disruption and travelling for students who are located across the UK. This is also supported with independent work based learning and self-study. Integration of your work activity will be encouraged so that this should enhance your learning and potentially provide your company with an early return on investment through process improvements and enhancements.

Course content is rooted in applied industrial measurement and in the second year you will undertake a one-day field trip to a prominent UK metrology company. These visits are designed to provide opportunities to witness the metrology and in-line measurement techniques at a UK industrial site. The visits aim to provide access to the company’s metrology specialists, an introduction to new technologies and a tour of an exemplar production facility. There are no additional fees but students will be expected to cover their own travel and expenses.

We also facilitate at least one guest lecturer whom is generally from a major manufacturing company based in the UK.

Meet our staff

Ian Wilcox

Ian is a Senior Metrologist with over 25 years of experience in the application of dimensional metrology and the management of metrology teams within manufacturing engineering.

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Assessments consist of 100% module coursework. Module assignments can take many different forms, for example, a written report, individual or group presentation or an in-class test. These coursework assignments can fall any time within the teaching block period. At times, module leaders may set a coursework submission date after the end of teaching.

To qualify for the award of Foundation Degree (Engineering) Metrology for Industry, a student must satisfy the university requirements of a minimum of 240 credits, 120 credits per year.

The Coventry University assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you will have knowledge of:

  • The foundations of metrology (maths, science and standards)
  • The well-established principles in metrology and the way in which these principles have developed.
  • The main methods of enquiry in metrology and the ability to evaluate the appropriateness of different equipment and approaches to solving problems.
  • Understanding the limits of your knowledge and the resources available to enable further personal development.
  • Industry 4 and its potential impact on metrology.
  • Business tools in relation to Benefit vs Cost and broader tools that integrate to Metrology.

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of measurement within manufacturing.
  • Access, analyse and use information from a variety of sources to solve measurement problems.
  • Evaluate different approaches to the solution of measurement problems within their organisation.
  • Analyse measurement capability within their organisation and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Locate relevant information (standards, processes and procedures) to enable informed decision making.
  • Use scientific methodologies within your field.
  • Act independently to analyse, plan and implement changes based on verifiable evidence.
  • Develop the vocational skills valued by their employers.

As a guide, each module equates to about 200 hours of study commitment – this is undertaken over a seven-week period and typically includes 15 hours of lecture, 5 hours of guided learning, 95 hours of work based learning and 85 hours of self-study.

Coventry University is committed to providing a global educational experience and we consider metrology in the context of global companies and industries.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2018/19, we provided a total of 5,469 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days. Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


5,469

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19


12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

 

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Measurement Systems Analysis

This three-day course combines an overview of statistical theory and test design with hands on group and individual exercises. This will equip candidates in industrial and scientific environments, with the analytical tools, application and understanding of a complete MSA assessment of a measurement process and system.

 

Entry Requirements

The normal entry requirement is passes in four GCSE subjects, which must include: GCSEs (normally at grade C or above) to include English language and mathematics (or equivalent); and one of the following:

  • A minimum 40 points on the national tariff in one subject at GCE or VCE A-level (or a VCE double award) or equivalent
  • A minimum 60 points on the national tariff in at least one subject at GCE or VCE Advanced Supplementary (‘AS’) level where the student has attempted and has been fully assessed in, but failed to achieve, and A-level

Those without formal qualifications, but with significant relevant work experience and in appropriate employment may be considered. Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘relevant work experience’ please contact us using our request information form.

University Course Code: ECU148
GCSEs

The normal entry requirement is passes in four subjects, which must include: +GCSEs (normally at grade C or above) to include English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent); and

  • at least 40 points on the national tariff in one subject at GCE or VCE A-level (or a VCE double award) or equivalent; or
  • at least 60 points on the national tariff in at least one subject at GCE or VCE Advanced Supplementary (‘AS’) level where the student has attempted and has been fully assessed in, but failed to achieve, and A-level; or
  • those without formal qualifications, but with significant relevant work experience and in appropriate employment.


The University, at its discretion, may also admit to the programme students who do not fully meet the aforementioned categories.

