Design Engineering at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS

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Course summary

Our BEng Design Engineering course aims to bridge the gap between mechanical engineering and product design, for students who wish to incorporate additional design-led modules within a technical mechanical engineering context. As a design engineer you can expect to work in taking concepts from initial ideas to commercial reality over a range of sectors including consumer products, the automotive sector and industrial systems. Our teaching is innovative, with the curriculum based on a hands-on teaching framework called CDIO - Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate. This enables you to apply real-world skills as you learn, enabling you to maximise your learning. Learn in our state-of-the-art facilities, with advanced 3D printing facilitates and engine test laboratories with specialist equipment designed for engineering students. Our close links with industry and the broad basis of our degree programmes ensure our students’ attractiveness to a wide range of employers and enhance our graduate employment record. Graduate opportunities exist in the fields of research, development and design, automotive engineering, manufacturing systems engineering, power generation, advanced technology and computer-aided design, accountancy, management, marketing, Navy, Army and RAF Officer training. Key course benefits:

  • Accredited by both the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • 1st for graduate prospects (General Engineering) (Complete University Guide 2022)
  • Ranked 13th overall in the UK for General Engineering (Guardian University Guide, 2022)
  • Gain specialist knowledge and skills to kickstart your career in design engineering


Year 1: • Introduction to Engineering and Design • Prototyping and Development • Electronic Engineering Fundamentals • Engineering Science 1 • Mathematical Modelling for Engineers • Materials and Manufacturing 1 Year 2: • Advanced Mathematical Modelling • Materials and Manufacturing 2 • Engineering Science 2 • Design and Engineering for the User • Design Studio • Thermal Fluid Science 1 Year 3: Optional placement year Final year: • Advanced Industrial Product Design • Advanced Dynamics and Control • Advanced Solid Mechanics and FEA • Engineering Design & the Environment • Individual Major Project • Professional Engineering Practice Choose one of the following options: • Advanced Systems Design • Advanced Manufacturing • Design Competitions Please Note: All modules are based on the current academic year. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review.

Assessment method

Teaching isn’t just lectures, it’s workshops and practical sessions too. You will be involved in individual and group project work throughout the course, designed to develop individual skills as an engineer as well as communication and the organisational and leadership skills needed to work effectively in a business or organisation. The course emphasises the commercial as well as industrial aspects of mechanical engineering and you will take a number of management-related modules. Assessment is by a combination of exams, project, lab and coursework. Your final degree classification is determined by your performance in all years after the first year.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £21100 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/UK students and £2,500 for International students. For Home students: Tuition fees for UK/Home students may change in line with government policy. When undertaking a placement year, a placement year fee applies. For International students: The International students fee is a fixed annual fee for the duration of the Programme, except whilst on placement when a placement year fee applies.
Design Engineering at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS