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MSc Engineering Design

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2022
The MSc in Engineering Design will enable you to apply your engineering knowledge to imaginatively come up with new products and services, 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.
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Application guide

For information on how you can boost your career-prospects and apply for our postgraduate courses, follow our application guide.

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Join us for a Postgraduate Open Day where you can discuss your options and chosen course with our course leaders.

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Fees and Funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Why study this subject?

If you have a background in engineering, or a relevant undergraduate degree, and you're looking to apply your skills more creatively and focus on design, then our master's programme is a great start for you. This postgraduate degree can help you home in your skills and interests so upon graduation you are ready to jump into employment and the industry.

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Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

BNU has been delivering engineering design or industry-linked courses for over 25 years, we have a wealth of expertise from within our network of lecturing staff, guest speakers, and alumni, all with a track record of success in a wide variety of roles in the engineering world. Their industrial collaborations and research in product design and related fields will feed into your teaching and learning experience.

Developed in partnership with the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED), on this course 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.

We are committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career. Learning continues beyond the classroom; you'll explore how design impacts all sectors of industry and how it overlaps with engineering. 

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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. Facilities also support a range of other activities including advanced 3D printing, design and CAD/CAM labs.

As well as this we offer a four-storey library filled with all the articles, books, research papers, computers and printers that you may need during your studies. We also understand that university life isn’t all about studying, that’s why our Students’ Union events are all completely free for our students.

What will I study?

The course is structured around the themes of Design/Technology, Project Management, Business Alignment and Complex Problem Solving in an engineering context.

This programme will help you enhance your knowledge and skills in specialist and contemporary areas of design and technology to deal with complex engineering problems. It will provide you with an understanding of commercial/financial management and contemporary tools and processes required for competitive product design and manufacture.

During your time with us you’ll develop your project management skills, including the management of people and resources. In addition, you'll gain the enterprise skills necessary to launch brand new products to market.

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How will I be taught and assessed?

You’ll be taught by a teaching team who have a wealth of professional and academic experience, with many having worked in the industry. 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.

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.

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
  • Practical CAD/CAM sessions
Useful Information

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.

Year 1 Modules

Project Management and Research Skills

Product Development for Business

Industrial Group Project

Contemporary Methods in Engineering Design

Engineering Dissertation

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£6,325 per year

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

The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

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

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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Dr Ramesh Marasini
  • Associate Head of School
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