Why study Engineering Design?

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

Engineering design structure

This course will allow you to develop a broad understanding of different engineering disciplines, whilst gaining deeper specialist skills in design and systems engineering.

After a common first year, you can choose to specialise in Mechanical, Aerospace or Civil Engineering. The course gives you the opportunity to study bespoke design project units, undertake industrial placements and to work on real-world, multi-disciplinary projects in partnership with industry. It allows the freedom and flexibility to pursue individual interests, providing you with a unique sets of skills to thrive as a 21st century engineer.

Why study Engineering Design in Bristol?

If you are interested in all types of engineering and enjoy teamwork, project work and are keen to work closely with industry, this is the course for you. By studying Engineering Design at the University of Bristol you will benefit from:

  • Studying on one of the most unique and highly ranked General Engineering courses in the UK (2nd in the Times, Complete and Guardian Uni Guides 2023) and gaining exceptional career prospects.
  • A degree course that develops cross-cutting design, analysis, teamwork and leadership skills, whilst providing the freedom to specialise in your individual interests.
  • Innovative design teaching and the chance to work on real-world design projects in partnership with industry.
  • A broad understanding of the environmental, economic and social issues surrounding large-scale engineering projects and how engineers can promote sustainable development.
  • A close-knit community of staff and students in a highly supportive learning environment.
  • We scored 96% for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2021).
  • Opportunities for industrial visits, summer placements, year placements and mentoring with industrial partners, connecting you with a range of potential employers.
  • Access to state-of-the-art teaching and research spaces across the Faculty of Engineering, including design studios, workshops, computer labs and test facilities.
  • Opportunities for professional recognition through a range of Engineering Institutions that the course is accredited by (IED, IET, ICE, IStructE, RAeS and the Institute of Highway Engineers).

Industry placements

The Year in Industry is an invaluable experience for acquiring professional skills and consolidating academic learning. Below you can find quotes from some of our students on their placement year, as well as links to more detailed information about their experiences.


Bristol graduates are among the best in the country and are actively sought after by top employers

The flexibility of the Engineering Design Course means that our graduates move on to a wide variety of careers, including:

  • Structural Design
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Transport System Design
  • Renewable Energy Consultancy
  • Product Design
  • Strategy Consultancy

The numbers

95% of MEng Engineering Design graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.

The average salary for our students 15 months after graduating is £28,500
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Student startup companies

Over recent years, many of our students and graduates have either created their own companies or played a leading role in developing innovative startups.

Student projects

As a student on the Engineering Design course you will work on a variety of rewarding projects, here are some examples of recent student work.

The Engineering Design staff go above and beyond to support you throughout the degree. This course has really shaped the kind of engineer I am today and I cannot recommend it enough!

Nikita Alexander (MEng Engineering Design), Systems Engineer, Novel Engineering Consultants

The industrial year was important in my development as a more professional engineer; the whole cohort had jumped a level in confidence and competency after the year spent in industry.

Andrew Kirby (MEng Engineering Design), Aerospace Engineer, Rolls-Royce PLC

I would highly recommend the course to anyone that wants to make a positive contribution to the world we live in, has technical interests and wants to spend five amazing years of study!

Anna Gasslbauer (MEng Engineering Design), Structural Engineer
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