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Design Engineering BEng/MEng

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Code
BEng: H15A
MEng: H15B
Start
October 2018
EU/International induction: September 2018
Duration
BEng: 3 years full-time
MEng: 4 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Vaibhav Gandhi

Design engineers are innovators who develop products and the systems used to make them. Our degrees give students the practical training and project experience to become accomplished design engineers with a professional portfolio of work.

Why study BEng/MEng Design Engineering at Middlesex University?

Design Engineering at Middlesex is available as either a three-year Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) and a four-year Master of Engineering (MEng).

The degrees produce professional and competent Design Engineers capable of playing an active role in formulating, meeting the challenges and opportunities arising in contemporary industrial and commercial practice. You will explore the design and implementation of digital systems and become experienced using the latest industry software equipped in our labs and workshops.

To support your career success, you will build a professional portfolio of work throughout your degree and receive regular guest lectures and project feedback from industry professionals, with the option of spending a year on industry placement.

Flexible programme design

Our suite of Design Engineering courses share a common first year of study which enable students to experience all aspects of engineering. Depending on your interests, you can then continue with the broad Design Engineering degree or transfer to one of these specialist honours programmes:

  • Robotics - Analysing and developing robotics systems
  • Electronics - Developing analogue and digital systems
  • Mechatronics - Design of electro-mechanical systems using computer control aspects

Course highlights

  • You will be encouraged to enter prestigious design engineering competitions to enhance your experience and career prospects
  • Our dedicated facilities in the new Ritterman Building are equipped with industry standard equipment in electronics, mechatronics, robotics and networking solutions
  • You will extend your industry knowledge through our series of weekly guest lectures delivered by some of the UKs leading design experts and companies
  • A year-long work placement is available as part of the course
  • If you apply for our four-year MEng course you will gain a masters qualification as soon as you successfully complete your undergraduate degree
  • Whichever pathway you choose, you can change to another after your first year
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BEng/MEng Design Engineering?

Whether you opt for the BEng Design Engineering or MEng Design Engineering you will build the confidence to develop and implement modern technologies relevant to electronic products and systems, learning to communicate ideas effectively.

Active participation in industry-sponsored live projects help you to gain leadership qualities, management skills and confidence in your work, both on individual and group projects. There is also the option to apply for a placement year between your second and third years.

The MEng Design Engineering honours degree allows you to specialise further and give you the option to study new and emerging areas in Design Engineering. You will demonstrate your advanced skills and mastery of the area by working on a team project in your chosen specialism.

What is the difference between the BEng and MEng course?

There are two honours degree programmes available for each area of study – a three-year Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) and a four-year Master of Engineering (MEng).

Both degrees share a common first year but due to the advanced nature of the MEng programme students must demonstrate they have the high-level knowledge and skills required at the end of year 2 and 3 to progress on the programme.

You must apply direct to either the BEng or the MEng, but you can also choose to change programme. You must apply for the MEng in Year 1 if you want to guarantee your student loan will cover the fourth year of fees.

BEng Modules

  • Year 1

    • Design Engineering Projects 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will develop your knowledge and understanding on a range of modelling and prototyping processes and techniques in order for you to successfully complete a number of projects. You will learn to use a range of workshop machinery to accomplish this and the projects will require you to develop and use a variety of problem solving skills and to utilise knowledge gained from other taught modules.

    • Physical Computing: Electronics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of electronics. You will develop a range of practical skills, attitudes and techniques required to construct electronic circuits successfully.

    • Physical Computing: Programming (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you to write computer programmes in response to a given brief which will respond to and control physical devices and processes.

    • Formal Systems (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and understanding of tools and techniques available to support efficient application of mathematics to engineering design.

  • Year 2

    • Design Engineering Projects 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide the knowledge and skills required to carry out engineering projects and will give you the opportunity to apply them, together with knowledge and skills from other modules, in practical projects.

    • Engineering in Context (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to explore and demonstrate the role and responsibilities of engineers in various contexts outside their subject specialism. These would cover issues such as recognising obligations to society, the profession, the environment and commitment to professional standards. The module will also cover other wider issues such as globalisation (global manufacturing, operating in global markets, cultural issues, financial concerns, risk etc) and its impact on business operations.

    • Control Systems (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of control systems and explains the principles of feedback control. The module also develops your ability to analyse techniques for designing and modelling controllers to solve real world problems based on block diagrams and transfer functions, and to use such techniques in the context of engineering design.

    • Analogue and Digital systems (30 credits) - Optional

      The module aims to provide detailed knowledge of analogue and digital electronic theories and their application. In analogue electronics, you will gain analogue electronic design skills such as a range of circuit analysis theorems, principles and applications of transistor and operational amplifiers. In digital electronics, this module equips you with the necessary knowledge of combinational and sequential logic circuits, finite state machines, and FPGA design using VHDL. The module will enable you to design analogue and digital electronic circuits through the use of appropriate methods and software tools.

