Prospective students

Founded in 2001 and inspired by the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Engineering Design programme aims to develop high calibre engineers with the skills needed to work in multidisciplinary design teams and to lead large-scale engineering projects. Key features of the programme are as follows:

  • A unique course for future engineering leaders.
  • Industrial experience before you graduate through summer placements and an assessed year in industry, providing excellent career prospects.
  • Flexibility of study, allowing students to select a specialisation in Aerospace, Civil or Mechanical Engineering after year 1 and to choose from a wide range of options in later years of the course.
  • Bespoke Engineering Design modules, allowing students to benefit from leading expertise in design research and techniques.
  • Opportunities to work in interdisciplinary teams on applied engineering projects with the course’s industrial partners.
  • A small close-knit community of staff and students, with cohort sizes of only 20-30 students each year.
  • The information below summarises our selection process for those interested in applying.

Programme Aims

The programme aims to:

  • Produce engineering graduates with the necessary foundation skills and knowledge to lead multi-disciplinary engineering design projects.
  • Teach a range of design methods and give an overview of the latest developments in design research.
  • Give an understanding of the basic concepts behind aerospace, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering.
  • Teach via a combination of engineering science units together with problem-based learning using multi-disciplinary design projects.
  • Give an engineering systems approach to design including the effects of legal, environmental and business requirements.
  • Give a specialist competence in one discipline to Master's level.
  • Give a real understanding of engineering industry gained through an industrial placement(s).
  • Develop a culture of self-learning through challenging projects and industrial placements, which require knowledge and transferable skills beyond the taught lecture material.
  • Give students experience of working on an interdisciplinary group design project in collaboration with an industrial partner.
  • Continue to attract outstanding students irrespective of background or disability.

Entry requirements

In selecting candidates for this programme we shall be looking for:

  • A good grounding in Maths and Physics or Maths and Further Maths.
  • One or more other subjects to a high level equivalent to A level. Preferably there will be some non-scientific study.
  • Some demonstration of leadership in some of their wide-ranging extra-curricular activities.
  • An interest in technical or engineering subjects.
  • A real grasp of some sort of activity that requires technical understanding. This last is understood in the widest sense so a good grasp of the technical aspects of some sport, music, theatre, modelling etc.

If you are keen to apply for this programme and require more information on our entry requirements please visit Undergraduate study.

Admissions procedure and overseas students

Applicants are scored and ranked based on their academic record, according to their achieved or predicted results, with the following weightings: GCSE 10% | A-level 40% | Supplementary questions form 50%

We do not use the personal statement to distinguish between applicants with similar academic profiles. Instead, we ask applicants who fulfil our academic requirements to complete a supplementary questions form. Forms are sent to applicants shortly after we receive their UCAS application. Applicants must return the form by the specified deadline or their application will be unsuccessful. The form is used to rank applicants according to the following criteria:

• Evidence of problem solving and engineering/science awareness

• Evidence of organisational skills and collaborative/team working

• Evidence of drive, commitment and self-motivation Offers are made to the top-ranking applicants.

For these courses, applicants are not routinely interviewed. In the majority of cases, admissions decisions will be made on the basis of the application information alone. Version: 1.0 Date: 1 August 2018 Page 2 of 5 In exceptional circumstances where an interview is deemed necessary, it will be conducted by at least two people, with at least one of whom has been trained in fair and effective recruitment techniques, and undertaken in accordance with the University’s policy on equal opportunities. The criteria for assessing interview performance may include, for example, demonstrated interest in, suitability for, and commitment to the subject; evidence of clear thinking and understanding, and of problem-solving and analytical skills; standard of spoken English; appropriateness of the Bristol course in relation to the applicant’s declared interests and aspirations; non-academic achievement and/or experience, or extra-curricular interests, that indicate the likely contribution an applicant will make to the life of the University; positions of responsibility held; other relevant skills.

Admission statement

Please visit the link to view the ‌Engineering design Undergraduate Admissions Statement (PDF, 215kB)

The admission statement should also be read in conjunction with the University Admissions Principles and Procedures.

Contact for central Admissions, who will be processing your application:

Undergraduate Admissions Office
Howard House
Tel: 0117 39 41640


Please visit:


By email: Roz Okatan 

By post:University of Bristol
Queens School of Engineering
Room 0.16
Queen’s Building
University Walk

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