Dyson School of Design EngineeringUCAS code: 28G3
ECTS: 270 credits
Start date: October 2017
Duration: 4 years full-time

LocationSouth Kensington

Design engineering is the fusion of design thinking and engineering knowledge and practice, within an innovation and enterprise culture. 

Please note this course is new and therefore the employment and student satisfaction data provided at the bottom of this page is an illustration of provision in the subject area rather than specific data for this course. The surveys this data is drawn from are completed after all four years of the course, and this course was first available in 2015/16.

About the course


Design engineering concerns the design of products, services, systems, as well as experiences and artefacts relevant to designing and enabling modern society and the society of tomorrow.

This degree develops a range of fundamental design and engineering skills, with a particular emphasis on:

  • creativity
  • computer-aided engineering tools
  • optimisation
  • human factors
  • design process
  • enterprise skills and industrial experience necessary to launch new products to market

Graduates of this integrated Master's programme will be capable of bridging the gaps between engineering, design and business in commercial contexts.

The course covers fundamental engineering across several fields, design techniques, business and communications skills. We focus particularly on foundational engineering, computing and mathematics in the first two years to give you a solid scientific and design basis.

The third and fourth years include a greater emphasis on advanced modules in design and engineering, and enterprise and entrepreneurship skills.

Industrial placement

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.

A substantial number of companies have already expressed an interest in hosting placements, and it is expected that you will have choice from a variety of partners and projects for your placement.

Project work and coursework

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 which you will expose to market reaction one of the products you have made during an in-course project.


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Year 1

All first year modules are compulsory:

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Communication in Design
  • Contextual studies in Design Engineering
  • Production and Materials
  • Design 1
  • Engineering Analysis 1.1 – Mechanics
  • Engineering Analysis 1.2 – Energy and Design
  • Engineering Analysis 1.3 – Electronics
  • Computing 1

Year 2

All second year modules are compulsory:

  • Gizmo (Mechatronics and Robotics)
  • Engineering Analysis 2.1 – Advanced Mechanics
  • Engineering Analysis 2.2 – FEA
  • Engineering Analysis 2.3 – Electronics for Product and System Design
  • Design 2
  • Computing 2
  • Big Data
  • Engineering Design Project

Year 3

Compulsory modules
  • Engineering Design Management and Rationale
  • Robotics 1
  • Optimisation 1.1 – Fundamental Optimisation
  • Group Project
  • Industry Placement (April–September). The placement will be on-site with the industrial partner and supervised jointly by the partner and Imperial
Optional modules
  • Design Art Creativity
  • Design Led Innovation and Enterprise
  • Optimisation 1.2 – System Design and Applications

Year 4

Compulsory modules (includes subject tutorials)
  • Enterprise Management
  • Independent Project
  • Enterprise Roll Out to launch one of your project outputs to market
Optional modules (includes subject tutorials)

The following list of modules are those currently available; the selection may be altered to accommodate new modules:

  • Robotics 2
  • Optimisation 2
  • Industrial Design
  • Engineering Design Analysis

Course prerequisite

In order to undertake the Design Engineering course, you will need to have a laptop computer for some classes and coursework of the following minimum specification:

  • Intel i7 Gen processor
  • NVIDIA K1100M or higher graphics card
  • 16GB RAM
  • 500 GB SSD HDD
  • Recommended: Windows 7 or higher

If you do not have your own laptop, the School has a number of laptops available for loan for the duration of your course – a deposit of £100 will be required, refundable on return of the laptop at the end of your programme of study.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page, which gives the minimum entry requirements for a range of international qualifications.


The minimum requirement is A*AA overall, to include:

  • A in Mathematics

Both scientific and non-scientific A-levels will be considered towards the requirement (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).

Practical endorsement (practical science assessment)

If you are made an offer you will be required to achieve a pass in the practical endorsement in all science subjects that form part of the offer.

International Baccalaureate

For students following the International Baccalaureate, we require 38 points overall, to include:

  • 6 in Mathematics at higher level

Other qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates with qualifications other than A-levels and from candidates demonstrating other competencies. Candidates who have been accepted in recent years have had qualifications such as: Scottish Certificate of Education, International and European Baccalaureates, and the Irish Leaving Certificate.

Candidates with other competencies are given special consideration and are always treated on their individual merits. However, we do not accept Foundation Course qualifications. See admission of students with other competencies.

English language requirements (all applicants)

All applicants must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for undergraduate applicants.

Selection process

On the basis of the information given on the UCAS application, promising applicants will be invited to attend an interview conducted by a member of our academic staff. The aim of this interview is to assess applicants’ aptitude for the course and also to give them an opportunity to raise questions about both the course and the College.

Overseas applicants may be offered an interview via Skype.

Professional accreditation and associateship

As a new degree, we're working towards gaining professional accreditation. It is expected that graduates of the course will receive accreditation from at least one of the following bodies:

  • Institution of Engineering Designers (IED)
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

This degree also leads to the award of the Associateship of the City and Guilds of London Institute (ACGI).

What our graduates do

Like graduates of our postgraduate courses, who have gone on to highly successful careers in companies such as Samsung, Apple and Bentley, and launched start-ups such as Bare Conductive and Omlet, this course is designed to equip you with creativity, enterprise skills and industrial experience that will appeal in a wide range of industries.

Tuition fees

Home and EU students

2016 entry:

£9,000 per year

Please note the tuition fee you pay may increase slightly each year in line with inflation and subject to UK government regulations. If you have applied for a Tuition Fee Loan (see below), your loan entitlement will automatically increase to reflect any changes; you will need to reapply for a loan each year at the new fee rate.

Islands and overseas students

2016 entry:

£26,750 per year

Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Fees for 2017 entry have not yet been confirmed. These will be published here in September 2016 so please check back for details.

Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation. Find out more about fee status assessments.

Home and EU students (with the exception of Graduate Medicine students) can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of their fees each year.

Home students may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to help with their living costs.

How to apply

UCAS Apply system

To apply to study at Imperial you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

The UCAS code for Imperial College London is I50.

Application deadlines

All applications which include choices for medicine must be submitted to UCAS by 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2016 for entry in October 2017.

The deadline for other courses starting in 2017 is 18.00 (UK time) on 15 January 2017.

Students at a school/college registered with UCAS

All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international institutions are registered with UCAS.

To make it clear which school or college you are applying from you will need to ask one of your teachers or advisers for the UCAS buzzword. You will need to enter this in UCAS’s Apply system when you register.

See our How to apply section for further guidance.

Independent applicants and students at schools/colleges not registered with UCAS

If you’re applying independently or from a school/college not registered with UCAS you will still need to use UCAS’s Apply system. You will not need a UCAS buzzword.

See our How to apply section for further guidance.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

For more information about the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS), please see the International Student Support website.

Tracking your application

Once you’ve completed your application and it’s been submitted through UCAS’s Apply system, you can use UCAS’ Track system to follow its progress and manage your choices.