On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.
- Final Design Project: You'll direct, organise, manage and document a final design project, applying computer-aided design (CAD) tools. You'll justify design decisions throughout specification, concept and detail design stages, and design for the needs of people, technology, industry or society.
- Business Development: Learn the importance of strategic management and how it interacts with the business development process. This will heighten your entrepreneurial spirit and business insight.
- Advanced Mechanics and Simulation: Develop systematic procedures for analyse, communicating work and ideas, practical and aesthetic aspects in design and responsible use of technology. You'll work independently and participate in engineering design disciplines by becoming competent with industry standard simulation technologies.
- Research Based Electronics: Work in a team to address a set of technical problems following individual research. You'll develop problem-solving skills and a learning-centred approach to analysing problems, identifying the required learning for selecting and communicating a solution in your professional life as a design engineer.
The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the final year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.
- Learning and teaching: 222 hours
- Independent learning: 978 hours
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Download the programme specification for BSc (Hons) Design Engineering (Top-Up).
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Background and experience
For Design Engineering (Top-Up) we are looking for applicants who can demonstrate:
- The ability to think both laterally and logically
- An interest in design history & futures, especially of Industrial Design
- An ability to communicate visually - 3-D form, composition, texture, pattern, graphics, etc.
- An interest in learning and promoting the use of digital media and computer design visualisation systems as design modelling tools
- Making technology serve people by leading the use of industrial methods, processes and materials.
We hear much about saving the planet and systems of consumption that end in unnecessary waste.The type of applicants we are looking for are people who see themselves becoming designers of a sustainable future, designing expressive, humane, but commercially viable products. Design engineers typically are capable of handling a broad portfolio of consultancy work. For example the designer Santiago Calatrava is described as an artist whose medium is engineering. Consequently, we are looking for applicants whose studies have incorporated a combination of the following topics: design, technology, art or graphics, psychology, business studies and/or a philosophy, literature, or media studies subject.
Applicants for this course are required to attend an informal interview, where you will be asked to show a portfolio of your work to support your application. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply webpages.
Full entry requirements
Foundation degree accredited to Partial IEng/EngTech level or academic qualifications that have been approved at Partial IEng/Eng Tech level through the IED Education and Training Committee or equivalent.
GCSEs: This course requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs or equivalent at grades A* to C, including Maths and English.
Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes, but is not limited to, GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application, please contact the askBU Enquiry Service to find out more.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
- IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.
You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our international entry requirements page.
Engineers are constantly in demand and this course will give you all the skills and knowledge you require to do well in this varied and fascinating sector. When you graduate, you'll be equipped to take on a range of design and engineering roles across sectors as diverse as the aerospace and automotive industry to consumer electronics and domestic products design.
We have an excellent employment record with graduates from our Design Engineering course, with 88.9% in work or further study within six months of finishing their course. Among the organisations they are working for are Aish Technologies Limited, Canyons, General Electric Aviation, Made Lovingly Made, Modulift, Pall Aerospace, Stanley Investments Building Services and Visteon, among many others.
The jobs you could take on include:
- Mechanical design engineer
- Production supervisor
- Design engineer
- Design draft person
- FEA engineer.
This course is accredited by the IED and the Engineering Council, which means you will have all the skills you'll need to get started in the industry as soon as you graduate.
Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our Postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.