Design Engineering MSc

Design Engineering MSc

School of Engineering


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

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    Full Time: 1 Year; Part Time 2 Years

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    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

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  • Start Date:

    September 2020

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Why study this programme?

The MSc Design Engineering course is intended to provide the opportunity to gain specialisation in Design Engineering and to enable graduates to become a Chartered Engineer. It has been developed as a direct result of the need for professionals within the design engineering industries and the emergence of new technology industries. The course is designed to meet Engineering Council’s requirements for Partial CEng (Further Learning) and will be put forward for professional accreditation with both Institute of Engineers Design (IED) and Chartered Institute of Ergonomic and Human Factors.

The course enables an individual to bring together the following skills and knowledge applied to industry specialist areas:

  • Applied Industrial design and engineering research skills
  • Human centred design
  • Transdisciplinary approach
  • Industry sector focus options:
  • Sport
  • Medical
  • Intelligent system / consumer goods

Workshop and Studio based, it enables applied research and development activity on a practice based framework. Giving real life delivery of the productization of innovation challenges through to commercial reality. Enabling you to develop your skills ready for employment. it enables applied research and development activity on a practice based framework. Giving real life delivery of the productization of innovation challenges through to commercial reality. Enabling you to develop your skills ready for employment.

You will also benefit from state-of-the-art, well-equipped laboratories and digital teaching and learning facilities within UCLan’s innovative new £35million Engineering Innovation Centre.

Entry Requirements

Entry can be made to the course through holding at least a lower second class award of BEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) in Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, Material Engineering or other related subject. Or at least upper second class award BA (Hons) Product Design. Mandatory interview.

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications or relevant work / life experience who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from Master-level studies are welcome. If you have not studied recently you may need to undertake a Top-Up degree Entry programme first. Mandatory interview.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate competence in the language.  The normal minimum standard required is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1

  • Module 1. Design Engineering Innovation Thinking
  • Module 2. Research Methodology and Project Management
  • Module 11. Design Engineering Major Project

Choose one of the following:

  • Module 3 Medical device development and the clinical context.   
  • Module 4. Assessment and measurement of movement.
  • Module 5. Intelligent systems design and development
  • Module 6. Advanced Computer Aided Design ( Level 6)
  • Module 7. Engineering Simulation ( Level 6 )

Semester 2

  • Module 8. Human Factors for Design
  • Module 9. Design Engineering for Manufacture
  • Module 10. Consumer Insight and Strategic Planning for Design Engineers
  • Module 11. Design Engineering Major Project

Semester 3

  • Module 11. Design Engineering Major Project

Further Information

This is a new course that responds to the growth in capability and methods of human centred design and behaviour data application which has increasing relevance in product development globally. Bringing together design for manufacture, artificial intelligence and applying it to key tech growth industries.

The course will utilise state of the art facilities, sitting across four main facilities.

Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC)

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During your studies at the UCLan Preston campus you’ll benefit from our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).

Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, the EIC provides an integrated space for teaching and research with direct links to industry enabling you to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners in state-of-the-art facilities. Find out more.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Industry Links

  • Key members of the staff are industry experienced, across the module areas.
  • Key staff are also research active .
  • The Patent and publication activity of the staff is high.
  • Module leaders have current and on-going connections to the associated industries of sport, medical device and aerospace industries amongst others.


To enhance your work experience you will have an opportunity to undertake a professional placement as part your MSc. This will extend your study time by six to twelve months depending on the length of the placement. Alternatively, there are opportunities to choose an industry-based project.

You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

Work Experience

We actively encourage students to bring a live industry project to the course as the focus of study. Industry study projects are sort by the course staff and where available offered to the appropriate student. Work experience can be sort from our industry link partners both here and abroad and local industry network.

Graduate Careers

This is a new course built on existing and new high growth technology supported industries such as sports product industry, aerospace / drones, medical devices and autonomous tech. Employment growth is strong in these areas for the appropriately qualified individual.

Progression routes

Progression routes are possible into an array of Design Engineering industries, design and engineering roles and also into further research and PhD opportunities both within the University and externally.