BSc (Hons) Design Engineering

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This Design Engineering programme has been designed through our close industry links with leading engineering and design companies and provides the specialist knowledge and expertise required for a professional career in design engineering. Project based learning in all years, including live industry-led projects, will help you develop the transferable skills and multi-disciplinary awareness so highly prized by industry.

Study Design Engineering at Manchester Met and in Year 1 you will learn the fundamentals of design and technology and the relationship products have with their users and their environment, developing your practical and project skills in our specialist workshops. Year 2 will enhance your practical and analytical skills through study of design methods, environmental considerations, materials and the manufacturing process. You will also take on a specialist role in a group project and start detailed planning of your career. Further specialist study and projects in the final year, all informed by our  active research and industrial partnerships, will give you experience of the latest design challenges faced by industry and society.

Our Design Engineering degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purpose of meeting the academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer.

Features and Benefits

  • This degree is also available with a Foundation Year. This means if you have the potential to study at degree level, but you don’t meet the entry requirements, you can choose to study a foundation year which will help you prepare for entry into Year 1
  • Spend a year on an industry placement if you take our four-year route, including a third year industry placement
  • Tackle real challenges from the world of engineering. Every year, we invite industry and academic colleagues to set new, live projects that challenge our students to devise innovative solutions to current problems. You’ll get feedback and advice directly from industry insiders and have the chance to find out exactly what it takes to impress a potential future employer
  • Showcase your engineering and design skills in extra-curricular group projects like the Formula Student racing car competition or the Engineering For People Design Challenge
  • Apply to become a STEM Ambassador, which is an excellent way to develop your communication skills. We’ll give you full training to help you share your enthusiasm for engineering, design and technology in schools and at public events
  • Adapt your schedule to suit your needs through our drop-in workshops and laboratories
  • In your final year, you’ll present your work at the Department's degree show which will be attended by industry representatives
  • This course shares a common first year with our BSc in Product Design and Technology, so you may be able to transfer between courses.

Engineering Futures Yearbook

Check out the fantastic project and design work from our 2018 graduates of the Department of Engineering.

“I have worked in industry for a number of years, developing a keen understanding of what employers in the design engineering sector want. I bring this to my teaching every day, to give my students experience of real world challenges and to help develop the engineers and product designers of tomorrow.” Haydn Insley, Senior Lecturer in Product Design Engineering

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

"The tutors are brilliant – each one has a different experience of academia and industry and as such they offer students a broad, well-textured view of the world. They have encouraged me to be determined, ambitious and to challenge myself throughout my studies." 

Sarah Scholes-Lawrence BSc (Hons) Product Design & Technology

Career Prospects

There is a high demand for design engineers and product designers in small to medium enterprises and industry. Our Design Engineering graduates occupy a variety of design roles across many industries, consultancies and manufacturers.

Employers outside of design and manufacturing sectors also recognise the skills and problem-solving capacity of product design graduates, and there may be opportunities in sales, commissioning, finance, teaching and management as well as roles managing technology to support a range of organisations.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


104-112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BCC-BBC) with A2 to include Maths, Technology, Science, Design and Technology or Art and Design subject.

BTEC Extended Certificate, National Diploma, National Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM). BTEC in a relevant (Engineering/Art and Design/Applied Science) subject.

BTEC Business and BTEC Creative Media Production not accepted.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language, Science and Mathematics. GCSE Science and Mathematics requirement may be met through the Level 3 requirements for the course. Please contact the institution if further information is required.

Level 2 Functional Skills English and Mathematics also accepted. BTEC Level 2 in Applied Science also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject (Engineering/Science) with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points.

International Baccalaureate points

26 Diploma points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

Your first year begins with two weeks of interactive, hands-on practical induction to give you the opportunity to get to know your fellow students and the academic and technical staff who will support your studies. You will work on a series of mini challenges that will include activities in our specialist laboratories and workshops. After induction, we will provide a range of classes and structured self-study activities to develop your knowledge of the course fundamentals and to practice the key technical and study skills that you will need for your future success.

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Core Units

Design Skills

This unit explores creative design thinking and problem solving and introduces the learner to manual and CAD drawing, plus graphical communication methods, manual and digital. Model making and prototyping methods will be explored. 

Engineering Design and Practice

The focus for this unit is a design and build challenge, in which you will develop and test devices such as autonomous vehicles and you will have the opportunity to represent MMU in a contest with other universities. You will be combining the skills and technical principles from all your level 4 units and learning about research, materials and processes, project planning and management, personal development planning , communication and creative thinking.

Engineering Materials and Manufacture

Develop an understanding of the skills required in manufacturing processes and the application of the appropriate materials. Through the use of mathematics and engineering analysis, it will also provide an introduction to new technologies.