    • Robotics and Mechatronics (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to develop your understanding of the concepts and theory of operation that lie behind mechatronic devices and systems. You will gain experiential understanding of the effect that design has on these mechatronic devices through construction, programming, demonstration and analysis. This module will also develop realisable solutions to real world situations and develop your practical capability in the design and realisation of mechatronic systems using appropriate hardware and software. You will also develop a wider knowledge of application of robotics in the real world.

  • Year 3

    • Design and Innovation Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to equip you to understand the process of innovation in an engineering context and be able to appreciate the way it impacts the management of an engineering enterprise.

    • Design Engineering Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to further develop your research skills and written communication, and to develop your ability to build and articulate an evidence-based argument. It will also develop your ability to devise commercialisation strategies.

    • Design Engineering Major Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with the opportunity to undertake a major piece of self-directed engineering design using the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme. The module will provide the opportunity to engage in the project over an extended period and allow you to make a significant personal contribution to all phases of the engineering design and development process appropriate to the goals of your programme.

MEng Modules

  • Year 1

    • Design Engineering Projects 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will develop your knowledge and understanding on a range of modelling and prototyping processes and techniques in order for you to successfully complete a number of projects. You will learn to use a range of workshop machinery to accomplish this and the projects will require you to develop and use a variety of problem solving skills and to utilise knowledge gained from other taught modules.

    • Physical Computing: Electronics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of electronics. You will develop a range of practical skills, attitudes and techniques required to construct electronic circuits successfully.

    • Physical Computing: Programming (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you to write computer programmes in response to a given brief which will respond to and control physical devices and processes.

    • Formal Systems (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and understanding of tools and techniques available to support efficient application of mathematics to engineering design.

  • Year 2

    • Design Engineering Projects 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide the knowledge and skills required to carry out engineering projects and will give you the opportunity to apply them, together with knowledge and skills from other modules, in practical projects.

    • Engineering in Context (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to explore and demonstrate the role and responsibilities of engineers in various contexts outside their subject specialism. These would cover issues such as recognising obligations to society, the profession, the environment and commitment to professional standards. The module will also cover other wider issues such as globalisation (global manufacturing, operating in global markets, cultural issues, financial concerns, risk etc) and its impact on business operations.

    • Control Systems (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of control systems and explains the principles of feedback control. The module also develops your ability to analyse techniques for designing and modelling controllers to solve real world problems based on block diagrams and transfer functions, and to use such techniques in the context of engineering design.

    • Analogue and Digital systems (30 credits) - Optional

      The module aims to provide detailed knowledge of analogue and digital electronic theories and their application. In analogue electronics, you will gain analogue electronic design skills such as a range of circuit analysis theorems, principles and applications of transistor and operational amplifiers. In digital electronics, this module equips you with the necessary knowledge of combinational and sequential logic circuits, finite state machines, and FPGA design using VHDL. The module will enable you to design analogue and digital electronic circuits through the use of appropriate methods and software tools.

    • Robotics and Mechatronics (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to develop your understanding of the concepts and theory of operation that lie behind mechatronic devices and systems. You will gain experiential understanding of the effect that design has on these mechatronic devices through construction, programming, demonstration and analysis. This module will also develop realisable solutions to real world situations and develop your practical capability in the design and realisation of mechatronic systems using appropriate hardware and software. You will also develop a wider knowledge of application of robotics in the real world.

  • Year 3

    • Design and Innovation Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to equip you to understand the process of innovation in an engineering context and be able to appreciate the way it impacts the management of an engineering enterprise.

    • Design Engineering Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to further develop your research skills and written communication, and to develop your ability to build and articulate an evidence-based argument. It will also develop your ability to devise commercialisation strategies.

    • Design Engineering Major Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with the opportunity to undertake a major piece of self-directed engineering design using the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme. The module will provide the opportunity to engage in the project over an extended period and allow you to make a significant personal contribution to all phases of the engineering design and development process appropriate to the goals of your programme.

  • Year 4

    • Advanced topics in Design Engineering (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will allow you to study, in depth, an advanced topic in design engineering. The subject of the module will change periodically reflecting the interests of staff in the department, and the interests of the students studying it. The module mirrors the dynamic nature of design engineering and how it is applied, and serves to illustrate the ever-changing character of the subject. This module will allow you to encounter cutting edge areas of design engineering.

