Engineering Design

Inspired by the Royal Academy of Engineering, this unique course aims to develop high calibre engineers who can lead complex engineering projects vital to modern society.

After a broad common first year, students can choose to specialise in Mechanical, Aerospace or Civil Engineering, studying technical units alongside students from these discipline focused degree programmes. What makes the course unique is that it also gives opportunities to study bespoke design units, to undertake industrial placements and to work on real-world design projects in partnership with industry. It is accredited by all of the main professional engineering institutions and is supported by leading companies from a wide range of engineering sectors.

Our Students' Projects

A unique feature of the course is the major design project that students undertake during the final two years of their degree, working in collaboration with one or more industrial partners. Recent examples include the following projects:

  • Lower Limb Assistive Device

    Design of Exoskeleton Devices

    Industrial Partner: DCA

    Supported by DCA, a leading design consultancy, the group designed and prototyped a lower limb exoskeleton device able to aid movement using muscle signals.

  • Engineering design - Ultra pods

    Demand Responsive Transport Systems

    Industrial Partners: Arup and Bristol City Council

    Working with Arup and Bristol City Council, the group developed a demand responsive transport system for Bristol, aiming to reduce congestion by combining passenger and freight transport.

  • Engineering design - Turbines and solar panels

    Renewable Energy Microgrids

    Industrial Partner: IT Power

    Supported by IT Power, an energy consultancy, the team developed new techniques for designing renewable energy microgrids for remote communities.

Our experts

Over the course of the degree, you will be taught by experts with a diverse range of interests in Engineering Design, such as:

The Programme Directors are Professor Stuart Burgess and Dr Paul Harper.


Sinead LynchThe links with industry are what really set this course apart. Partnerships with industry-leading companies give you an industry ready skill set that enhances your employability. My placements with Atkins and GKN involved design, process engineering, project management and business development projects.

Sinead, MEng Engineering Design

AccreditationEngineering design - logos

This programme is accredited by a number of top engineering organisations.