• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: Aylesbury
  • Duration: Four to Six Years
  • Start Date: January and September 2021

Course Overview

The BEng (Hons) Engineering Design course aims to provide the manufacturing and engineering sector with high grade engineers that have practical skills and a higher education qualification. Bucks New University has been delivering engineering degrees in Buckinghamshire and surrounding area for over 25 years, and all our academics on the programme are able to apply strong industrial experience to their teaching.

The programme is ideal if you have already completed an HNC/HND in Engineering or foundation degree, enabling you to join the course directly at Level 5 or 6. The degree has been accredited by the Institute of Engineering Designers (IED) to IEng. level and provides professional recognition for the study undertaken.

Traditionally, students have come from industry and have strong technical capabilities with a reasonable level of ability in maths and science. However, as part of the University’s commitment to widening participation, the programme has been developed to make it more accessible and efficient in its delivery as well as meeting industry requirements.

For application details please contact Ramesh.Marasini@bucks.ac.uk

Course Details

The University has recently invested in augmented reality (AR) technology which will be used as part of the design training in Computer Aided Design (CAD) as the course progresses. You will be exposed to a range of CAD facilities such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD), finite element analysis (FEA), rapid prototyping (RP) and other product analyse software and hardware during the course. You will be expected to conduct labs and other practical assessments during the course.

Industrial visits are usually conducted at least once a year and will help to enhance your learning. These will look at specific technology or processes used in industry and supplemented with guest lecturers to cover particular topics and professional lectures given by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) or the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). These lectures will provide you with opportunities to network with others in the industrial sector and a range of different industries.

Entry at Level 4 enables you to achieve a HNC/D in Engineering, providing a foundation stage of the knowledge elements in the competence qualification. They support the fundamental scientific and mathematical principles that aim to equip you with the understanding required to operate effectively and efficiently at a high level within the engineering sector. Successful students will then go on to complete a BEng (Hons) in:

* Engineering Design (Mechanical Engineering)

* Engineering Design (Electrical Engineering)

* Engineering Design (Production Engineering)

Following the successful completion of the BEng (Hons), subject to institution approval, you can apply for professional status with organisations that are expected to include: The Institute of Engineering Designers (IED) and Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).


At Level 4 and 5 assessments are based on written assignments, practical and laboratory work, so that you can show application of the subjects learned in the classroom. At Level 6 there is considerable emphasis placed on the final project and dissertation, which makes up 50% of the final year of the course. There are a range of different assessment techniques employed in this year including presentation, exams and discussion groups.

What are the course entry requirements?

Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including Maths, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering-related subject. A Levels at grade C or above in both a Mathematical based subject and a Science, Technology, Engineering or additional Mathematics related subject, or 90+ credits in an Engineering BTEC at level 3.

Students from a HNC/HND and Foundation Degree Engineering may have the opportunity to join this programme as part of the progression route at Level 5 or Level 6.

These students will be interviewed to identify their point of entry. Applications are also welcomed from mature students who have gained relevant skills through a wide range of vocational qualifications or responsible experience and experiential learning will also usually be considered.

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project (Mechanical Engineering pathway only)
  • Mechanical Principles (Mechanical Engineering pathway only)
  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines (Mechanical Engineering pathway only)

Year 2 Modules

  • Professional Engineering Management
  • Further Mathematics
  • Engineering Management
  • Lean Manufacturing (Mechanical Engineering pathway only)
  • Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) (Mechanical Engineering and Production Engineering pathway only)
  • Electrical and Electric Principles (Electrical Engineering pathway only)
  • Digital Principles (Electrical Engineering pathway only)
  • Electronic Circuits and Devices (Electrical Engineering pathway only)
  • Production Engineering for Manufacture (Production Engineering pathway only)
  • Quality and Process Improvement (Production Engineering pathway only)

Year 3 Modules

  • Action Inquiry in the workplace context
  • Advanced Mechanical Principles (Mechanical Engineering & Production Engineering pathway only)
  • Virtual Engineering (Mechanical Engineering and Production Engineering pathway only)
  • Thermofluids (Mechanical Engineering pathway only)
  • Analogue Electronic Systems (Electronic Engineering pathway only)
  • Industrial Power, Electronics and Storage (Electronic Engineering pathway only)
  • Further Electrical, Electronic and Digital Principles (Electronic Engineering pathway only)
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering (Production Engineering pathway only)
  • Industrial Systems (Electronic Engineering pathway only)
  • Further PLCs (Production Engineering pathway only)

Year 4 Modules

  • Design for Manufacture
  • Leadership and Management
  • Work-based Research Project


How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £6,900 per year

Part Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £6,900 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

On completion, you should have the full complement of knowledge, skills and competence to enable you to be gainfully employed as an Engineering Designer in one or more of the following roles: Manufacturing Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, or Electrical Engineer Production Engineer, and work in industries such as; scientific and research industries, automotive industries design and development and the oil and gas industry. Average graduates salaries from this course are £28K-39K per year.

You will have the opportunity to apply for a range of jobs in the industry of your choice and be in a position to apply for incorporated engineering status as a professional engineer through the various professional bodies.