User Centred Design

This unit will enable the learner to understand the relationship products have with those that use them and the environment in which they are situated.

You start the second year with an internationally themed group project, working with students from your own and other courses, to give you a flavour of what it is like to work on a multi-disciplinary engineering team. We will encourage you to develop your career plan and to apply for a sandwich placement year. The multi-disciplinary and global theme continues in your project-based activity throughout the year, alongside in depth study of your degree’s specialist technical topics. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the work of our research groups, to help you choose an area for your individual, final year project.

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Core Units

Professional Design and Practice

The focus for this unit is a challenge set by one of our industrial partners, in which you will work in a multi-disciplinary group. You will learn how to evaluate an industrial case study with respect to sustainability and ethical and professional standards; how to contribute to the research, planning, management and quality assurance of a multi-disciplinary project; and how to use your experience to develop and present a personal career development plan.

Environmental Design

Developing an awareness of the Product/Engineering Designers contribution to and impact upon the people and environments with which they work.

Applied Engineering Principles

This unit will provide knowledge and understanding of how to apply key principles within engineering, mechanics, design and manufacturing.

Design Communication

Developing skills using CAD software to analyse the design proposal including detailed assemblies, drawings and animations. Using digital and manual techniques to enhance the quality of professional communication.

The final year of our Design Engineering course includes a major individual project and study of the latest developments and challenges in your chosen specialist area.

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Core Units

Individual Engineering Project

In this unit you choose a specialist field and application and evaluate the related published research and the industrial and professional context of a current problem including safety, environmental and ethical considerations. You then research, design, plan and manage a specialist technology solution. At the end of the unit you will present and defend the project to academic specialists in the field and to peers, industrialists and employers.

Engineering Management

This unit is about the principles of engineering management. You will learn how to apply business and management knowledge to industrial engineering and how to deploy advanced practices for managing operations in an industrial context. You will also develop skills to model, simulate and analyse engineering management systems, learning how to build appropriate probabilistic models to support effective decision-making.

Design Engineering

The design and development of a new product based around a 'staff initiated project' brief enabling the demonstration of engineering design skills and abilities and proven through advanced processes and systems.

Advanced Design Communication

Developing a thorough understanding of advanced CAD/CAM techniques and presentation methods, plus a working knowledge of digital prototyping methods.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Optional foundation year

Additional information about this course

Due to professional body requirements, this course differs from standard University Assessment Regulations in that a minimum pass mark is required for each element of assessment. Also, compensation cannot be applied in all units and the Marginal Fail Category for which compensation can be applied differs from that in standard University Assessment Regulations.

Placement options

Department of Engineering

Our Department of Engineering comprises more than 60 academic staff and post-doctoral researchers, supported by an experienced technical team and a wide range of specialist equipment and resources.

The school strives to align their research to the needs and challenges of industry and society, ensuring that research has a wide impact. Teaching and learning in the school are employability-focused, with a focus on practical skills and knowledge that reflects what students will do in engineering roles when they graduate.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,000 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs


Students often choose to buy a laptop or tablet for use on campus (approx. £800), however there are PCs on campus and students can also borrow laptops. Students may need a smart phone or wireless device to participate in interactive class quizzes, etc. All personal protection equipment (PPE) for labs and a basic toolkit is provided by the Department. Laboratory and workshop consumables are also provided. Product Design and Design Engineering students may choose to buy optional artists accessories such as marker pens, sketch pads and portfolio cases. All reports, etc. for assessment are submitted as electronic files except the Level 6 Project Report for which printing and binding costs (up to 50 pages) will be borne by the students. Costs for the printing of posters for Employability events and graduate year books will be paid by the Department.

Placement Costs

Students may have to contribute to the cost of optional social trips organised by Student Societies. The costs of compulsory industrial visits (if any) are paid by the Department or by sponsorship secured from the Professional bodies (PSRBs). There is the option of taking a placement year. Costs vary hugely between countries and areas, so it is very important to research costs well ahead of time and budget accurately. Students are expected to cover the costs of attending placement interviews and any additional travel/accommodation costs incurred to take up optional short term or sandwich placements.

Professional Costs

The Department of Engineering will cover the costs associated with student/affiliate membership of one PSRB. Students will be expected to contribute to the cost of any additional memberships or enhanced PSRB membership status and to the cost of any optional professional accreditation courses in the use of software packages.

Other Costs

Costs for student-led projects will be paid subject to approved business cases submitted by the students under the supervision of academic staff. Artefacts built for projects normally remain the property of the Department, but students may be offered the opportunity to purchase them for the cost of the materials used.


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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

HJ3X - BSc (Hons) Design Engineering

HJ3Y - BSc (Hons) Design Engineering with Foundation Year

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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