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I spent my placement at Airbus UK. This was one of the most challenging and rewarding opportunities. It has given me a huge range of skills that I wouldn't have got with a straight academic course." 

Alexandra Rush 
BEng Design Engineering

Entry requirements

BBB - BBC (or equivalent) including maths and a physical science or technology subject

Recent graduates found positions in companies including BAE Systems, Army/Royal Air Force, Nissan, Jaguar, and EDF Energy.

Ranked Top 10 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide 2018)
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Integrated placement year
Gain specialist knowledge and skills to kickstart your career in design engineering

Entry requirements 

3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: H150

Please note:

GCSE requirement: English Grade C/4

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Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements 

Tuition fees:

£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2018/19)                             

£19,000 for Outside EU students (2018/19) 
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students

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Typical offer level 

BBB-BBC to include Maths and a physical science or technology subject (Physics, Electronics, Design Technology) both at grade B (including passing the relevant practical element).
31 overall points with 5, 5, 5 in HL subjects, including HL Maths and Physics.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDD

Minimum of 13 Distinctions from 18 Units. Distinction (D) grade in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics for Engineering Technician units within your BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering. 

A subject related Access to Higher Education with 45 credits at Level 3 and at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits.

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

BEng with Foundation year also available

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

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Subject guide & modules

We believe our students should be supported as you develop into inquisitive and enthusiastic problem solvers. Using a range of underpinning knowledge and technical skills, you will be able to tackle problems faced by industry today and into the future.

Our programmes introduce a full range of core engineering science modules coupled to practical projects, ensuring a highly integrated and industry-relevant degree programme.

From your first year you'll be working on major projects, often in partnership with commercial engineering companies. You will work with colleagues, staff and engineers from industry to develop real solutions to live problems.

Our degree programmes are driven by the demands of industry to produce graduates with extremely strong engineering and scientific skills. Our graduates also have strong project management and team work skills, and commercial awareness.

Our BEng degrees are either 3-years full-time, or 4-years if you choose a sandwich programme incorporating a year of professional experience. Your first year will encompass the fundamental disciplines of mechanical engineering, through academic classes in engineering science and mathematics. You will also have large integrated projects in practical settings, and we will help you to understand new technology and concepts. The course will also reflect industry practice, as you will work in groups to take products from initial concepts to built and tested prototypes.

Your second year follows on with a similar structure of academic classes coupled to major group projects. However, the focus shifts from developing your basic skills to preparing you to become a professional engineer. You can then enter your placement or final year well equipped to meet what will be demanded of you. Your final year features a major project, involving design, experimental or analytical work which can be tailored to suit your own interests.

The flexible structure of our degrees enables transfer between Mechanical and Design Engineering programmes after first year. You can also transfer between full-time and placement programmes up to the end of your second year. 

The broad basis of our programme, together with the possibilities for specialisation, will make you attractive to employers from a spectrum of industries.

Year 1

  • Design and Experimentation (ME1501)
  • Prototyping and Development (ME1502)
  • Electronic Engineering Foundations (ME1600)
  • Engineering Science (ME1601)
  • First Year Engineering Mathematics (ME11EM)

Year 2

  • Engineering Mathematics (AM21EM)
  • Engineering Materials 1 (ME2019)
  • Solid Mechanics (ME2045)
  • Dynamics and Control Systems (ME2050)
  • Design and Engineering for the User (ME2501)
  • Engineering for Industry (ME2502) 
  • Specialist Design Project 2 (PD2001)

Year 3 - Optional placement year

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

  • EAS Study Placement Year (SEP001)
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year (SEP002)
  • EAS Study/Work Placement Year (SEP003)

Final Year


  • Energy Efficiency (ME3023)
  • Design Failure Analysis (ME3039)
  • Final Year Project (ME3046)
  • Advanced Dynamics and Control Systems (ME3050)
  • Advanced Systems Design (ME3055)
  • Solid Mechanics and Finite Element Analysis (ME3070)
  • Engineering Design and the Environment (ME3080) 
  • Specialist Design Project 3 (Future Focus) (PD3001)

You will benefit from a wide range of teaching methods and learning styles, including:

  • Hands-on practical project classes
  • lectures, tutorials and seminars
  • video and computer-aided learning
  • lab classes and project work
  • a strong personal tutor system

Assessment is by a combination of exams, continuous assessment and projects. Students are also able to take part in major projects such as the Formula Student Racing Car Project, at which Aston teams have enjoyed a strong track record.

Our current and recent placement employers include companies in the UK and abroad such as: BNFL, ConocoPhillips, GSK, Kraft, Alfa Laval, Thames Water, AMEC and 3M.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

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This course is accredited by both the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for the purpose of partially meeting the educational requirements of Chartered Engineer (CEng)


Our close links with industry and the broad basis of our degree programme ensures our students have excellent career opportunities upon graduating. You might want to go into careers in:

  • research, development and design
  • automotive engineering
  • manufacturing systems engineering
  • power generation
  • advanced technology and computer-aided design
  • accountancy, management, marketing
  • Navy, Army and RAF Officer training

Our graduates work for automotive, aerospace and electronics companies, pharmaceutical and chemical organisations and computer software houses. Our recent graduates found graduate engineer, and consultancy positions with companies including Corus, IMI Plc, Army/Royal Air Force, Yamazaki Mazak, Carillion, BOC, NTL, BAE Systems, Nissan, Lloyds TSB, Phillips, Jaguar, TRW and EDF Energy. 

You will have access to state-of-the-art computing facilities, including CAD labs, numerically controlled machine tools, document production, research and self-tuition. You will develop your programming skills and use computers to solve engineering problems and to simulate and analyse engineering systems. 

The School of Engineering and Applied Science has invested heavily in the creation of state of-the-art computer laboratories. Our Mechanical Engineering and Product Design students have their own access to specific computer facilities for design.

Interested? We'd love to hear from you.

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