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MSc Engineering Design

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2024

This MSc in Engineering Design will equip you with skills and knowledge you’ll need to deliver engineering projects efficiently. You’ll gain an advanced critical understanding of theoretical concepts to help you solve problems in existing and emerging technologies.

Bringing together both the practical and creative aspects of design You'll learn about how creative techniques, analytical skills and engineering principles are used to solve design challenges.

Why study this subject?

Engineers not only make things but also manage products, facilities or services. The engineering discipline offers intellectual challenge and the high level of satisfaction that comes from problem solving. There is a shortage of engineering skills in the UK and the demand for engineers is growing. 

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Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

With a history of delivering engineering design or related course for more than 25 years, Buckinghamshire New University is the perfect place to reach your full potential.

Led by a dedicated and experienced course team, you’ll benefit from their industry knowledge, industrial collaborations, and research in related fields, which will feed into your teaching and learning experience. As well as this you’ll have direct access to the professional network they bring with them.

Our array of industry practitioners and working alumni will be involved in delivering guest lectures, masterclasses and workshops, site visits and where possible, contribute to the assessment of your work.

As well as this you’ll learn hands-on practical skills to help you stand out to potential employers. You’ll get to grips with industry-standard equipment including in our CAD/CAM labs, ensuring upon graduation you are prepared for your first role.

Delivered through lectures, tutorials and studio-based work, each of the modules you study will help to build your identity within the engineering sector. You may also have the chance to work closely with other students across a range of disciplines allowing you to experience the professional structures you will be a part of in the workplace.

You’ll study in a close-knit tutor group where everyone’s input is recognised and valued. Not only will you make friends for life, you’ll also make important connections that will last through your career, and you’ll form a network, just like you’d find in the working-world.

With London only a short train ride away, you’ll have the opportunity to visit galleries, museums, and sites of historical and contemporary interest.

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What facilities can I use? 

We have a range of state-of-the-art-facilities for you to get hands-on with. You’ll have access to the Engineering IT studio, where current industry-standard software such as Solidworks is available. As well as this, facilities also support a range of other activities including advanced 3D printing, design, and CAD/CAM labs.

This mix of traditional and highly creative learning environments will enable you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

You are expected to take ownership of your learning and are required to spend time outside the contact time with tutors undertaking independent study. That’s why we offer a four-storey library filled with all the articles, books, research papers, computers and printers that you may need during your studies.

What will I study?

Engineering provides a rewarding career with exciting roles using science and creativity to make new things or improve on existing ones in a variety of fields such as food, medicines, cars, aeroplanes or buildings, bridges and roads - aimed at the betterment of society and life in general.

In this evolving industry you must have a well-rounded knowledge of the state-of-the art design practices and technologies in engineering, and be able to deliver engineering projects efficiently, sustainably, ethically, and safely. This course offers modules which covers these areas, ensuring upon graduation you have a comprehensive knowledge in key areas that employers look for, from project management to Manufacturing Automation, Robotics and IoT.

This MSc Design Engineering course is designed to give students who have achieved an undergraduate degree in Engineering or equivalent the opportunity to extend their engineering skills and develop further understanding and knowledge on how to employ management and technical tools, and the skills and confidence to spearhead and manage the development of new products and projects within the engineering industry.

You’ll learn to identify business issues and develop systematic, original, and creative intellectual skills to formulate solutions. Taking a holistic approach, you’ll investigate issues or problems on a topic of professional relevance. Using your learnt skills and knowledge you’ll show how these issues can be resolved through design engineering.  

On this course you’ll look at the key themes of Design/Technology, Project Management, Business Alignment and Complex Problem Solving in an engineering context. extends knowledge and skills in specialist and contemporary areas of design and technology to deal with complex engineering problems 

The transferable skills you learn with this degree provides you with an understanding of commercial/financial management and modern tools and processes required for competitive product design and manufacture. It will also help you develop both project and people management skills.  In addition, you'll gain the enterprise skills necessary to launch brand new products to market.                                    

Upon graduating this course you’ll be capable of evaluating business needs and constraints covering both strategic and operational issues, through the application of an enhanced understanding of technical sign-off responsibilities.

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How will I be taught and assessed?

To ensure you have the necessary base and study skills to benefit fully from the course, we hold a comprehensive induction programme for the first month of the course.

During this degree, a variety of assessment vehicles will be used as appropriate to the modules you take, including assignments carried out in your own time, in-class assignments, workshops and presentations. Assessments will be appropriate to the task, achievable, motivating and vocationally focussed, forming a constructive part of your learning process.

We also aim to provide industry brief opportunities for you to apply your knowledge, skills and understanding into real-world contexts. The theoretical underpinning of practice encourages the development of critical perspectives in relation to the language of design.  At all levels of the course, employability skills have been built into the programme to prepare learners to gain work experience and acquire skills to secure employment on graduating.

Delivered through lectures and tutorials, each of the modules you study will focus on empowering you to think critically and learn how to analyse and evaluate solutions to complex, real-life problems.

You'll also learn through:

  • seminars
  • online resources
  • independent learning
  • laboratory exercises 
  • practical CAD/CAM sessions
  • Dissertation

This course is delivered on a part-time mode, which allows the delivery, with some self-directed learning, for a period of 18 months followed by the project. This means that it would take two academic years to complete the programme of study.  

MSc Engineering Design Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in Engineering Design or other relevant engineering degrees with 2:2 or higher.

The University will consider all such applications and will have the final decision whether to accept the candidate for entry to the programme.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2023 - 2024

£6,580 per year

This course is only acceptable for home students due to visa regulations.

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

What are my career prospects?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

After graduating from this postgraduate degree, you'll be able to progress to a range of careers within the Engineering sector, such as;

  • product design
  • product development
  • production or manufacturing engineering in electrical engineering companies
  • production or manufacturing engineering in mechanical engineering companies
  • Project management

Course leader

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Dr Mohammad Rana
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