Upskilling @ StrathclydeEngineering Fundamentals

An insight into Engineering

Nurture and develop engineering habits of mind.

Engineering Fundamentals is a module offered by the Faculty of Engineering, here at Strathclyde.

You'll have the opportunity to develop skills which are relevant across different engineering disciplines.

You'll learn what it means to be an engineer and explore the impact engineers have on the industry and environment around them.

Course description

There will be four main areas of study within the module, combined from our departments of:

  • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Electronic & Electrical Engineering
  • Design, Manufacturing & Engineering Management
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering

Each area looks at generic engineering skills which are necessary, across a broad range of engineering disciplines:

Industry and the Engineer

You'll learn about industry, productivity, project planning, process optimisation and supply chains.

Engineering Mechanics

This part of the module looks at acceleration, velocity, kinematics, structured problem solving and free body diagrams.

Circuits and Digital Analysis & Design

Here you'll look at charge, current, energy & power, Kirchoff’s Laws, DC circuits, digital analysis.

Introduction to Engineering Materials

Finally, you'll explore properties of engineering materials, selection of materials, sustainability and environmental impact of material.


This module is taught exclusively online, it can be accessed online anywhere, at anytime and at your own pace

All materials will be available via our virtual learning environment. It will be delivered through a combination of self-paced study - lectures, tutorials, live sessions and online quizzes to complete. You can take the quizzes any number of times, until passed and completed.


Fully funded places are available to applicants currently living in Scotland who are not enrolled in full time education.  These are supported by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).

Funded places are limited, so early application is advised. You can read more about funding criteria here You must register for the module by 15th July 2024 to enrol for this session.

If you do not currently live in Scotland or are enrolled in full time education, please contact us at to discuss what options are available to you.

Who can apply?

This module is ideal for:

  • anyone thinking about a career in engineering or returning to a career in engineering 
  • anyone offering advice to individuals considering employment or studies in engineering
  • anyone who wishes to study engineering 
  • anyone who has identified a skills gap in their current job or to support their return to employment


To be eligible, you'll have passed Nat 5 Maths OR Physics OR Engineering Science OR equivalent qualifications.


The module will be assessed in a variety of ways including forum posts and online quizzes.

What will I get at the end of it?

The module is worth 10 credits at SCQF level 7 which you can refer to in any job or academic application. You'll receive a formal University of Strathclyde certificate of completion after the closing date of the course. 

Sign me up!

The module is open for applications now. Module materials will be accessible from Monday 20th May 2024 until Friday 9th August 2024.


This course is fully-funded by the Scottish Funding Council