Engineering Design MSc

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
1 year
3 years (up to 8 years)
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:



of the Queen's Anniversary Prize 2013


in the UK for overall quality of research in mechanical, manufacturing, aeronautical and chemical engineering

in the latest Government Research Exercise (REF 2014)


Our Engineering Design MSc programme enables you to work effectively in an engineering design role, whether that role concerns the design of products, processes or systems, at an overall or detail level.

A balance of theory and practice is applied to the solving of real engineering design problems. All projects meet the product design requirements of one of our many co-operating companies.

Core study areas include structural analysis, engineering management and business studies, computer aided engineering, product design and human factors, engineering design methods, sustainable product design, the innovation process and project management, sustainable development: the engineering context and a project.

Engineering Design MSc is designed to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing global market; the availability of well-designed products, processes and systems is the foundation of successful commercial enterprises. You will develop the technical and transferable skills highly sought after by industry or academic research.

The Wolfson School is engaged in a large portfolio of high quality research in many areas of core Mechanical Engineering aspects. We are ranked 3rd in the UK for overall quality of research in mechanical, manufacturing, aeronautical and chemical engineering in the latest Government Research Exercise (REF 2014). The School has also received a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, in recognition of the research being carried out.

We are one of the UK’s largest Engineering Schools and have an outstanding international research reputation which drives everything that we do. This cutting edge research feeds directly into the content of our programmes meaning you’ll be taught the latest developments by world leading experts.

What makes this programme different?

  • New £17 million STEMLab
  • Research-led teaching from international experts
  • Fully accredited by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Fully accredited by The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Who should study this programme?

Our Engineering Design MSc is suitable for students who are looking to work effectively in an engineering design role, be that a role in the design of products, processes or systems, at either management, overall, or detail levels.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in any engineering discipline, or HND with appropriate industrial experience. Applicants with a lower second class honours degree (2:2) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in all elements.

What you'll study

Our Engineering Design MSc programme is intended to enable you to work effectively in an engineering design role, whether that role is in the design of products, processes or systems, at either management, overall, or detail levels.


Engineering Design MSc covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

All modules are compulsory modules. Modules are directly informed by the latest industry advancements and our research expertise, and are taught by leading experts in the field.

Semester 1

Innovation Process and Entrepreneurship in Engineering

This module allows students to gain a critical understanding of innovation and entrepreneurship process in engineering and manufacturing industry. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of different phases and activities essential to successfully initiate and implement a new engineering business or designing a new product. They will also learn the principles of new product development and the entrepreneurship process within manufacturing and engineering context.


100% Coursework.

Sustainable Development: The Engineering Context

The objective of this module are to provide students with an understanding of the principles and practices of sustainable development and to provide them with an understanding of how engineers can help manufacturing businesses develop into more sustainable enterprises.


20% Coursework

80% written examination.

Computer Aided Engineering

Students will learn how to evaluate, choose and implement CAE systems. Students will learn to select and apply appropriate computer based methods and systems for modelling engineering products; analysing engineering problems; and assisting in the product design process.


100% Coursework.

Structural Analysis

Students will gain an understanding of modern concepts of structural analysis. They will gain practical experience in analyses of structures using finite-element modelling and understand the need for structural analysis in design.


50% Coursework

50% written examination.

Engineering Design Methods

The aims of this module are to provide students with a working understanding of some of the main methods which may be employed in the design of products and systems. Students will learn to identify appropriate methods and techniques for use at different times and situations within a project.


100% Coursework.

Semester 2

Engineering Management and Business Studies

The aim of the module is to introduce the basic concepts of management techniques that are applicable to running an engineering company.


20% Coursework

80% written examination.

Sustainable Product Design

This module aims to provide an understanding of the tools and techniques available to facilitate sustainable product design and provide knowledge of the product design processes that can reduce environmental impacts and promote sustainable practices.


30% Coursework

70% written examination.

Product Design and Human Factors

The aim of the module is to provide an understanding of the roles, methods and skills of product designers and ergonomists. Students will work in interdisciplinary design teams to provide a basis for the further development of students' own skills in product design.


100% Coursework.

Summer period


In addition to the taught modules, all students undertake an individual major project. Part-time students normally undertake a major project that is based on the needs of their employing company.

The aims of this module are for students to practice aspects of engineering and/or engineering management, (i) in a simulated professional situation; (ii) to develop their ability in individual work; (iii) apply knowledge gained in several subject areas in previous modules; (iv) to exercise their initiative, imagination and creativity; and (v) to gain experience in planning, presentation and reporting of a major engineering work.


100% Coursework.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed via a combination of coursework and written examinations.

How you'll study

Independent study
Group work
Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

The School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

The Wolfson School maintains wide links with industry and students will have opportunities to visit various industries during their studies. Parts of certain modules are delivered by industrial experts. Our graduates are highly employable and work all over the world in various industries.

Graduate destinations

Graduates have gone on to engineering design related jobs in product, process and system design environments, providing project management and communication skills and direct technical input.

A number of graduates have progressed to further study.

Your personal development

On completion of this programme, you should be able to:

  • Plan and monitor multi-disciplinary projects;
  • Appreciate the central role of design within engineering;
  • Demonstrate competence in using computer based engineering techniques;
  • Analyse and understand complex engineering problems; and
  • Use team working skills and communicate effectively at an advanced technical level.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.