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This degree has been developed to meet the demand for skilled, professionally competent, Design Engineers. It is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer (IEng). 

With access to cutting-edge features including 3D scanners and printers, modern manufacturing & technical workshops and cutting-edge prototyping facilities, you’ll develop an expert technical knowledge, while being encouraged to think creatively about design problems.

You'll discover how to use the latest solid modelling, rendering and product simulation tools to create and evaluate your own designs, as well as gaining an in-depth understanding of the engineering principles underlying the product development process. Designed to develop your abilities in this exciting area, the course content integrates technology, arts, market awareness and the skills needed to use advanced product development tools.

After building a solid foundation of knowledge in year one, you’ll develop your design skills in year two. In year three you’ll have the chance to complete a potentially career-enhancing 30-week work placement, and in your final year you’ll display your design project at our annual Festival of Design & Engineering, which is open to businesses and the public. Why not register online to come and meet them and view their work?

95% of our final year students agreed that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well. You can register online now to come and meet us at an open day, or join our live chat to find out more.

For 2019 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.

This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in August 2018 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

4 years full-time with a minimum 30-week placement or 3 years full-time. You will be enrolled onto the 4-year degree, but can opt out of the placement year

Accreditations:

Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) & the Engineering Council and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 104-120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2018 entry requirements page

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components) or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements page.

Course details

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.

Year 1

Core units

  • Design Engineering Projects 1: Developing a creative, dynamic and structured approach, you'll solve a series of design problems using project and time planning techniques. This unit is led by Dr Khan and benefits from research informed education through our live project work in collaboration with The Tank Museum.
  • Materials & Processing: Learn about important properties of metals, plastics, ceramics and composites and why and how they're picked for product design. Energy and other environmental issues of materials and their processing are also covered.
  • Design Media: Present two and three dimension drawings, renderings and designs using manual and computer visualisation techniques. You'll learn how to professionally present your design media in an industrial situation.
  • Engineering Principles: The theory and application of a range of mechanical engineering principles relevant to the design of components, structures and machines. You will be expected to apply mathematical analysis to the solution of statics design and dynamic problems and develop realisable solutions of design and engineering problems involving fluids and thermodynamics.
  • Electrical & Electronic Principles: You'll gain practical experience through designing and using printed circuit boards (PCBs) for an engineering system.

Year 2

Core units

  • Design Engineering Projects 2: Approach complex designs creatively, dynamically and professionally. You'll combine methods from a variety of subjects to complete different projects.
  • Manufacturing & Production: You'll learn about modern manufacturing processes for competitive product development.
  • Engineering Design Tools: Learn about applied 3-D modelling techniques to support your design visualisation, realisation and presentation. You'll learn to support your design process by using computer, physical modelling and presentation skills, and colour, texture and light using computer and manual techniques.
  • Management & Commercialisation for Technical Projects: An introduction to business and management. You'll learn to identify and use a company's strengths and evaluate opportunities for competitive products. There will be a focus on consumer marketing, decision making, intellectual property rights, product liability and financial and management accounting.
  • Engineering Simulation: Take part in engineering design practices and learn about new technologies for mechanical and electronic concepts. You'll become familiar with industry standard simulation technologies.

Year 3 (Placement)

You will complete a minimum 30-week industrial work placement which can be carried out anywhere in the world. You'll get an opportunity to include a period of academic study during this time. The placement year offers a chance to gain experience and make contacts for the future.

Year 3/4 (Final year)

Core units

  • Design Engineering Projects 3: You'll manage an entire industrial design project through specification, conceptual and detail design and present this through CAD visualisation and digital media. You'll design for the needs of people, industry and society.

  • Business Development: The importance of strategic management in the business development process. You'll raise your entrepreneurial spirit and business decision-making. This will enhance your capacity to recognise and capitalise on competitive and innovative opportunities in a changing business environment.

  • Advanced Mechanics & Simulation: Systematic procedures for analysis, communication of work and ideas, practical and aesthetic aspects in design, and responsible use of technology. There's a mix of applied mechanics, biomechanical engineering, computer simulations, design, and energy science and technology.

