Design Engineering (MEng)
What you study
The MEng in Design Engineering focuses on the design of advanced products, services, experiences and systems across the breadth of engineering and design.
It will enable you to develop a range of fundamental design and engineering skills, with a particular emphasis on creativity, computer-aided engineering tools, optimisation, human factors, design process, and the enterprise skills and industrial experience necessary to launch brand new products to market.
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 the final year in which you will expose to market reaction one of the products you have made during an in-course project.
All first and second year modules are compulsory and we focus particularly on foundational engineering, computing, mathematics and human factors to give you a solid scientific and design basis on which to build. These cover such subjects as mechanics, electronics for product and system design, computing, and mechatronics and robotics.
The third and fourth years include a greater emphasis on advanced modules in design and engineering, and enterprise and entrepreneurship skills. You will have a choice of optional modules, in areas such as design rationale, human factors, and advanced engineering tools, allowing you to specialise in areas of interest. It may also be possible to take optional modules from other engineering degrees at Imperial.
All students will undertake a six-month industrial placement from April in the third year. The placement will be on-site with an industrial partner and supervised jointly by the partner and Imperial. Please note, as a result of the placement that there is not the traditional extended holiday period between the third and fourth year.
A substantial number of companies have already expressed an interest in hosting placements (for example Dyson, IDEO, Arup, McLaren, Adidas, Bosch, Proctor and Gamble, Rolls Royce, Airbus, Jaguar Land Rover, and others) and it is expected that you will have choice from a variety of partners and projects for your placement.
We always welcome new Placement opportunities. Please download our Design Engineering Industrial Placements Corporate Document (PDF) to find out more.
The modules currently offered within the MEng programme are described year by year in the pages below:
For those interested in applying for October 2017 entry, please familiarise yourself with our department specific application process.
For more information on this course, our MEng Programme Specification and MEng Student Handbook are available to download. Alternatively, you can visit Design Engineering prospectus which will also guide you on how to apply.