The degree programme in Engineering Design aims to prepare and equip people to become leaders in industry, the professions and public service. In particular the program aims to develop people to be able to lead large scale projects. The programme was started in 2001 and was inspired by the Royal Academy of Engineering and industrial leaders.
Large scale engineering projects such as the design of cars, aeroplanes, bridges and buildings are brought to fruition by a team of engineers who have a wide range of specialist skills. The team leader for such projects must be able to understand the key objectives of each discipline and have the skills to get the team to work together effectively and efficiently.
The programme gives:
If you look at the Programme Structure you will see that students can choose to be a specialist in a wide range of subjects (see Specialist Streams) and in addition we give students the opportunity to take Open Units from any department in the University. The programme is designed in a very open way so that each student can develop their learning and experience in a way that suits them. Because of the design of the programme, it is only suitable for students who have drive and ambition.
The Engineering Design Programme is a Faculty programme hosted by the Queen's School of Engineering. Many of the course units which students take are provided by the other departments; Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Computer Science. This has the advantage that, unlike in a General Engineering degree course, you are actually studying alongside students who are specialising in subjects like Materials and Dynamics and the Built Environment. In this way you will be up with the best in your specialist subject.
Most Engineering Institutions acknowledge that there is a need for project leaders with wide ranging skills and understandings and are pleased to accredit this course.
This degree programme is unusual in having a set of high-tech companies who form a partnership to support the degree with teaching, placements, visits and projects. The students do a design project in the second year, where teams of students design, build and test a mechatronic system then, in the 4th and 5th year, teams of students work on projects provided by our partner companies. These projects are multi-disciplinary involving Civil, Mechanical, Aero and Electrical specialists.