Design Engineering

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 9 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 11.2 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2025
401–500 place StudyQA ranking:6911 Duration:36 months

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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 Design Engineering at Middlesex?

Our degree produces confident designers and the national awards won by our students demonstrate the quality of their work (find out more in the Student Work tab above). You will explore the design and implementation of digital systems and become proficient in using the latest industry software. You will create new designs and also learn to improve the performance and efficiency of existing products. To support career success, you will build a professional portfolio of work, take part in a regular guest lecture series by industry professionals, and carry out exciting work placements in companies and organisations across London.

Our suite of Design Engineering courses allow you to study a common first year and then either continue on the pure Design Engineering course, or choose to focus on one of the following pathways:

  • Analysing and developing robotics systems

  • developing analogue and digital systems

  • developing systems that control physical motion

Course highlights:

  • 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 delivered by some of the UKs leading design experts and companies

  • 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

  • If you decide to take up one of the pathway routes, you still have the option of changing back to the standard Design Engineering degree at the end of your second year

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
  • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
  • GBP 11200 Year (Non-EEA)
Start date October 2015 October 2015 EU/International induction: September 2015 Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Part-time, Full-time Intensity Flexible More information Go To The Course Website

Course Content

Year 1

  • Design Engineering Projects 1

  • Physical Computing: Electronics

  • Physical Computing: Programming

  • Formal Systems

Year 2

  • Design Engineering Projects 2

  • Engineering in Context

Plus two pathway specific / optional modules.

Please note: you have the option to apply for a placement year between your second and third years.

Year 3

  • Design Engineering Major Project

Plus two pathway specific / optional modules

MEng Year:

  • Team Project

Plus 2 x Optional Modules from:

  • Embedded Systems: Advanced Programming

  • Systems Design and Validation System-on-a-Chip Design

  • 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?

Throughout your studies you will build the confidence to develop and implement modern technologies relevant to electronic products and systems, and learn to communicate ideas effectively. Active participation in industry sponsored live projects will encourage you to gain leadership qualities, management skills and confidence in your work, both on individual and group projects.

The fourth MEng (postgraduate) year allows you to specialise your studies further by working on a team project in your chosen specialism. You will also broaden your design engineering knowledge by choosing two optional modules.

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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test.


We normally consider applicants who already have 280 credits, including one science and one numerate subject 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.

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 . For details of other equivalent requirements that Middlesex accepts see .

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).

Middlesex also offers an (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.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Middlesex University.

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