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Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering

4A33 BEng (Hons) 3 years


Traditionally Design and Engineering programmes have been either Arts or Engineering based. It is becoming increasingly apparent that in future design graduates will need to be both artist and scientist, or at least, be able to understand how they may cross the divide. In the future there will be a growing need for designers who are educated as both engineering professionals (who can understand and can apply the latest technological developments), and designers (who understand creative processes, and are able to research and address questions of the contextual relevance and the appropriateness of design).

In the BEng Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering programme, design creativity and knowledge of technology are an integral part of the structure.

The programme aims to provide a strong interaction between creativity and human factor design together with practical technology through engineering, materials and process principles, and multimedia technology, enabling the students to obtain unique interdisciplinary skills to evaluate design problems.

The programme combines a balanced diet of design and creative engineering course study work together with a third essential element, an integrated practical studio and workshop application of those studies. The programme develops knowledge of fundamental creative engineering and design principles to enable graduates to become a design practitioner. The core design studio sessions will encourage multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary design processes, deepening development of intellectual competence and project management skills.

These sessions will also develop analytical skills, creative potential, and appreciation of management. To become the developer of a successful innovative product, students will learn, in the context of design development, about technology, materials and the methods of manufacture. They will also gain some appreciation of what is the best strategy to bring the product to market.


You will start with specialist Design modules from the first year, while gaining a solid foundation in engineering by studying core engineering modules. In the 3rd year you will choose modules from a broad range of Engineering course options (see Programme Structure below).  You can follow the links for details for each module, and also visit the SEMS website for information on projects and facilities.

Please note the modules are correct at the time of reading; however we constantly review and update our modules, meaning that they may be subject to change in the future.

Year 1

Semester A:ECS405u Arts Application ProgrammingMAT102 (4)
Materials Selection and Mechanical Modelling
DEN126 (4)
Design Studio
ECS406u Bridging Arts & Technology
Semester B:ECS416u Intro to MmMAT115 (4)
Mathematics for Materials Scientists
DEN126 (4)
Design Studio
MAT4002 (4)
Engineering Design Methods

Year 2

Semester A:ECS612u Creating Interactive ObjectDEN5109 (5)
Engineering Instrumentation
DEN212 (5)
Studio Practice Course Year 2
ECS521u Inter Media Des & Prod
Semester B:ECS520u Creative ProjectMAT5030 (5)
Composites for Aerospace Applications
DEN212 (5)
Studio Practice Course Year 2
DEN5101 (5)
Design for Manufacturing

Year 3

Semester A:ECS612u Interaction DesignMAT602 (6)
Materials Selection in Design
DEN327 (6)
Studio Practice Course Year 3 Group Design Project
DEN329 (6)
Studio Practice Course Year 3 Individual Design Project
Semester B:ECS637u Digital MediaMAT307 (6)
Innovation Strategy
DEN327 (6)
Studio Practice Course Year 3 Group Design Project
DEN329 (6)
Studio Practice Course Year 3 Individual Design Project

Year 4

Semester A:DEN419 (7)
Design and Innovation Year 4 Major Design Project
MAT507 (6)
Environmental Properties of Materials

MAT701 (7)
Biosensors and Devices

DEN331 (6)
Computer Aided Engineering for Solids and Fluids

DEN420 (7)
Advanced Environmental Engineering

ECS712u Design For Human Interaction
Semester B:DEN419 (7)
Design and Innovation Year 4 Major Design Project
MAT803 (7)
Nanotechnology Based Materials. Fabrication, Characterization and Application

MAT601 (6)
Manufacturing Processes

DEN437 (7)
Implant Design and Technology

DENM009 (7)
Medical Ethics, Law and Regulatory Practice in Bioengineering

ECS733p Interactive System Design


The numbers in brackets indicate the academic level of each module, where a typical first year module is delivered at a level 4, whilst a master's module is delivered at level 7.

From 2017 we are introducing the QMUL Model to all our degrees.  For further information on this initiative please contact the admissions team at

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements for 2017 Entry and General Admission Entry Requirements can be found below.

2018 Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Maths or Physics, and one further subject from Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology or Art and Design. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 34 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Mathematics or Physics, and one further subject from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Design Technology, both at Higher Level.
BTEC See our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Physics and Mathematics based discipline. Entry will normally be to the BEng or BSc. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 33 credits must be at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Before a decision is made, applicants will be invited to a Maths test at Queen Mary, normally in April. This Maths test will assess whether an applicants ability in Maths is at the required level. Applicants will be contacted shortly after the test with a decision on their application.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
Contextualised admissions We consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

2017 Entry requirements

Typical grades required: AAB, must include two from Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Design Technology. NB, one must be ,Maths or Physics. The third subject can be any subject excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. Please note; if students do not have an A-level in a creative subject they should be able to demonstrate creativity by another method. It may be as a GCSE, an activity outside school or by a portfolio

International Baccalaureate
Subjects and grades required: 34 points or above overall, with 3 subjects at Higher level with 6,6,5 points (including two from Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Design Technology. NB, one must be ,Maths or Physics). Please note; if students do not have an A-level in a creative subject they should be able to demonstrate creativity by another method. It may be as a GCSE, an activity outside school or by a portfolio

Further info
To find out the entry requirements for other qualifications, please visit the School of Engineering and Materials Science website.

General Admissions Entry Requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. See our guidance on English Language requirements for all degree programmes.

Vocational and Other Qualifications

The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. You are advised to contact the Admissions team ( before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.

