Students using software to design a product

BEng (Hons) Design Engineering

Explore design and manufacturing and develop your practical skills

3 years full time
Bognor Regis Campus


Discover design strategies and processes

This BEng (Hons) Design Engineering degree will explore digital technologies and engineering manufacturing processes. You will develop your practical skills and theoretical understanding on engineering design through a range of modules, workshops and projects. 

You will explore a range of design strategies and develop the technical, digital and practical skills you need to have an impact in the industry after you graduate. You may have the opportunity to work on live projects and gain real industry experience during your degree.

You will be taught in small, interactive seminar groups and complete interdisciplinary projects in every year of your degree, allowing you to put your learning immediately into practice. You will work in collaboration with students studying mechanical and electrical engineering as well as working on live client based industrial projects where possible.

On this course you will:

  • Explore topics including design orientated approaches to engineering.
  • Have opportunities to work on live projects.
  • Study in the £35 million Digital and Engineering Technology Park.
  • With insight to human factors and CAD/ digital applications.
    Develop your technical, digital and practical skills.
  • Prepare to enter the industry after you graduate.

Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

This course is taught in small, interactive seminar groups at our Tech Park. This is different to traditional engineering courses which often involve large, impersonal lectures.

You will learn through seminars, workshops, tutorials and project practical time.

You will be assessed through a range of assignments which may include coursework, written exams, lab and practical work, project work, presentations and online tests.

The Course

What you will learn

You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits. Each module is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

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Mathematical Principles I

This introductory module provides a mathematical foundation for Engineering students. This module assumes some experience in applied mathematics at level 3 (A level, BTech) and is essential for studying other modules in electrical and mechanical engineering. You will be assessed through an assignment using the METLAB software and an analysis assignment.

Mechanical Principles

In this module you will explore statics, dynamics thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. You will gain a wide understanding of the basic principles of mechanical engineering and be assessed through an assignment using an appropriate modelling software and an analysis assignment.

Electrical Principles

The module will provide you with the fundamentals, tools and techniques required for DC and AC circuit analysis. You will be introduced to the fundamental properties of electromagnetic fields and their application in engineering context. Your assessments will include a research assignment, a problem sheet and an analysis assignment.

1st Year Engineering Labs

In this module you will develop basic practical and analytical techniques while improving your mathematical, statistical and IT skills. You will practise recording laboratory data and maintaining a lab-book. You will be encouraged to think independently, analytically and creatively to interpret laboratory data and understand them in light of available literature. You will communicate your findings effectively in developing electronic laboratory reports.

Design Principles and Practice 

The module introduces the methods and practice of design and help you become familiar with the basic principles of design and the design process. You will explore the important link between design and manufacture and discuss topics including materials selection.

Statics and Materials

This module will introduce you to static loading of structures and the importance of materials to the mechanical characteristics of structures under load.

Preparation for Professional Engineering I

This module will develop your engineering understanding of the need for a high level of professional and ethical engineering conduct through practice. You will consider commercial, economic and social context.

Design Principles and Practice II

You will develop your methods and practice of design from your first year modules. You will further develop your ideas through an iterative cycle to manufacture with additional data from Human factors and User experiences. You will learn to research data and observe activity and be introduced to user centred design and how to apply user experience and human factors to help develop concepts.

Assembly and Prototyping

This module will introduce you to the important design process of prototyping and develop your understanding of relevant methods for model making.

Computer Aided Design and Engineering I

You will be introduced to the digital design process and software including Solidworks and creative suite/. You will learn to record and communicate your concepts in line with professional practice and develop your digital skills.

Engineering/Design Projects

During this year-long module you will work in a small group on a defined project offered by departmental staff. You will develop your research, planning and practical skills, and develop skills in interpreting and appraising your results.

Manufacturing Processes

In this module you will explore an in-depth exploration of state-of-the-art manufacturing processes such as castings, mouldings, machining and additive manufacturing. You will learn the theoretical and practical skills to design and select suitable manufacturing processes for engineering structures and components using a combination of seminars and workshop/laboratory activities.

Preparation for Professional Engineering II

In this module you will identify and understand employability and employer expectations and gain an understanding of the career pathways you could pursue to establish appropriate an appropriate professional development strategy. You will produce a portfolio and use associated digital platforms to professional standards.

Environmental Design

This module will develop your awareness of the ethical implications of design and your understanding of sustainable practices in terms of manufacture, as well as your understanding of environmental impact on design choices and manufacturing processes.

Computer Aided Design and Engineering II

You will expand your knowledge of the digital design process and learn to record and communicate your concepts in line with professional practice. This module will enhance the skills you have already developed on your course so that you understand the importance of both hand and digital skills and how they work together in industry.

Individual CDIO Projects

This year-long module is an opportunity to work independently on a substantial project chosen from a range of research subjects offered by the departmental staff. You will develop your research, planning and practical skills, along with the ability to identify key objectives and combine these in an investigation that you, with guidance from your supervisor, take from inception to completion.


Use industry standard equipment, software and facilities

BEng (Hons) Design Engineering is taught in our state-of-the-art Tech Park on the Bognor Regis Campus. The Tech Park is the UK’s first purpose built facility for delivering engineering through the problem-based learning, CDIO approach.


Discover what you can do after you graduate

This BEng (Hons) Design Engineering degree will prepare you for a range of careers in industry.  Our engineering graduates are successful in a wide range of sectors.

You will graduate with more than your engineering knowledge. You will graduate as a numerate and scientifically trained thinker with skills that are immediately transferable to a range of sectors. Your independent project work, team projects, presentations, skills and lab experiences will help you to develop skills that are useful in a range of job roles, and you will have the opportunity to study business and enterprise modules to prepare you for the industry or to set up your own business.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2022/23

UK fee
International fee

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Entry Requirements

BEng (Hons) Design Engineering typical offer:

96 - 112
tariff points
A levels
including Mathematics
C/4 or higher
in English and Mathematics
overall with no element below 5.5.

All offers will be subject to a successful interview. Applicants who demonstrate relevant experience and / or understanding, as well as commitment to and enthusiasm for, the profession may receive a lower (grades) offer.

You will also need an enhanced DBS check.


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When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

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