Engineering Design

BEng (Hons) Engineering Design

TARIFF: 100 - 128
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2024

Created by our industry-experts and informed by regional engineering employers, this BEng (Hons) Engineering Design programme will teach you the skills and knowledge you’ll need to identify practical solutions to complex and interesting engineering challenges.

This hands-on course puts sustainability, as well as innovation and emerging technologies, at the core of all learning, making you an impressive candidate for future employers.

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Why study this subject?

Engineering Design gives you the opportunity to learn a broad base of engineering concepts and technologies, which are not only applicable to a wide range of engineering sectors and employers but are also highly in demand.

Why study at BNU?

With a history of delivering expert craft, art and design education for more than 130 years, Buckinghamshire New University is the perfect place to start your creative career. 

Led by a dedicated teaching team with a wealth of experience, you’ll benefit from their insider-knowledge and 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.

During your three year degree programme, 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 computer aided design (CAD) suites, immersive virtual reality equipment and design studios ensuring upon graduation you are prepared for your exciting new career.

Delivered through lectures, tutorials, and studio-based work, each of the modules you study will help to build your identity and specialist knowledge as an Engineering Designer. You will also 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.

Local to the University are high tech business clusters and with London only a short train ride away, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with representatives from industry during your course. 

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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, here you’ll have access to Digital technologies and industry standard software including ECAD and MCAD software, MATLAB Simulink and SolidWorks.

You’ll develop essential skills within our Engineering IT Studio, using programmes such as AutoCAD, 3d Studio Max, Rhino and Photoshop through structured lessons in IT/CAD/CAM suites and studios. You’ll also get hands-on with 3D printing and augmented reality (AR) technology.

As well as this you’ll also will also have access to Digital technologies and industry standard software including ECAD and MCAD software, MATLAB Simulink and SolidWorks.

What will I learn?

This practical and hands-on engineering design course incorporates innovation and creativity at every stage of learning. During your time with us you’ll gain an extensive knowledge and critical understanding of professional ethics, social and cultural values in engineering.

You’ll study a broad range of engineering disciplines including:

  • Computer Aided Design and Simulation
  • Mechatronics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Thermofluids
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Sustainable Materials
  • Industry 4.0
  • Fabrication
  • Automation
  • Robotics
  • Science
  • Advanced Mechanical Principles.

With a focus on sustainability, you’ll learn skills to help you identify and solve engineering problems, whilst meeting the needs of the industry and the forward-thinking sector.

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. These activities will include practitioner visits, CV preparation, mock interviews, and production of a personal portfolio. Throughout the course you’ll have the opportunity to work on live-briefs set by engineering employers, all of which can later be added to your portfolio.

Graduates of this course will be able to use a sound, evidence-based approach in applying innovative technologies, processes and systems and leadership skills to transform ideas into fully functioning real products, individually and working as a team, by meeting client, financial, environmental, quality, statutory and safety objectives.

Design for Manufacturing skills are very versatile. Engineers across all sorts of industries need to understand both the internal and external requirements and needs. Finishing this degree has given me a massive self-confidence boost and put me in a better place
Simon Wheeler
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How will I be taught and assessed?

On this engineering design course a range of active teaching methods and authentic assessment strategies will be used during the course, with an emphasis on both practical and traditional teaching approaches. Laboratory sessions and a range of practical activities will build upon previous learning from lectures and tutorials.

Traditional forms of assessment include;

  • Written assignments
  • Report 
  • Portfolio and digital models
  • In-class assignments  
  • Computer-based test 
  • Set Presentations (for example, poster and oral)  
  • Proposal 
  • Dissertation 

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.

Stories and news within the School of Engineering and the Built Environment

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George's story

Engineering graduate, George Kingston-Rayes, recently shared with us the lessons he learnt at BNU, and how they’ve helped him thrive in the industry.

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Why choose a career in Engineering?

Engineering is one of the fastest growing and broadest sectors within the UK, meaning it is crucial to our economy and critical that employers find graduates who are ready to step into hands-on and innovative roles. 

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Simon's story

Our Engineering Design alumni, Simon Wheeler, recently sat down to share with us his BNU story and what he’s been doing since graduating in 2023. 

Useful Documents

BEng (Hons) Engineering Design Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 100 - 128

UCAS points can be obtained through qualifications such as A levels, T levels, BTEC or an Access to Higher Education course in a relevant subject. Please list all your qualifications on the application form as you will be asked to provide copies when we receive your application.

A minimum of two full A-levels or 120 credits in an Engineering BTEC at level 3 (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis. T levels should be in Engineering or Construction.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

This Level 6 programme is also offered as a Top Up qualification for students who have completed a HND, FdA or other equivalent qualification in a relevant subject and who wish to progress further to achieve an Honours degree. 

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


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: £9,250 per year
  • Home, Academic Year 2024 - 2025: £9,250 per year
  • Overseas/International, Academic Year 2023 - 2024: £15,000 per year
  • Overseas/International, Academic Year 2024 - 2025: £15,150 per year

Additional course costs and financial support

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?

If you have any questions about the fees above, contact our Enquiries team by calling 0330 123 2023 or emailing

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. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

Upon graduation, you will be prepared for a range of career possibilities. Using the skills and knowledge learnt on this course, you could find yourself working in industries such as;

  • transportation industries: such as rail, aeronautical and automotive, & infrastructure engineering services
  • product design
  • scientific and research industries
  • advanced manufacturing
  • clean energy oil and gas industries
  • aerospace
  • computing & IT
  • engineering consultancy & services.

You may also choose to stay on at Buckinghamshire New University and study a postgraduate programme.

Course leader

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