‘A great aspect of this course is the practical approach to learning, where the theory is put straight away into practice.’ Eduardo Abend, BEng Design Engineering graduate 2013
Design engineers are innovators who develop products and the systems used to make them. Our award-winning department will encourage you to aim high and achieve your design engineering ambitions.
Our BEng Robotics degree prepares you for entry into this dynamic field. You will develop problem solving skills and be encouraged to identify opportunities for engineering innovation throughout your studies. Using the latest software packages and industry standard equipment, you will focus on analysing and designing robotic systems, solving engineering problems, and understanding the impact that the role of a design engineer plays in enhancing and improving the average person's every day life.
Our degree produces confident designers, while exciting work placements and a professional portfolio will prepare you to be career ready.
You will have the opportunity to put what you’ve learned to practical use and make valuable industry contacts should you decide to complete a work experience placement in your second year.
Throughout the course you will build your confidence to develop and implement modern technologies relevant to electronic products and systems. You will develop the ability to communicate ideas effectively, verbally, in reports and by means of active participation in industry sponsored live projects from the start of the course. This will encourage leadership qualities, management skills and confidence in your work, through individual projects and group work.
We encourage you to demonstrate your talent by entering your work in prestigious awards, which can support career success. You will extend your industry knowledge through our series of weekly guest lectures delivered by some of the UK’s leading design experts and companies.
Core design capabilities
Extended design capabilities
You can find out more about the course in the programme specification.
As well as attending lectures and seminars, you will learn through laboratory sessions, practical classes and CAE and IT workshops. You will design, build and test projects, learning through experimentation, problem-solving, analysis and discussion; you will also go on industrial visits. You will work on group and individual projects, following them up with reports, and broaden your knowledge through independent study.
You will interact with many guest lecturers from professional backgrounds, and work on projects with professionals. In addition, you can opt to extend the course by a year, and spend the third year doing a paid work placement of between 36 and 48 weeks, which we will help you to find. We will help you build up a portfolio of work and a good CV ready for an exciting career.
You will enjoy regular tutorial contact with academic staff, and you will be assessed by a variety of methods. You will be graded of course on your designs and projects, both group and individual, but you will also submit essays and reports, give presentations and do tests. If you choose to do an industrial placement, this will also form part of your assessment.
We normally consider applicants who already have 280 credits, including one Science and one Numerate in relevant subjects which is compatible with our modules. GCSE English and Maths with a minimum of Grade C are required. Your suitability for credit transfer onto one of our courses will be assessed on an individual basis. Please refer to the credit transfer webpage for further information.
We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information under support in your country. For details of other equivalent requirements that Middlesex accepts see entry requirements.
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex course in year two or three. For full details of how this works see transfer students.
This course opens the door to a career in the rapidly growing network industry. Our degree prepares you for work in a number of exciting areas including robotic and system design and implementation, network consultancy and design software applications development . Recent graduates have progressed onto masters courses or have secured jobs with global companies in wireless and digital design, network design and engineering design and planning.
As a BEng/MEng Robotics graduate you will have excellent career prospects; the range of potential employers will be vast across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Some graduates also choose to continue onto further study.
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.
Work placements increase your success in the job market – as well as being a fantastic experience. You can further develop your interpersonal skills, build your confidence, and make contact with industry leaders. By making a good impression during your placement year, you greatly increase your chances of securing a job with the company after graduation. Research shows that 70% of placements result in a graduate job offer.
Below are just a few examples of the types of careers that you could pursue after graduating with us:
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 range of products and services.
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 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.
Eduardo is studying a BEng in Design Engineering and is enjoying the project-based nature of the course. "A great aspect of this course is the practical approach to learning, where the theory is 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 have access to are great. I often use the laser cutter, putting into practice the Solidworks (CAD software) skills that we've learned. I find it very helpful in my projects, especially developing prototypes."
Eduardo is currently part of a group project which is developing the 'Physiball', a small rubber ball incorporating a motion sensor board. "The Physiballs are intended to aid physics learning within a classroom or in experiments where the balls could be bounced, rolled or thrown. Our group is also starting to explore specific areas including power supply, wirelesss communication and sensor boards."
Eduardo was recently awarded a bronze medal at the Worldskills Uk National Competition in the mechatronics category. Several other students were recognised for their Design Engineering work at the event, and will compete to represent the UK at Worldskills in Sau Paulo. Read more about our students' success here.
Product Design and Engineering (PDE) at Middlesex University continues to win both national and international recognition for the quality of its courses and the capability of its students. In a demanding marketplace, PDE is the differentiator between the best and the other providers of Design and Engineering courses in the UK.
UK New Designers James Dyson Product Design Award 2007
James Dyson International Award 2008 (£5000)
Michael Chen, BSc (Hons) Product Design and Robotics
Eurobot - UK Champions 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Teams from BSc (Hons) Product Design and Robotics.
For further information on Eurobot, please visit the Eurobot website.
2010 - Mobile Robotics (Gold Medal); Mechatronics (Gold Medal)
2009 - Mobile Robotics (Gold Medal) Puja Varsani and Peter James; Mechatronics (Silver Medal).
2007 - Mobile Robotics (Silver Medal) Tom Foran and Mehmet Ali Erbil; Mechatronics (Gold Medal) Michael Saxton and Symonds Wu
Find out more about WorldSkills UK.
Individual Thesis Prize 2010
Elliot Tanner (MSc Design Engineering)
for his Thesis entitled 'Rope Ascending Device Performance' which he undertook in collaboration with DMM Engineering Ltd of Snowdonia.
Individual Thesis Prize 2009
Peter Cox (MSc Design Engineering)
for his project entitled ‘Inclusion of RFID Chips within Surgical Tools to Carry Calibration Data’.
IED Group Project Prize 2009
Elliot Tanner and Theo Antal (MSc Design Engineering)
for their project entitled ‘Nano Scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicles’.
Individual Thesis Prize 2008
Robin Read (BSc Product Design and Robotics)
for his project entitled 'The Design and Development of an End-Effector for a Wheelchair-Mounted Robotic Arm'.
Jonathan Hock (MSc Design Engineering)
for his MSc Thesis entitled 'The Development of a Nano Air Vehicle for Reconnaissance Applications'.
IED Group Project Prize 2007
Jonathan Hock, Pinar Djemil and Philip Krausbrauer (MSc Design Engineering)
for an innovative lamp post climbing robot design.
IED Thesis Prize 2007
for Catherine Wicks (MSc Design Engineering) in collaboration with the Aging Driver research project.
IED Group Project Prize 2006
for Mathew Dixon (MSc Design Engineering) in collaboration with Ford UK.
For further information on the IED please visit the IED website.
For further information on the IED awards, please visit the IED awards page.
Institute of Mechanical Engineers Student Project Competition 2008 Vicon Prize for the Best Project Involving the Design or Development of a Medical Device.
Winner - Robin Read, BSc (Hons) Product Design and Robotics, for the design and development of an End-Effector for a wheelchair-mounted robotic arm. See more information here about the Vicon Prize.
Runner-up 2007 - Sophie Meiners, BA (Hons) Product Design
For further information please visit the Audi Design Foundation website.