Design Engineering (MEng)
Typical offer range
A* A A to A* A* A
with A in Mathematics
with 6 in Mathematics at higher level
Standard English language requirement
For those interested in applying, please familiarise yourself with our department specific application process.
For further guidance and information, please see the Design Engineering prospectus.
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.
During the placement students will complete a body of work, which together with the profile of the company significantly enhances graduate CVs.
To find out more please visit our industry placements page.
In October 2017 the IED (Institution of Engineering Designers) granted accreditation to the MEng in Design Engineering at Imperial College London. In January 2020 IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) also granted accreditation to the programme. This is a tremendous achievement and endorsement of the programme.
The School has also sought accreditation from IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers) who visited the School in November 2019. The accreditation decision will follow in the near future and we shall update this page at that time.
To see an outline of the course content and modules please click here
DESIRE (Design Engineering Selected Innovation REward)
For modules where there is a design engineering output in the form of significant coursework, a module leader or delegated representative selects one item of output for the Design Engineering Selected Innovation REward (DESIRE). This is a prestigious award within the School, and something that all students will, we hope, aspire to win on a few occasions throughout their degree. DESIRE selected works need not necessarily be associated with the top mark or grade scoring project, and can be awarded to a group or individual.
Your can find information on our previous DESIRE awards here.
Bucatini Water Tower Challenge
Our 2nd year students were challenged to design and build a scale model water tower.
Published on 01 March 2017
Our second year Design Engineering students were challenged to design a water tower constructed with an undisclosed biodegradable material for economical construction in the developing world.
Following their finite element analysis and simulation of their design, the students were set a final, surprise challenge: to build a scale model using their secret biodegradable material, bucatini pasta strands. The models were then destructively tested and assessed against their simulations.
First year Design Engineering students compete in the Mechanics 1 catapult challenge.
Published on 18 November 2016
First year Design Engineering students compete in the Mechanics 1 final to out-calculate each other and shoot the most accurate projectiles from a catapult at a target. They also compete for the best medieval-themed costume.