  • Research Based Electronics: You'll work in a team on a set of technical problems after individual research. This will help you to develop problem solving skills and effectively communicate solutions in your professional life as a design engineer.

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during each 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.

You are taught manual workshop skills in the first year which are further developed in the second year by introducing you to more advanced manufacturing tools such as CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) milling and rapid prototyping.In the final year you spend your time working on independent projects. You are not expected to produce a prototype for your final year project; many students use simulation tools to demonstrate the functionality of their design.

Year 1 – 35% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 389 hours
  • Independent learning: 811 hours
  • Non-credit bearing learning and teaching: 10.5 hours 

Year 2 – 27% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 295 hours
  • Independent learning: 905 hours

Year 3 - Placement year

Year 4 - 16% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 222 hours
  • Independent learning: 978 hours

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course. As an indication, 88% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for BSc (Hons) Design Engineering.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Placement opportunities

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career so we offer every student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

The experience that you will gain during your placement is invaluable in helping to make informed decisions about your future career path, as well as enhancing employment prospects upon graduation. We provide a great deal of help and support to ensure you achieve a rewarding and satisfying placement.

During the placement year you will have the chance to develop your interpersonal skills and build on the theory and knowledge you have gained so far. Many of our students find that they are offered permanent jobs after graduation by their placement companies. Some of the organisations that have offered placements this year are:

  • GE (General Electric)
  • Bentley Motors
  • Mercedes AMG Petronas
  • Aish Technologies
  • Catepillar
  • NATS
  • Robert Bosch Ltd

Why not read about some of our students’ experiences? What’s more, you can also choose to take your placement abroad,giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

How long is my placement?

You will begin your placement after completion of your second year of study and you must complete a minimum of 30 weeks.

Your application

Background and experience

The overall philosophy of this course is to produce graduates who, starting from an initial need, can design and develop well considered and potentially commercial products. Therefore, the ability of the applicant to think both laterally and logically, in both artistic and scientific domains is crucial in order to satisfy aesthetic, ergonomic, technological, manufacturing, standards and economic criteria.

In addition to the need for a broad basic knowledge and the ability to communicate in a wide range of disciplines, is the recognition that applicants must be able to think both creatively and analytically. The applicant must also have a desire to be able to learn about design by producing working prototypes of their solutions.

Experience of CAD would be beneficial although not essential.

Selection methods

We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their UCAS applications – and you may also be invited to attend an interview. For that reason, make sure your application really stands out from the crowd, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply webpages.

Interview 

You will need to attend an interview for this course - find out more about what to expect at an interview, including where the interviews are held, and what you need to bring. You can bring along a portfolio of your work to support your application, however this is not essential and may not be required. Please do not bring along educational certificates or other documents.

The dates of interview sessions will be available through myHub. You will receive details of how to access myHub once you have applied to BU.

Our offer making process

Our offer making will typically be based on your main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.

If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.

How we'll assess your application

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.

If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 6-20 points below the published tariff.

Unconditional offer scheme

Applicants who are predicted to achieve strong academic results will be eligible for BU’s Unconditional Offer Scheme in recognition of their academic performance and potential to succeed at university. If you are selected for the scheme and commit to us as your firm choice of university, then we will match this commitment by making your offer unconditional, which will guarantee your place at BU.

You will receive a standard conditional offer based on the entry requirements for your course via UCAS Track and your offer letter – it will advise that you are eligible for the unconditional offer scheme. We will then update your offer to unconditional should you choose BU as your firm choice on UCAS Track. We believe that unconditional offers reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible, and we will reward you with an Academic Excellence scholarship of £1,000 in your first year if you achieve AAA or above at A-level or equivalent.

2018 entry requirements

We use the UCAS Tariff to show our entry requirements and will accept a combination of grades from your qualifications. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to tariff points.

The entry requirements for this course are 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC 112 tariff points (Grade DMM).

Excluded subjects: General Studies.

GCSEs: This course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications..

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 Future Students Enquiry Service to find out more.

