Engineering Design

Engineering Design courses for 2017

Single Honours

Set up in conjunction with the Royal Academy of Engineering to develop leaders for complex multidisciplinary projects, this unique five-year degree combines the strengths of Bristol's Faculty of Engineering with those of major international companies from a variety of engineering sectors.

As well as providing a salaried industrial placement during the third year of the course, our partner companies help shape the curriculum, support major interdisciplinary projects, and provide opportunities for site visits.

You can delay your choice of specialisation in aerospace, civil or mechanical engineering until the start of year two and the flexible nature of the course allows you to tailor your studies to your own interests.

Why study Engineering Design at Bristol?

Large-scale engineering projects today involve teams of specialist engineers. This course is aimed at developing leaders for such projects. You will study the fundamentals of all the main engineering disciplines as well as some bespoke engineering design units.

From year two onwards, you will be able to choose an aerospace, mechanical or civil stream, studying alongside students from these discipline-focused courses. However, you are able to take Open Units in years four and five, allowing you more flexibility than on our other degrees, and enabling you to choose from a wider range of modules, including some outside the Faculty of Engineering.

There is more to big projects than engineering; you will learn to work in multidisciplinary teams on big projects sponsored by our partner companies. These projects will help you to develop teamworking skills. Team leaders need good communication skills, and an understanding of the economic, legal and environmental drivers of engineering projects, and so you will also learn about these.

On this relatively small course, you benefit from small-group teaching, a strong team spirit, lots of flexibility in what you study and outstanding career prospects through our close links with industry.

What kind of student would this course suit?

This course would suit those with interests in a variety of engineering disciplines and a desire to work closely with industry through placements and design projects during their studies. The strong emphasis placed on allowing students to tackle realistic, interdisciplinary design projects during the course is also very well suited to those who enjoy problem solving in teams.


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How is this course taught and assessed?

The main engineering disciplines are taught in large lecture classes with students of the other engineering disciplines. These units are mainly assessed by exam.

A central theme of the course is group design, which is assessed by reports and presentations, looking for creativity and engineering competence.

What are my career prospects?

The majority of our graduates become professional engineers. The quality of our students and the skills they develop mean that Engineering Design graduates are highly valued by companies looking for numerate, well-organised and articulate applicants.

Our partner companies rate our students highly, which is why they continue to support this accredited degree. Partner companies include: Arup, Atkins, Babcock, DCA, DNV-GL, Fraser-Nash, GE Aviation (Dowty), GE Avionics, GKN, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Renishaw, Rolls-Royce, Mabey, Zodiac Seats and The Manufacturing Technology Centre.

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.


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