University Foundation in Engineering


Program Description

Undergraduate Pathway in Engineering

Students can enter at Stage 1 (University Foundation) or Stage 2 (First Year Degree) and are guaranteed progression to the second year of a relevant degree, providing that progression criterion are met. Stage 1 takes place at ICP using dedicated lecturers and benefits from small class sizes. Stage 2 takes place at the University of Portsmouth directly, supported with tutorials at ICP.

Pathways at the University of Portsmouth


Stage 1: University Foundation


ICP at the University of Portsmouth


  • ICT Skills
  • Engineering Principles 1
  • Numerical Techniques 1
  • Research Method, Critical Thinking & Expression
  • Programming Concepts
  • Chemistry (Petroleum Engineering Only)
  • Design Concepts (Civil Engineering Only)
  • Engineering Principles 2
  • Numerical Techniques 3
  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication 3

Degree awards from the University of Portsmouth

  • BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Networks
  • BEng (Hons) Construction Engineering Management
  • BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Innovation Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Petroleum Engineering


  • ICE - The Institution of Civil Engineers
  • IED - The Institution of Engineering Designers
  • IET - The Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • IStructE - The Institution of Structural Engineers

Popular Careers

Civil Engineering

  • Associate Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Construction Engineer
  • Design and Development Engineer
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Surveying
  • Transportation Engineer

Computer Network Engineering

  • Network Administrator
  • Network (Systems) Engineer
  • Network (Service) Technician
  • Network Programmer/Analyst
  • Network/Information Systems Manager

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Chemical/Process Engineer
  • Control Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Instruments Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Power Systems Engineer

Electronic Engineering

  • Design Engineer
  • Development Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Engineering Specialist
  • Field Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • Reliability Engineer
  • Research Engineer
  • Sales Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Design Engineer
  • Test Engineer

Petroleum Engineering

  • Drilling and Production Engineer
  • Oil and Gas Exploration (Geophysics and Petro-Geology) Engineer
  • Reservoir Modelling, Engineering and Management
  • Refinery Operations Engineer
  • Reserves and production forecasting
  • Static and Dynamic Modelling of Reservoirs
  • Well Site Operations, including the evaluation of rocks and fluids

All of the University of Portsmouth's degrees provide a solid grounding, with 'hard-edged' and reliable skills. As a result, graduates are always highly sought after by employers.

The Faculty of Technology provides an extensive variety of specialist courses, including Civil Engineering, Petroleum Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. With cutting-edge laboratories, close relationships with industry and excellent teaching on offer, the University of Portsmouth students receive the very best start to their chosen career. All pathways can contain an optional 'sandwich' year in an industry where students can gain invaluable, practical work experience. Those who undertake this year are amongst the most highly sought-after when seeking employment.

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

Founded in 2009, ICP is an Associate College of the University of Portsmouth, offering students a modern and dynamic educational experience. The College provides educational pathways to a broad range ... Read More

Founded in 2009, ICP is an Associate College of the University of Portsmouth, offering students a modern and dynamic educational experience. The College provides educational pathways to a broad range of University of Portsmouth degrees in an environment that encourages you to achieve excellence in your studies. Read less