Engineering Design

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

Number 1 in the UK

Bristol is ranked top for General Engineering in the UK (Times Good University Guide 2022). Our Engineering Design students gave the course 96% for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2021).

Earning potential

MEng Engineering Design graduates from Bristol earn a higher average salary 15 months after graduation than other UK graduates with the same degree (Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2017/18 graduates).


Many recent graduates have either created their own companies or played a leading role in developing innovative startups.

Engineering Design courses for 2022

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Engineering Design at Bristol

21st-century engineering projects, vital to modern society, require a multi-disciplinary approach, systems thinking and good leadership. The success of such projects relies on engineers who can balance broad cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills, with deep disciplinary expertise.

Inspired by the Royal Academy of Engineering, this unique and flexible course aims to develop engineers with exceptional knowledge and skills, by offering flexible study, specialisation in aerospace, civil or mechanical engineering after the first year of study and a wide range of in-depth options in later years of the course.

You will learn from leading experts in design methods, and you may work in interdisciplinary teams on applied engineering projects with our industrial partners.

Through opportunities to take summer placements and an assessed year in industry you will gain industrial experience before you graduate, developing excellent career prospects. You can do your placement in areas including built environment, transport, product design, renewable energy, manufacturing, aerospace and civil engineering.

The course is accredited by numerous professional engineering institutions and is supported by leading companies from a wide variety of engineering sectors.

The Industrial Liaison Office manages our links with world-class engineering and tech companies, making sure that you engage with industry throughout your study. In your first year you will be assigned an industrial mentor to support your personal development. You can also take advantage of talks from industry insiders and internships schemes.

Find out more about why you should study engineering design at Bristol.

The engineering design staff go above and beyond to support you throughout the degree ‚Äčand there is a very friendly student community. This course has really shaped the kind of engineer I am today and I cannot recommend it enough!

Nikita, MEng Engineering Design

Career prospects

The majority of our graduates become professional engineers. MEng Engineering Design graduates are highly valued by companies looking for numerate, well-organised and articulate applicants.

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.
What our students do after graduating

Course structure

The degree provides a common core of engineering units in materials, structures, dynamics, fluids, electronics, mathematics and computing, taken alongside other engineering undergraduates. In the first year, there is also teaching in design concepts and use of computer-aided design software.

During your second year, these skills are enhanced through detailed group design projects, and you will choose one of three pathways aligned with aerospace, civil or mechanical engineering.

The third year is usually a paid placement in industry, which forms an assessed part of the course and is closely monitored by the University. You will be given similar levels of responsibility as graduate entrants, with opportunities to mange your own projects.

Returning to the University in your fourth year, you will have a clearer idea about what type of engineer you want to become and will be able to tailor your studies by selecting from a wide range of optional units based on our faculty's outstanding research strengths.

You will conduct major group research and design projects during the fourth and fifth year that address genuine business interests from our industrial partners and are conducted in collaboration with them.

Widely accredited

The course is accredited by leading professional engineering institutions, including:

  • Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Institution of Engineering Designers
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology 
  • Institution of Structural Engineers
  • Royal Aeronautical Society.

The industrial placement supports your progression towards chartership before graduation.

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