The normal entry requirement is passes in four GCSE subjects, which must include: GCSEs (normally at grade C or above) to include English language and mathematics (or equivalent); and one of the following:

  • A minimum 40 points on the national tariff in one subject at GCE or VCE A-level (or a VCE double award) or equivalent
  • A minimum 60 points on the national tariff in at least one subject at GCE or VCE Advanced Supplementary (‘AS’) level where the student has attempted and has been fully assessed in, but failed to achieve, and A-level

Those without formal qualifications, but with significant relevant work experience and in appropriate employment may be considered. Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘relevant work experience’ please contact us using our request information form.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

The normal entry requirement is passes in four GCSE subjects, which must include: GCSEs (normally at grade C or above) to include English language and mathematics (or equivalent); and one of the following:

  • A minimum 40 points on the national tariff in one subject at GCE or VCE A-level (or a VCE double award) or equivalent
  • A minimum 60 points on the national tariff in at least one subject at GCE or VCE Advanced Supplementary (‘AS’) level where the student has attempted and has been fully assessed in, but failed to achieve, and A-level

Those without formal qualifications, but with significant relevant work experience and in appropriate employment may be considered. Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘relevant work experience’ please contact us using our request information form.

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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A one day course focused on the core and fundamental principles of measurement utilising, basic measuring equipment and first principle techniques. This will include the use of various measurement handtools that are used as examples of good practice and equipment selection.

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This five-day course is focused on industrial dimensional measurement and covers four core knowledge areas: application of metrology principles, measurement and metrology assessment, continuous improvement in metrology systems and principles behind measurement equipment technologies, sensors and measurement techniques.

Measurement Systems Analysis

This three-day course combines an overview of statistical theory and test design with hands on group and individual exercises. This will equip candidates in industrial and scientific environments, with the analytical tools, application and understanding of a complete MSA assessment of a measurement process and system.

 

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

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September 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £6,200 (per year)


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September 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £8,750 (per year)


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September 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £8,750 (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments. 

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Related Courses

First Principle Measurement

A one day course focused on the core and fundamental principles of measurement utilising, basic measuring equipment and first principle techniques. This will include the use of various measurement handtools that are used as examples of good practice and equipment selection.

Metrology Masterclass

This five-day course is focused on industrial dimensional measurement and covers four core knowledge areas: application of metrology principles, measurement and metrology assessment, continuous improvement in metrology systems and principles behind measurement equipment technologies, sensors and measurement techniques.

Measurement Systems Analysis

This three-day course combines an overview of statistical theory and test design with hands on group and individual exercises. This will equip candidates in industrial and scientific environments, with the analytical tools, application and understanding of a complete MSA assessment of a measurement process and system.

 

What our students say...

My role at Physical Digital involves working on a wide range of projects for customers from a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical and power generation. For this reason, a broad understanding of metrology and measurement systems is essential for day to day business. The foundation degree at Coventry has given me the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in this field and has enabled me to excel in my professional career. Following on from my successful completion of this course, I have been able to accept more advanced responsibilities within the company.”

Ben Singer, graduated in 2016, Senior Applications Engineer at Physical Digital Ltd

Career prospects

In today’s fast-moving and competitive world of business, we believe that developing good metrology practice has never been more important for securing better data, decision making and managing risk.

We believe that metrology plays a vital role in modern life with specialist skills increasingly relied upon in energy, environment, life sciences, automotive, aerospace, defence, government, manufacturing and commerce. Employees working in measurement and calibration across the UK we consider to be responsible for applications including monitoring pollutants in the air, calibrating radiotherapy equipment or ensuring vehicle safety.

We have tried to shape this course in line with the manufacturing engineering industry with the aim of providing students with the skills and expertise needed in this field, and to help attempt to add substantial value to any current or future employer.

Where our graduates work

Previous graduates of the course have included inspectors, quality engineers, quality managers, manufacturing or production engineers, laboratory and measurement technicians and metrologists.

Related Courses

First Principle Measurement

A one day course focused on the core and fundamental principles of measurement utilising, basic measuring equipment and first principle techniques. This will include the use of various measurement handtools that are used as examples of good practice and equipment selection.

Metrology Masterclass

This five-day course is focused on industrial dimensional measurement and covers four core knowledge areas: application of metrology principles, measurement and metrology assessment, continuous improvement in metrology systems and principles behind measurement equipment technologies, sensors and measurement techniques.

Measurement Systems Analysis

This three-day course combines an overview of statistical theory and test design with hands on group and individual exercises. This will equip candidates in industrial and scientific environments, with the analytical tools, application and understanding of a complete MSA assessment of a measurement process and system.

 
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By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The university will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The university will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the university may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s planned exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit from the European Union, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. Coventry University will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance at that time. For international students, the university may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.