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.

Highly ranked

Bristol is ranked 2nd in the UK for General engineering (Guardian University Guide 2023), with 100% student satisfaction (NSS 2016–2020).

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).

Entrepreneurship

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

Engineering Design courses for 2023

Single Honours

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 ​and 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

A student smiling while using a large piece of engineering equipment.

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.

Engineering Design

Engineering Design courses for 2023

Single Honours

Inspired by the Royal Academy of Engineering, this in-depth course aims to develop high-calibre engineers who can lead complex engineering projects that are vital to modern society.

Our course gives you the opportunity to study bespoke design units, to undertake industrial placements, and to work on real-world design projects in partnership with industry.

Why study Engineering Design at Bristol?

Our MEng Engineering Design course is ranked top in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2021) and our 100 per cent overall student satisfaction score for the past five years (NSS 2016-2020) demonstrates our commitment to outstanding teaching.

Our bespoke engineering design modules allow you to learn from leading experts in design methods. There are opportunities to work in interdisciplinary teams on applied engineering projects with our industrial partners.

The course offers flexible study, allowing you to select a specialisation in aerospace, civil or mechanical engineering after your first year and a wide range of options in later years of the course.

Through opportunities to take summer placements and an assessed year in industry you will gain industrial experience before you graduate, developing excellent career prospects. The course is accredited by numerous professional engineering institutions and is supported by leading companies from a wide variety of engineering sectors.

Our close-knit community of staff and students provides a highly supportive learning environment.

What kind of student would this course suit?

This course will suit you if you are interested in a variety of engineering disciplines and are keen to work closely with industry through design projects and placements during your studies. This course places a strong emphasis on allowing students to tackle realistic, interdisciplinary design projects and is well suited to those who enjoy problem solving in teams.

How is this course taught and assessed?

The main engineering disciplines are taught in lecture classes with students from other engineering courses. These units are assessed mainly by exam.

Group design is a central theme of the course and is assessed through reports and presentations that look 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 skill developed through the course mean that MEng Engineering Design graduates are highly valued by companies looking for numerate, well-organised and articulate applicants.

The industrial placements and design projects provided by our industrial partners allow you to gain applied experience in a wide range of areas before graduating, including product design, renewable energy, manufacturing, aerospace and civil engineering.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.

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