Other qualifications: We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Future Students Enquiry Service. It may be that we can still consider it.

Access courses: 102 - 112 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.

BTEC qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: 112 tariff points (Grade DMM)
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff
  • BTEC National Foundation Diploma/90-credit Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent.
  • BTEC National Extended Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: 104 - 112 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects

Cambridge Technical qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: 112 tariff points (Grade DMM)
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff
  • Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent
  • Introductory Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 - 31 overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects.

Scottish Advanced Highers: 104 - 112 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.

Extended Project Qualification: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent.

Deferred entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.

International entry requirements

English language 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 of the 4 components) or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course? Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.

Academic entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students’ page.

Careers

Engineers are constantly in demand and this course will give you skills and knowledge to enter 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.

According to a recent report by the Economist, BU is ranked 3rd for boosing graduate salaries. In 2014, our graduates earned an average of £39,800: £10,809 more than the expected earnings.

90% of graduates from our Design Engineering course are 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:

  • Business development agent
  • Construction project manager
  • Design and development engineers
  • Mechanical 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.

Further study

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.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Meet our staff

Associate Professor Dr Tania Humphries-Smith is the current Chair of the Institute of Engineering Designers (IED), the UK’s only professional body representing those working in the many fields of engineering and product design. The IED accredit this course.

Course leader Dr Nigel Garland is an active member of the IED. He works with industrial and academic colleagues to develop and revise British and International standards such as BS8888 (Engineering Drawing Practice).

Dr Bryce Dyer, a Senior Lecturer in Product Design, created a new limb for athlete Colin Lynch, which will be used as he represents his country at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

No hidden extras

Course specific material(s) included in your tuition fee:

  • A2-A0 Plots for CAD coursework

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services. You will receive more information if you're made an offer of a place on the course.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork, and non-financial support whilst on placement
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Optional fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Student section of the website

Repeat units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies (with or without attendance) you  may be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 per 20 credit unit.  

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Accreditations

Institution of Engineering Designers & the Engineering Council

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

This course fully meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

Course changes

The table below indicates the latest changes to this course.

Date Changes to this course Where the change was made Previous text
15/11/17

After an annual review of the placement year tuition fee,  a price increase in line with current inflation, equating to 3% has been introduced.

Fees £790
06/09/2017

2018 entry requirements have changed to104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. BTEC: 112 tariff points (Grade DMM).

Key facts and 2018 entry requirements 

The entry requirements for this course are 104-120 tariff points including 3 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

06/09/2017

2018 GCSE entry requirements have changed to This course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications. 2018 entry requirements

This course requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C  (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.

06/09/2017

Change of first year unit from Statics & Dynamics to Engineering Principles

Course details content

Statics & Dynamics: Through a mix of laboratory and/or software-based exercises, lectures and seminars, you'll learn about a range of static and dynamics principles for design components, structures and machines. You'll mathematically analyse static design solutions and dynamic and kinematic design problems.

Change of title of these units:

Year one: Design Engineering 1

Year two: Design Engineering Projects 2

Year three: Design Engineering Projects

Course details content

Year one: Design Methods & Projects

Year two: Design Projects

Year three: Final Design Project

14/12/16

Change of title to Year 2 Unit: Engineering Design Tools

Course details content

Visualisation Tools

What our students say

Sophia Anoa

The knowledgeable staff and holistic approach to the industry really appealed to me. I love the variety on my course – I’ve covered everything from model making to business studies.

What our students say

David Maw

My placement involved work as a commercial structural engineer using Autodesk and Solidworks Finite Element Analysis software to model, analyse and optimise structures

What employers think

Anglepoise

Every year we’ve taken on a placement student and it works very well for us, gives us a different perspective and supports our technical and design capabilities.

Facilities & opportunities

Innovation Centre

Innovation Centre

Learn about our Innovation Centre, where students craft their prototype products using a range of tools and equipment.

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Design & Engineering Festival

This showcase for the Faculty of Science & Technology provides a window into final-year students’ product design, engineering and creative technology innovations.

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