Combined Qualifications

If you are taking a combination of qualifications at Level 3, we will consider your academic profile and may make offers on a case-by-case basis. You are advised to contact the Admissions team ( before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Advanced Entry

Subject to the policy of the programme, it may be possible for students to join undergraduate degree programmes at the beginning of the second year of a three or four year degree programme or, sometimes, the beginning of the third year of a four year programme. Please note, not all schools will consider advanced entry. You are advised to contact the Admissions team ( before making an application for individual advice.

If you are applying for advanced entry on the basis of a post A-Level qualification, such as the BTEC HND, you should apply via UCAS in the usual way. If you wish to transfer your degree studies from another UK higher education institution, you will be considered on the basis of your original A-Level or equivalent qualifications, current syllabus, academic references and results.

We typically expect you to have achieved a 2.1 standard on your current programme and have already met the standard equivalent first year entry requirements. Applications must be submitted via UCAS.

Non-UK students

European and International Applicants

Our students come from over 162 countries and we accept a wide range of European and International Qualifications for entry, in addition to A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please see our International Admissions webpages for further details of our academic requirements, and information regarding how we assess the equivalence of your qualification.

Applicants will typically be expected to be taking academic subjects relevant to the programme of study. You are advised to review the A-Level and IB requirements for an indication of these subjects. If you are at all unclear, the Admissions team ( is happy to advise you further.

Further Information

For any other enquiries directly relating to our entry requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5511

See our information and guidance on how to apply.

Learning and teaching

As a student in the School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) you will be taught through a combination of lectures, problem-solving classes, laboratory practicals, problem-based learning and a variety of coursework. 
In the third year you will undertake a major project: an individual research project based around the in the current internationally-recognised research taking place in SEMS. This project will be based in the labs and gives you the opportunity to apply the theory you will have learnt in the first two years of study while taking advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities within SEMS.

All our degree programmes are structured with eight modules per year, split over two semesters. Some modules, such as the research and design projects, count for two or four modules. In the third and fourth years, you select from a range of module options allowing you to tailor your degree to specific areas of interest within your specialist degree programme, working in the SEMS laboratory Facilities. Assessment is continuous throughout your degree, with written reports, projects, presentations, group work and exams (exams take place in the summer).

Fees and finance

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2017 entry
Full-time £9,250

Tuition fees for International students

2017 entry
Full-time £17,450

You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.

Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.

For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.

See more general information about fees.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676


Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.

Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.

Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.

Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students

There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.

Find out more about international scholarships.

Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.

Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs

Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.

If you live in WalesScotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):

  • A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
  • A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
  • Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
  • You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.

Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:

  • How to apply for student finance
  • What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
  • What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
  • What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

  • Additional sources of funding
  • Planning your budget and cutting costs
  • Part-time and vacation work
  • Money for lone parents

For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.

Graduate Employment

The benefits of this programme will be evident in the strength and breadth of skills such as:

  • being able to apply engineering principles to a creative design solution
    understanding of design and engineering in socio-cultural and industrial contexts
    understanding both the application and limitation of material, computation and experimental techniques available to a design engineer
    understanding of application of human-factors in design and engineering
    being fluent in basic numerical skills and problem solving
    being able to carry out interdisciplinary design work
    being able to work co-operatively within a team
    presentation skills including computer aided three dimensional image presentation and manual drawings
    computationally competent with a range of IT skills

The prospective graduates will gain an in-depth understanding of new technological developments and socio-cultural requirement in product development. This unique combination will place them in a favourable position in comparison with current engineering and design graduates.

A graduate from this degree would be a professional designer with a solid engineering background. They will have the opportunity to go on to work in a variety of design-related industries internationally, for example in leading design consultancies, research and development and new design practices. Some graduates will set up their own businesses as consultants or in manufacturing their own ideas. Design is so broadly based, and the nature of its application so wide that it provides opportunities for graduates to follow many interesting and rewarding careers. It offers career prospects in a wide area covering products and equipment for industrial, scientific, medical, sports, transportation and aerospace industries, as well as consumer products.

Overall employment prospects for SEMS graduates are extremely good. The national 2015 destination of leavers survey confirmed that our Engineering graduates have a strong earning power, with a mean salary of £25,990.

Throughout the course, students have access to a bespoke careers programme, to prepare them for internships and graduate level work. This programme includes workshops on job hunting and job applications as well as employer events to facilitate networks and help students to explore their options.

Recent careers events in the School of Engineering and Materials Science include a large employer and alumni networking forum and a weekly timetabled careers slot in which large and small employers provide information, advice and skills training. Last year over 100 companies and alumni came to speak to Queen Mary Engineering students, including Transport for London, Rolls Royce, BAA, EADS Astrium, Bose, Microsoft, Siemens, De Puy and Land Rover.

There is both a designated Careers Consultant and Industrial Placements Manager for the School, providing a link to industry experience. Other opportunities for work experience are substantial given Queen Mary’s location between Canary Wharf, the City and the Olympic Village. Students are encouraged to build their work experience throughout their period of study, through, for example, our QM Projects work experience scheme, QM Temps job agency, Experience Works events and QMSU Provide volunteering services. Over 800 vacancies are available to browse on the QM JobOnline vacancy site.

Queen Mary’s extensive campus also provides over 1200 on-campus job and volunteer opportunities ranging from E-learning Assistant to Gym Instructor and from Society President to Student Mentor.

Read more about our careers programmes and range of work experience opportunities on the QM Careers pages


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