Engineering Design

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BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code:
H103
UCAS code:
H104
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Study option:
Full-time, with a placement year
Duration:
3 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Start date:
6 September 2021

Creative and Applied

A combination of new modules to help you develop a range of engineering skills

Hands-on Problem Solving

Opportunities to design, build and innovate physical engineering solutions

Purpose built Laboratories

Our engineering laboratories are packed with state-of-the-art equipment to support learning

This course is ideal if you're interested in product design, creative engineering, innovating your ideas, collaborating with others and problem based learning. If you like to investigate by taking products apart to see how they work you’ve come to the right place!

If you want to develop your ideas, solve problems, make prototypes, use 3d printers and get hands-on with tools and materials this is the course for you. It’s been developed with input from industry to prepare you for an engineering career with confidence to communicate and understand both theoretical and applied principles. You will have the opportunities to work with others, work on exciting briefs, use equipment, understand manufacturing processes and how they influence design.

This course is ideal if you’re interested in product design, creative engineering and innovating your ideas. You will be introduced to Computer Aided Design, materials and manufacture with a focus on key engineering skills through the use of examples and problem-based learning.

You could develop the skills to develop amazing design solutions that could help society and change the world!

The BSc (Hons) degree has been structured and developed to fully satisfy the educational requirements for professional registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). 

If you want to develop your ideas, solve problems, make prototypes, use 3d printers and get hands-on with tools and materials this is the course for you. It’s been developed with input from industry to prepare you for an engineering career with confidence to communicate and understand both theoretical and applied principles. You will have the opportunities to work with others, work on exciting briefs, use equipment, understand manufacturing processes and how they influence design.

This course is ideal if you’re interested in product design, creative engineering and innovating your ideas. You will be introduced to Computer Aided Design, materials and manufacture with a focus on key engineering skills through the use of examples and problem-based learning.

You could develop the skills to develop amazing design solutions that could help society and change the world!

The BSc (Hons) degree has been structured and developed to fully satisfy the educational requirements for professional registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). 

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Engineering Design

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Engineering Design

Work placements

Between year 2 and 3 you can have the opportunity to undertake a year long placement in industry.

Course content

Project work within the BSc programme includes both an individual work and more wide-ranging group design projects to meet the demand for skilled, professionally competent, Engineering Designers.

More specifically, the BSc Engineering Design Course aims to: 

  • Enable you to pursue professional careers in Engineering at a level which requires the exercise of sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative, and the ability to make engineering decisions. 
  • Equip you with an understanding of the principles of engineering science, some aspects of which will be at, or informed by, the current boundaries of the discipline. 
  • Equip you with skills to systematically employ a range of engineering principles to produce original analyses of, and solutions to, engineering problems.
  • Provide you with a broad-based education in a range of engineering allowing scope for entry into a wide range of disciplines within engineering. Including Electronics, robotics and CAD for example. 
  • Allow you the opportunity to undertake and complete a significant independent project on a given topic in the Engineering Design field.
  • Allow you to develop the ability to adapt to new technology relevant to engineering and to seek and assimilate new information.

Project work within the BSc programme includes both an individual work and more wide-ranging group design projects to meet the demand for skilled, professionally competent, Engineering Designers.

More specifically, the BSc Engineering Design Course aims to: 

  • Enable you to pursue professional careers in Engineering at a level which requires the exercise of sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative, and the ability to make engineering decisions. 
  • Equip you with an understanding of the principles of engineering science, some aspects of which will be at, or informed by, the current boundaries of the discipline. 
  • Equip you with skills to systematically employ a range of engineering principles to produce original analyses of, and solutions to, engineering problems.
  • Provide you with a broad-based education in a range of engineering allowing scope for entry into a wide range of disciplines within engineering. Including Electronics, robotics and CAD for example. 
  • Allow you the opportunity to undertake and complete a significant independent project on a given topic in the Engineering Design field.
  • Allow you to develop the ability to adapt to new technology relevant to engineering and to seek and assimilate new information.
Ash Johnson - Engineering Design

Ash Johnson - Engineering Design

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Engineering Design student, Ash talks about a project to build a 3D Digital Clay Printer and his ambitions to work as a Humanitarian Engineer.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Engineering And Innovation 30 credits
Fundamentals Of Mechanics & Thermo-Fluid 30 credits
Introduction To Engineering Design And Practice 30 credits
Introduction To Engineering Mathematics (Non A-Level) 15 credits
Professional Development And Engineering Applications 15 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Advanced Engineering And Innovation 30 credits
Design Engineering 15 credits
Design Reflection 15 credits
Digital Clay 15 credits
Inclusive Design And Ergonomics 30 credits
Leadership And Management 15 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Creative Digital Communication 30 credits
External Brief 30 credits
Individual Engineering Project 45 credits
Manufacturing Technology 15 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Engineering And Innovation 30 credits
Fundamentals Of Mechanics & Thermo-Fluid 30 credits
Introduction To Engineering Design And Practice 30 credits
Introduction To Engineering Mathematics (Non A-Level) 15 credits
Professional Development And Engineering Applications 15 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Advanced Engineering And Innovation 30 credits
Design Engineering 15 credits
Design Reflection 15 credits
Ergonomics And Design 30 credits
Leadership And Management 15 credits
Year 4 compulsory modules
Year 4 compulsory modules
Creative Digital Communication 30 credits
Emerging Technologies And Innovation In Engineering 15 credits
External Brief 30 credits
Individual Engineering Project 45 credits

Entry requirements

An English Language qualification such as IELTS (at 6.0 or better) or equivalent may be required for EU or overseas applicants.

We welcome applications from mature students and students with non-standard academic qualifications. These applicants are individually assessed, and may be invited to attend an interview in person or via Skype etc.  

