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 their third year. The placement will typically be on-site with an industrial partner and supervised jointly by the partner and Imperial. The placement calendar means that there is not the traditional extended holiday period between the third and fourth year.
A substantial number of companies have links with Imperial as a basis for placements (for example Dyson, IDEO, Arup, McClaren, Adidas, Bosch, Proctor and Gamble, Rolls Royce, Airbus, Jaguar Land Rover, and others). During the third year students prepare for and apply to companies who best match their developing design engineering interests and capabilities.
During the placement students will complete a body of work, which together with the profile of the company significantly enhances graduate CVs.
We always welcome new Placement opportunities. To find out more please download our Design Engineering Industrial Placements Corporate Document (PDF) or visit our industry placements page.
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.