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    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. 

    Why study BEng/Meng Design Engineering: Embedded Systems at Middlesex?

    ‘The facilities that we have access to are great. I often use the laser cutter, putting into practice Solidwords (CAD software) skills that I’ve learned’

    Eduardo Abend, BEng Design Engineering graduate 2013

    Our BEng/MEng Design Engineering: Embedded Systems degree prepares you for entry into this dynamic field. You will focus on developing computer based systems using microcontrollers. Such systems are at the core of many products such as consumer electronics, automotive systems, healthcare products and many other industrial applications.

    You will be part of a well-resourced department and study among like-minded and ambitious students. Our degree produces confident designers, while exciting work placements and a professional portfolio will prepare you to be career ready.

    Course highlights:

    • This is a very well-equipped and resourced award-winning department, with over 100 high spec workstations with dedicated CAD/CAM equipment, electronics manufacturing and prototyping facilities
    • Our dedicated Festo mechatronics facility is equipped with the latest industrial automation equipment and an integrated flexible manufacturing system.
    • A suite of additional computers provides resource for LabView and Multisim tools as well as associated hardware such as NI-ELVIS training equipment and Compact Rio control systems provided by National Instruments
    • You will extend your knowledge through lectures with inspiring guest speakers from the industry
    • We offer opportunities to undertake exciting work placements with global companies
    • You will be supported in developing an exit portfolio, a CV and a career entry plan
    • If you apply for our four- year MEng Design Engineering course you will gain a masters qualification as soon as you successfully complete your undergraduate degree and if you apply in Year 1 you can receive funding to cover your postgraduate course fees

    Did you know

    Our School of Science and Technology received 90% satisfaction from our students (NSS, 2013)


    • Year 1
      Design Engineering Projects 1 (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To develop problem solving skills and be able to carry out projects which will require synthesis of knowledge gained from other taught modules. To develop knowledge and understanding of a range of modelling and prototyping processes and techniques. To gain competence in the operation of workshops through formal health and safety training.
      Formal Systems (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To develop confidence and fluency in the use of formal modes of discourse in engineering design. To develop an understanding of the power, limitations and constraints of the use of formalisation within engineering design. To gain familiarity with a set of tools and techniques to support efficient application of mathematics to engineering design.
      Physical Computing Electronics (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To gain basic knowledge of the fundamentals of electronics. To develop practical skills, attitudes and techniques required to construct electronic circuits successfully.
      Physical Computing: Programming (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To enable students to write small working computer programmes in response to a given brief that take inputs, make decisions and control outputs.
    • Year 2
      Control Systems (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To provide knowledge and understanding of control systems and explain the basic principles of feedback control. To develop 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.
      Design Engineering Projects 2 (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To provide opportunities to undertake integrated design projects, in a supported learning environment. The projects will be one of the following: A sponsored live client-led project A collaborative project-based opportunity with another university, school or institution. A speculative project arising out of emergent opportunity. The projects will provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge gained from other modules in a task-directed, goal-oriented scenario.
      Embedded Systems: Operating Systems (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To introduce students to the operating systems currently used in embedded systems. The module will concentrate on issues relating to operating system selection, their use and limitations. Students will be able to configure and test these systems and make various platform comparisons and understand their performance.
      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.
    • Year 3
      Design Engineering Major Project (60 Credits) - Compulsory
      To provide students with the opportunity to undertake a major piece of engineering design that is self-initiated and self-managed. The module will provide the opportunity to engage in the project over an extended period of time and allow the student to make a significant personal contribution to all phases of the engineering design and development process appropriate to the goals of their programme.
      Embedded Systems: Advanced Programming (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To gain a working knowledge of Assembly Code. To gain knowledge of multi-tasking techniques for parallel processing on embedded systems. To gain a deeper knowledge of networking and communication protocols for embedded systems.
      System Design and Validation (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To introduce a systems engineering approach for the development of solutions to embedded problems. To expose students to the complexities of the design of socio-technic systems, including problems of managing existing components, legacy systems and other imposed constraints such as legal frameworks.

    MEng Year:

    Team Project
    2 x Optional Modules

    One module from:

    • Embedded Systems: Advanced Programming
    • Advanced Mechatronics and Robotics
    • Industrial Automation and Control
    • Dissertation, Research Methods, Articulation and Professional Practice
    • Design and Innovation Management
    Another module from:
    • Embedded Multimedia Systems
    • Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing
    • Software Defined Radio and Digital Communication Systems
    • Multimedia Signal Processing and Communication

    What will you study?

    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.

    What will you gain?

    Core design capabilities

    You will:

    • Learn to systematise a problem, recognise its constraints and design an effective method to solve it
    • Implement the developed method, understand its efficacy and modify it accordingly.

     Extended design capabilities

    You will:

    • Meaningfully engage in problem definition, framing and reframing
    • Recognise development opportunities and generate new design propositions
    • Analyse complex, unstructured and ill-defined engineering design opportunities and develop methods and approaches to engaging with them that lead to meaningful and productive outcomes.

    You can find out more about teaching and assessment in the programme specification

    Teaching and learning

    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.


    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 make offers on 280 UCAS tariff points. GCSE English and Maths with a minimum of Grade C are required. BTEC National Diploma/International Baccalaureate/Advanced Progression Diplomas are also accepted. We accept Access to HE Diploma. Applications from mature candidates without formal qualifications are welcomed provided they can demonstrate appropriate levels of relevant ability and experience.

    International entry requirements

    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.

    English language 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) or TOEFL internet based 72 (with at least 17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading).

    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.

    Entry into year two or three (transfer students)

    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.

    What are the career options with a degree in Design Engineering: Embedded Systems?

    This course opens the door to a varied career in an exciting industry. Our degree prepares you for work in a number of areas. We encourage you to develop a commercial approach to design engineering via supported live projects with industrial partners.


    Where do our graduates go?

    As a BEng Design Engineering 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.

    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.

    What about work placements?

    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.

    Graduate roles

    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 range 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 our students say 

    EduaStudent Profile Eduardo_mediumrdo Abend
    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 Abend's Project

    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."

    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.

    James Dyson Award

    UK New Designers James Dyson Product Design Award 2007 
    James Dyson International Award 2008 (£5000)

    Michael Chen, BSc (Hons) Product Design and Robotics

    Press Coverage

    BBC Newsbeat
    Daily Mail
    Times Online

    Find out more about the James Dyson Foundation  


    Eurobot - UK Champions 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 
    Teams from BSc (Hons) Product Design and Robotics.

    Eurobot 2011 image gallery

    For further information on Eurobot, please visit the Eurobot website.

    WorldSkills UK

    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.

    Institution of Engineering Designers

    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

    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.  

    Audi Designs of Substance

    Runner-up 2007 - Sophie Meiners, BA (Hons) Product Design
    For further information please visit the Audi Design Foundation website.