Design Engineering

Study mode:Blended Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 11 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 31.8 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2024
11 place StudyQA ranking:2473 Duration:4 years

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Design engineering concerns the design of products, services, systems, as well as experiences and artefacts relevant to designing and enabling modern society and the society of tomorrow.

This degree is new for 2015 entry. It will develop a range of fundamental design and engineering skills, with a particular emphasis on:

  • creativity
  • computer-aided engineering tools
  • optimisation
  • human factors and enterprise and their integration in design-engineering projects

The course covers fundamental engineering across several fields, design techniques, business and communications skills. We focus particularly on foundational engineering, computing and mathematics in the first two years to give you a solid scientific and design basis.

The third and fourth years include a greater emphasis on advanced modules in design and engineering, and enterprise and entrepreneurship skills.

All first and second year modules are compulsory. The third and fourth years include several optional modules, allowing you to specialise in areas of interest. It may also be possible to take optional modules from other degrees at Imperial, which will be added to the prospectus as discussions progress.


All students will undertake a six-month industrial placement from April in third year. The placement will be on-site with an industrial partner and supervised jointly by the partner and Imperial.

A substantial number of companies have already expressed an interest in hosting placements and it is expected that you will have choice from a variety of partners and projects for your placement.


The course contains a substantial number of project and coursework modules of increasing scale throughout the programme.

You will incrementally combine your engineering and design skills with business knowledge in successive projects. This will culminate in an Enterprise Roll Out module, in which you will manage the launch to market of one of the products you have made during an in-course project.


All first year modules are compulsory:

  • Induction Projects
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Communication in Design
  • Contextual studies in Design Engineering
  • Production and Materials
  • Design 1
  • Engineering Analysis 1.1 – Mechanics
  • Engineering Analysis 1.2 – Thermodynamics and Design
  • Engineering Analysis 1.3 – Electronics
  • Computing 1


All second year modules are compulsory:

  • Gizmo (mechatronics and robotics)
  • Engineering Analysis 2.1 – Advanced Mechanics
  • Engineering Analysis 2.2 – FEA
  • Engineering Analysis 2.3 – Electronics for Product and System Design
  • Design 2
  • Computing 2
  • Big Data
  • Engineering Design Project


Compulsory modules

  • Engineering Design Management and Rationale
  • Robotics 1
  • Optimisation 1.1 – Fundamental Optimisation
  • Group Project
  • Industry Placement (April–September). The placement will be on-site with the industrial partner and supervised jointly by the partner and Imperial

Optional modules

  • Design Art Creativity
  • Design Led Innovation and Enterprise
  • Optimisation 1.2 – System Design and Applications


Compulsory modules (includes subject tutorials)

  • Enterprise Management
  • Independent Project
  • Enterprise Roll Out to launch one of your project outputs to market

Optional modules (includes subject tutorials)

The following list of courses are those currently available; the selection may be altered to accommodate new courses:

  • Robotics 2
  • Optimisation 2
  • Industrial Design
  • Engineering Design Analysis


The minimum requirement is A*AA overall, to include:

  • Grade A (minimum) in Mathematics

All other scientific and non–scientific A-levels will be considered towards the requirement.


For students following the International Baccalaureate, we require 38 points overall, to include:

  • 6 in Mathematics at higher level


We welcome applications from candidates with qualifications other than A-levels and from candidates demonstrating other competencies. Candidates who have been accepted in recent years have had qualifications such as: Scottish Certificate of Education, International and European Baccalaureates, and the Irish Leaving Certificate.

Candidates with other competencies are given special consideration and are always treated on their individual merits. However, we do not accept Foundation Course qualifications.

Admission of students with other competencies

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