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Design Engineering BEng

Gain the skills in the digital systems you'll need to launch your career.
October 2022
3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK) *
£14,700 (EU / INT) *
Course leader
Vaibhav Gandhi

Why study design engineering with us

Our design engineering degree gives you the hands-on skills and project experience you need to gain a competitive edge in both the industrial and commercial fields of design engineering. Our design engineering course gives you the skills, the knowledge, and the hands-on experience to put you at the forefront of the next generation of design engineers.

You’ll get to grips with the digital systems and software you need to gain an insight into electronics, mechatronics, robotics and networking solutions. Guided by guest lecturers and industry professionals you’ll get the help, advice and feedback you need to start building your professional portfolio while you study.

Build your design engineering skills

Our weekly guest lectures give you the chance to enhance your industry knowledge. You'll build contacts with some of the industry’s leading design experts and companies. We are uniquely linked with redLoop, Middlesex’s design and innovation centre, which each year gives a number of student interns the chance to develop their skills and professional competencies by working on live projects for real clients

You’ll enhance your career prospects through our networking events, work experience opportunities and the chance to showcase your work at design engineering competitions. You’ll also have the option to get a foot in the industry door with a paid, year-long work placement.

From your second year, you’ll have the option to carry on with your design engineering degree or transfer to a specialist robotics or mechatronics programme.

The course is accredited by the Institute of Engineering Designers.

Get the support you need to succeed

When it comes to support, you’ll be matched with a Personal Tutor to get the backing you need. You’ll also get support from our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants who have personal experience in your subject.

We’ll also give you the help you need to develop your exit portfolio, CV and career entry plan, to fully prepare you for a career in areas that range from design engineering and electrical engineering to mechanical engineering and CAD product design.

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What will you study on the BEng 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.


  • 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 tools 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

    • 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.

  • Year 2: Choose one of the following pairs of modules

    • 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.

    • Electronic Engineering Projects 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with 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.

  • Or

    • 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.

    • 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 design prototyping, 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.

  • Sandwich placement year

  • 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. You will engage in the project over an extended period of time and will be expected to provide a significant personal contribution to all phases of the engineering design and development process, appropriate to the goals of your programme.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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How can the BEng 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 prototypes.

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.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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