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points 
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications e.g. B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM in an Engineering discipline 

An English Language qualification such as IELTS (at 6.0 or better) or equivalent may be required for EU or overseas applicants.

We welcome applications from mature students and students with non-standard academic qualifications. These applicants are individually assessed, and may be invited to attend an interview in person or via Skype etc.  

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points 
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications e.g. B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM in an Engineering discipline 

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

Engineering Design

Engineering Design

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Are you a creative problem solver? This degree combines traditional engineering with design thinking and creative flair.

For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.

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Facilities

3D Printing Bureau

Book in jobs, pay for prints, collect work and get technical support using our collection of 3D printers that include Mojo, Up Box, Markforged Onyx One, Formlab 2, and Ultimaker 3.

Specialist Laser Cutting

Get access to our Trotec Speedy 400 laser cutter and practice with technology used for industrial manufacturing applications.

Milling Equipment

Get to grips with the process of machining using our suite of Rowland and Axminster rotary cutting and milling machines.  

Engineering Laboratories

Packed with state-of-the-art software and hardware resources reflecting current trends in the development of engineering & technology subjects.

Mechanical Engineering Resources

Mechanical Engineering resources include industry standard hardware and software. Our labs in Stoke are full of exciting equipment for you to use so that you can prepare yourself for the workplace when you graduate.

Reverse Engineering Laboratory

Our Laboratory contains 3 Dimensional scanning capability, Additive Manufacturing machines featuring PolyJet, FDM, 3DP processes, as well as Laser Engraving ability.

Careers

It is expected that some of the graduates will continue via a suitable MSc programme whilst others qualify as Incorporated Engineers 

Project work within the BSc programme includes both individual and more wide-ranging group design projects to meet the demand for skilled, professionally competent Engineering Designers.

Rube Goldberg Machine

Rube Goldberg Machine

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Our Engineering students invent an ingenious Rube Goldberg Machine to help their creativity and collaboration.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

On this course you will encounter a broad spectrum of teaching and learning activities ranging from workshop based problem based scenarios, timetabled formal lectures, tutorials, laboratory based work and presentations.  You will also undertake a range of self-guided activities, either individually or in groups. You have opportunities to use and develop theoretical knowledge, computer based models, and to design, implement and test. The transferable skills of presenting, writing, discussing, working with others, and managing one’s own time are also embedded within the programme.

On this course you will encounter a broad spectrum of teaching and learning activities ranging from workshop based problem based scenarios, timetabled formal lectures, tutorials, laboratory based work and presentations.  You will also undertake a range of self-guided activities, either individually or in groups. You have opportunities to use and develop theoretical knowledge, computer based models, and to design, implement and test. The transferable skills of presenting, writing, discussing, working with others, and managing one’s own time are also embedded within the programme.

Assessment

The assessment methods used with the programme are varied, formative and develop your transferable skills as well as your technical ability. Your ability to plan, judge, communicate complex issues, solve problems logically, and develop original solutions, in appraising critically the work of others, and in managing your own learning are all assessed within aspects of the programme. In addition your technical understanding of the context of your work alongside that of others, your breadth of study, and also the depth of your specialist area of study, are also key to the assessment process. 

The assessment methods used with the programme are varied, formative and develop your transferable skills as well as your technical ability. Your ability to plan, judge, communicate complex issues, solve problems logically, and develop original solutions, in appraising critically the work of others, and in managing your own learning are all assessed within aspects of the programme. In addition your technical understanding of the context of your work alongside that of others, your breadth of study, and also the depth of your specialist area of study, are also key to the assessment process. 

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Assessment feedback may take a variety of formats including formative and summative to support quality work. This may be one to one discussions throughout modules, at the end, or via the Virtual Learning Environment.

Assessment feedback may take a variety of formats including formative and summative to support quality work. This may be one to one discussions throughout modules, at the end, or via the Virtual Learning Environment.

Introducing: The Smart Zone

Introducing: The Smart Zone

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Our £1.3m Smart Zone gives students access to the latest 3D printing, VR technology and more.

Year 1

34% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
66% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

24% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
76% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 3

14% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
86% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 1

10% practical exams
66% coursework
24% written exams

Year 2

96% practical exams
4% coursework
0% written exams

Year 3

9% practical exams
91% coursework
0% written exams

Staff

There are many people available to help and support you during your time with us. The following staff are the key academic members of the Course team but there are also administrative/student guidance staff.

Chris Wayman

Senior Lecturer

Chris worked as a Design Engineer in the automotive sector and in secondary Education specialising in creativity and Product Design Technology. His interests include historical product design, new manufacturing methods & materials and creati…

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Fees

For the course starting on 6 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,000 per year of study

For the course starting on 6 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Full-time, with a placement year
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,000 per year of study

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all laboratories, workshops and specialist facilities relating to the course of study.

Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year.

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all laboratories, workshops and specialist facilities relating to the course of study.

Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year.

Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

Dependent on a student’s choice of final year project, some additional costs may be incurred for materials to support the development and delivery of the project.

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

Dependent on a student’s choice of final year project, some additional costs may be incurred for materials to support the development and delivery of the project.

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Our students

This course is ideal for creative and lateral thinking. Whether you're altering an electric bike, 3D printing hydraulic parts or laser scanning a teapot, there is so much opportunity for those individuals who want more freedom and ultimately a bit more fun to their course.

Ash Johnson

Engineering Design student

I used to see engineering as cutting, welding, fabricating and generally making things. Now I understand that engineering is the backbone of society. From the maths to calculate the strength of a structure; to the materials which will best suit an artefact’s functionality and even understanding how an object’s environment will affect its ability to function; this course has opened my eyes and mind to the ability to conceive, design, collaborate and create anything feasible.  

Nesta Shingler

Engineering Design student

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