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BEng Design Engineering

As a design engineer you can expect to work in taking concepts from initial ideas to commercial reality over a range of sectors including consumer products, the automotive sector and industrial systems.
Design Engineering

Why choose this course?

  • Emphasis on management, project and communication skills
  • One of the few DTUS Universities with close links to officer training in the armed forces.
  • Excellent paid sandwich placement opportunities
  • Ranked in the UK's top 15 for Production and Manufacturing engineering in the Times Good University Guide 2010
  • Transfer between MEng and BEng programmes is possible depending on academic achievements
  • General engineering at Aston rated at grade 5 for Research
  • Availability of excellent product design and computer-aided design facilities


Entry requirements

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

UCAS Code: H150

Typical offer level
A Level:
BBB-ABB
BTEC National Diploma: DDD in relevant National Diploma
IB: 32 points (including Maths and Physics or appropriate subject at Higher Level)

Specific subject requirements
A Level: Maths and Physics required (consideration may be given to Further Maths, Design Technology, Engineering Science and Electronics if Physics is not studied at A Level). 
GCSE: English Grade C
A suitable combination of two A Level and two AS Level subjects may be accepted

More on Admissions Policy

Tuition fees:

£9,000 (£1,000 during placement year) for UK/EU students. (2014).                                                                                                                           £16,000 for Outside EU students. (2014).  More on fees

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

BEng with Foundation year also available

Information on visas for international students

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

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

As a design engineer you can expect to work in taking concepts from initial ideas to commercial reality over a range of sectors including consumer products, the automotive sector and industrial systems.

From year 1 you can expect to work on major projects often in partnership with commercial engineering companies. You will work with your colleagues, academic staff and engineers from industry to develop real solutions to these live problems.

Subject guide & modules

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

Our BEng degrees are either a 3-year full-time or 4-year sandwich programme incorporating a year of relevant professional experience. The first year of our programme encompasses a broad study of the fundamental disciplines of mechanical engineering. These feature academic classes in engineering science and mathematics combined with large integrated projects to embed the learning in practical settings. In the projects we expect you to use and develop your skills and we help you understand new technology and concepts. You reflect industry practice and work in groups taking products from initial concept to built and tested prototype.

Your second year follows on with a similar structure of academic classes coupled to major group projects however the focus very much shifts from developing your basic skills to preparing you to become a professional engineer. This year also introduces modules specifically tailored to improving your commercial design awareness. You can then enter your placement or final year well equipped to meet all that will be demanded of you. Your final year features a major project, involving design, experimental or analytical work can also be tailored to suit your own interests.

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

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

 

Year 1

Modules  

 

Year 2

Modules  

Year 3 - Optional placement year

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

Final Year

Modules

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.

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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)


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Our close links with industry and the broad basis of our degree programmes ensure our students’ attractiveness to a wide range of employers and enhance our graduate employment record. Graduate opportunities exist in the fields of:

  • 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. For example 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, design studios and PCs for CAD, 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 Engineering and Design students have their own access to specific computer facilities for design.

Further information

EAS Undergraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)121 204 3400
engineering@aston.ac.uk

View the prospectus

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Graduate Profile

Graduate Profile

Alexandra Rush

BEng Design Engineering

“I spent my third year placement at Airbus UK based in Bristol. This was one of the most challenging opportunities and the most rewarding"

 

Accommodation

Accommodation

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research