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Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering

4L71 MEng (Hons) 4 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 MEng 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.

In year 4 students will undertake a major individual Design project of 60 credits, which will give students experience of product development form inception to realisation. As every new project will necessitate the acquisition of new technical knowledge, students will also study 60 credits worth of Engineering and Materials modules that provide background knowledge for the Design project at hand.


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.

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.

You may also contact the Admissions Coordinator:
Marian Langbridge
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8736

Information for applicants from outside the United Kingdom, including English language qualifications.

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

Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.

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 Engineers are extremely good, with more than 98 per cent employed six months after graduation. Recent graduates who have started work in the Engineering industry started on annual salaries in the region of £19,000. You might expect, as a successful Engineer to be earning £30,000 to £35,000 between five and ten years after graduation.

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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