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BSc (Hons) Design Engineering (Top-up)

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  • UCAS Code:
    H150
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

This influential programme brings together sophisticated computer tools, engineering and creativity to produce design engineers for the twenty-first century.

On this course, you’ll learn how to use the latest solid modelling, rendering and product simulation tools to model and evaluate your designs, as well as gaining an in-depth understanding of the engineering principles underlying the product development process. Designed to develop your abilities in this exciting area, the course content integrates technology, arts, market awareness and the skills needed to use advanced product development tools.

The year is based upon an individual project, and you'll have easy access to all the university facilities as well as guidance and advice from academic staff. All students will have the opportunity to showcase their work at our annual Festival of Design & Engineering.

This degree has been accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

1 year full-time

Accreditations:

Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE)

Relevant subjects:

Engineering, electronics or computing

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For 2019 entry: A Foundation degree accredited to Partial IEng/EngTech level or academic qualifications. Find out more about entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) with a minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

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Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course.

Download the programme specification 2018, 2019 and 2020 entry (pdf 2.9mb) Download the programme specification 2021 entry (pdf 339kb)

Your application

Design Engineering (Top-Up) will suit applicants who can demonstrate:

  • The ability to think both laterally and logically
  • An interest in design history & futures, especially of Industrial Design
  • An ability to communicate visually - 3-D form, composition, texture, pattern, graphics, etc.
  • An interest in learning and promoting the use of digital media and computer design visualisation systems as design modelling tools
  • Making technology serve people by leading the use of industrial methods, processes and materials.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

Engineers are constantly in demand and this course will give you all the skills and knowledge you require to do well in this varied and fascinating sector. When you graduate, you'll be equipped to take on a range of design and engineering roles across sectors as diverse as the aerospace and automotive industry to consumer electronics and domestic products design.

We have an excellent employment record with graduates from our Design Engineering course, with 88.9% in work or further study within six months of finishing their course.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be.  You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student; see our Belong+ pages for more information.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

What our students say

David Maw

My placement involved work as a commercial structural engineer using Autodesk and Solidworks Finite Element Analysis software to model, analyse and optimise structures

What our students say

Sophia Anoa

The knowledgeable staff and holistic approach to the industry really appealed to me. I love the variety on my course – I’ve covered everything from model making to business studies.

What employers think

Anglepoise

Every year we’ve taken on a placement student and it works very well for us, gives us a different perspective and supports our technical and design capabilities.