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Explore Design & Engineering

Explore Design & Engineering

If you enjoy anything practical, are creative and love to problem solve, future studies in Design & Engineering could be for you.

Find out more about what studying these subjects at university might be like and the career and placement opportunities that are possible by hearing from our current BU students and lecturers.


If you would like to acquire a broad theoretical knowledge alongside the practical skills to develop and create new products, a future in design could be for you. These degrees involve elements of design as well as being hands-on and practical. Careers that you could enter with this degree include a CAD technician working with computer software, a product designer for a company or even creating interiors for companies or individuals.

If you are forward-thinking and would like the opportunity to create the products of the future, it would be worth considering a course in Product Design Futures.


Think of all the different objects that you have used so far today. Have you messaged a friend on your phone? Have you travelled around on your bike? Did you use a toothbrush as part of your morning routine? It is important to realise that all these products will have been created by an engineer at some point during the process.  

If you love the opportunity to solve problems, like to apply your maths and science knowledge, and have a real eye for detail, engineering could be the career for you.  

Within engineering courses, there is the opportunity to specialise in a particular field. This might be design engineering which combines an engineering mind set alongside a love of design or mechanical engineering if you enjoy understanding how things work. All engineering degrees cover a broad range of skills, enabling graduates to work in many different industries.   

Find out more about what studying engineering at university might be like by clicking on the links below. 

What are the differences between Design & Engineering degrees?

If you’re unsure which is the course for you, take a look at our course pages below to find out more.

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BA (Hons) Product Design

This BA (Hons) option on our Product Design course focuses on aesthetic and contextual issues relating to Product Design. You’ll choose between following the BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) option after your placement year.
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BSc (Hons) Product Design

The BSc (Hons) Product Design focuses on the technological aspect of design whereas the BA focuses on the aesthetic and contextual issues relating to product design. You don’t need to decide which route you’ll take until your final year.
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BA (Hons) Product Design Futures

The BA (Hons) Product Design Futures course looks at the future of design, challenging existing design direction and thinking and consideration of where it needs to go.
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BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

You can take this course as either a BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) or MEng (Master of Engineering) qualification. Whichever level you choose to study, this degree develops high-calibre engineers who are able to function both as engineers and technology leaders.

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Design & Engineering courses

See how our Design & Engineering courses will help you prepare for a career in this practical and exciting sector.

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