Imperial College London

The Dyson School of Design Engineering is the 10th and newest engineering department at Imperial College London. It was formed in July 2014, building on the long-standing design and engineering expertise at Imperial College London. The Dyson School of Design Engineering fuses design thinking with engineering knowledge and practice.

Design Engineers are problem solvers who bridge the gap between traditional engineering and design to create innovative solutions to modern challenges. These can include improving passenger comfort on commercial airlines to designing next-generation sports prostheses. It’s a discipline which draws on knowledge of manufacturing techniques, product development and technical design. Design Engineers utilise rapid prototyping to bring new innovations to market. It also focuses on improving existing products and the processes used for making them.

The Design Engineering MEng course at Imperial College London incorporates a broad range of engineering skills, including mechanical, computing and electronic engineering. In addition, students will study human factors and design to prepare for careers in diverse roles. You’ll have access to extensive hackspaces and workshops to support the development of your ideas, whether these come alive on the drawing board or fresh out of a 3D printer.

This course aims to develop a range of fundamental design and engineering skills. There is a particular emphasis on creativity, computer-aided engineering tools, optimisation, human factors, and the design process. Furthermore, students will learn about the enterprise skills and industrial experience necessary to launch brand new products to market.

During the first two years, you will study compulsory modules focusing on foundational engineering, computing, mathematics and human factors. This is designed to give you a solid scientific and design basis on which to build a future career. These modules cover subjects such as mechanics, electronics for product and system design, and mechatronics and robotics.

The third and fourth years include a greater emphasis on advanced modules in design and engineering, as well as enterprise and entrepreneurship skills. You will have a choice of optional modules in areas such as design rationale, human factors and advanced engineering tools, allowing you to specialise in the areas you are most interested in.

A six-month paid placement in industry from April in your third year will enable you to gain valuable practical experience.

In your fourth year you will undertake Master’s level modules, and complete an extensive individual project.

Subjects Available at Imperial College London

Imperial College London offers the following subjects:

  • Design Engineering

Qualifications Offered by Imperial College London

Imperial College London offers a Design Engineering course at the following qualification level:

  • MEng

Industrial Placements with Imperial College London

In the third year of the Design Engineering MEng programme at Imperial College London, students undertake a six-month industrial placement starting in April. The placement will be on-site with an industrial partner and supervised jointly by the partner and Imperial.

Imperial College London has relationships with the following companies for industrial placements: Dyson, IDEO, Arup, McLaren, Adidas, Bosch, Proctor and Gamble, PDD, IDC, Airbus, Jaguar Land Rover, and others.

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