    • Team Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to contextualise, exemplify and consolidate the analytical and technical knowledge and skills in relevant subject areas through engineering group projects. It will provide you with the opportunity to develop your competence in undertaking group projects and engaging in formal project management. It also aims to develop abilities in problem solving, team working, written and oral presentations.

    • Industrial Automation and Control (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to develop your understanding of current approaches and practical techniques used in industrial automation and control. You will also be made aware of the use of modern automation and its influences on design engineering practice.

    • Systems engineering for Robotics (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to develop your understanding of fundamental techniques in system engineering for autonomous robotics. It will develop your understanding of software/hardware integration in robot architectures for advanced tasks, such as vision-based grasping and human-robot interaction. You will acquire knowledge and practical skills of robot vision and other sensory processing, and of machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques in robotics.

    • Advanced Mechatronics and Robotics (30 credits) - Optional

      The module will develop your understanding of the modelling, simulation, design, selection and programming of robotic manipulators and mobile robots. You will gain an understanding of kinematics, dynamics and control of mechatronic and robotic systems as well as practical experience of programming a manipulator. You will gain practical experience of working with software architectures for complex robotic systems and will develop an understanding of issues in mobile robotics such as mapping and navigation.

    • Systems Design and Validation (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to introduce a systems engineering approach for the development of solutions to embedded problems. You will be exposed to the complexities of the design and evaluation of sociotechnic systems, including problems of managing existing components, legacy systems and other imposed constraints such as legal frameworks.

    • System-on-a-chip Design (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to introduce you to the design and implementation of systems typically having potentially complex concurrent behaviour, stringent timing requirements, and significant communication requirements in a single field programmable gate array (FPGA) chip. Examples of the system-on-a-chip (SoC) are ubiquitous and range from portable devices such as cell phones to larger devices such as routers or aircraft controllers. You will learn how to design and integrate central processing unit (CPU, here we use MicroBlaze architecture) with a range of software drivers, periphery interface circuits and memory banks to form a soft processor to suit your specific applications. This design flow will create a complete computing system which constitutes a whole embedded SoC design.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the BEng/MEng Design Engineering support your career?

We encourage you to develop a commercial approach to design engineering via supported live projects with industrial partners. You will undertake contextual studies into the nature of the profession and will be supported to develop an exit portfolio, CV and career entry plan.

Below are just a few examples of the types of careers that you could pursue after graduating with us:

Design Engineer
A Design Engineer role includes researching and developing ideas for new products and systems, and improving those that already exist. Design Engineers work in a wide range of industries on a variety of products and services.

CAD Technician
A Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) Technician uses software to develop design plans such as floor plans, buildings plans and exhibition layouts. CAD Technicians may also work on product designs which are then sent to engineers to create prototpyes.

Electrical Engineer
Electrical Engineers work on designing and developing electrical products and components. This can include electrical machinery, control systems and equipment in a number of industries from transport, to telecommunications, to the armed forces.

Mechanical Engineer
A Mechanical Engineer works on the design, development and maintenance of mechanical components, systems and machinery. A Mechanical Engineer can work in a range of industries where mechanical systems are used.

What support is available?

Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews and networking. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business. Find out more here.

Dr Vaibhav Gandhi
Senior lecturer

Dr Gandhi joined the department in 2013, and is currently the course leader for Design Engineering suite of programmes. His research interests include brain-computer interfaces, biomedical signal processing, computational intelligence, computational neuroscience, use-centric graphical user interfaces, and assistive robotics.

Dr Aleksandar Zivanovic
Technical tutor

Dr Zivanovic joined the department in 2009 and led the programme until 2016. His main area of research is into how robots and humans can work together better by fostering an emotional bond between them. In particular, he believes that if robots exhibit more “natural” movement, it will enable human operators to predict their behaviour.

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    Eduardo Abend

    BEng in Design Engineering

    A great aspect of this course was the practical approach to learning, where the theory was put straight away into practice. I really enjoyed the process of transforming a concept into an actual object and the project-based nature of the course means that it is always diverse and fun.

    The facilities that we had access to were great. I often used the laser cutter, putting into practice the Solidworks (CAD software) skills that we learned. I find it very helpful in my projects, especially developing prototypes.

Other courses

Electronic Engineering BEng/MEng

Start: October 2018

Duration: BEng: 3 years full-time, MEng: 4 years full-time

Code: BEng: H611, MEng: HP10

Robotics BEng/MEng

Start: October 2018, EU/International induction: September 2018

Duration: BEng: 3 years full-time, MEng: 4 years full-time

Code: BEng: H6R1, MEng: H671

Mechatronics BEng/MEng

Start: October 2018, EU/International induction: September 2018

Duration: BEng: 3 years full-time, MEng: 4 years full-time

Code: BEng: H730, MEng: HR30

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