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Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering

Entry Year: 2021

4 study options

Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering BEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
4A33
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Maths or Physics. If students do not have an additional A-level in a creative subject they should be able to demonstrate creativity by another method, for example as a GCSE or an activity outside school. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering with Year Abroad BEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
4A3Y
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Maths or Physics. If students do not have an additional A-level in a creative subject they should be able to demonstrate creativity by another method, for example as a GCSE or an activity outside school. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering MEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
MEng (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
4L71
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAA at A-Level. This must include A-Level Maths or Physics. If students do not have an additional A-level in a creative subject they should be able to demonstrate creativity by another method, for example as a GCSE or an activity outside school. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering with Year Abroad MEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
MEng (Hons)
Duration
5 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
4L7Y
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAA at A-Level. This must include A-Level Maths or Physics. If students do not have an additional A-level in a creative subject they should be able to demonstrate creativity by another method, for example as a GCSE or an activity outside school. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students
Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering
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Overview

Future design graduates will need to be both artist and scientist, able to understand and apply the latest technology alongside the creative process.

This practical programme allows you to develop strong creative design capabilities as well as scientific and engineering knowledge and skills. Our students don’t just apply their skills and knowledge to solve problems. They are creative designers, who step back and question why a problem exists and discover users that have been overlooked.

The programme is built around the core Design Studio modules – tutorial-style sessions where you are encouraged to think and develop as an independent designer, supported by visiting professionals.

These modules will be supported by fundamental engineering concepts and skills taught through our core engineering and materials modules such as ‘Engineering Design’ and ‘Designing for Manufacture’. Our modern programmes will also expand the computational and creative coding confidence of our students with new modules including ‘Computational Mathematical Modelling’, ‘Arts Application Programming’ and ‘Interactive Media Design & Production’.

Students who choose to take the MEng degree will carry out a further ambitious individual project in the fourth year, experiencing product development from inception to realisation. You’ll also take advanced engineering and materials modules that provide background knowledge for the project.

We've recently undertaken a review of our programmes to ensure that they will prepare you for life beyond 2030 and ensure they reflect the global challenges facing both our society and your future as engineers. We have developed the modules we offer in consultation with our students, staff and industry to enhance your student experience and graduate employability.

We have mapped the modules in our programmes to a range of attributes that we would like our students to attain, within the areas of creativity, resilience, communication and professional practice in order to produce well-rounded, interested and highly employable graduates. This not only ensures that students develop the required technical knowledge and understanding as they progress through their degree, but also gives us the confidence that students will graduate with skills they can apply to a range of future careers or higher-level study.

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Structure

You can complete your Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering degree in three, four or five years. A typical BEng programme will comprise 3 years of study, whilst a typical MEng programme will comprise 4 years of study. Study abroad can be taken in Year 3 and Year 3 modules will instead be taken in Year 4.

Year 1

You'll study a range of core principles including:

 

Modules subject to change

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

You will cover the following specialist topics:

  • Creating Interactive Objects
  • Interactive Media Design and Production
  • Studio Practice Year 2, Human and Machine (30 credits)
  • Materials Engineering
  • Creative Group Project
  • Designing for Manufacture
  • Mechanics of Materials Processing

 

Modules subject to change

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Modules cover topics including

  • Studio Practice Year 3, Individual Design Project (30 credits)
  • Studio Practice Year 3, Group Industry Design Project (30 credits)
  • Interaction Design
  • Digital Media and Social Networks

Choose two from:

  • Designing for a Circular economy
  • Robotics
  • Lightweight materials
  • Biomedical device development

 

Modules subject to change

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

MEng only

Students choosing the MEng option spend an additional year studying advanced specialised modules and working on a large design project. 

Specialist module options cover topics including:

  • Design for Human Interaction
  • Environmental Properties of Materials
  • Ethics & Regulatory Affairs
  • Introduction to Law for Scientists & Engineers
  • Interactive System Design
  • Robotics

 

Modules subject to change

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Master of Engineering (MEng)

Take an extra year to gain specialised knowledge through a high-level project and your choice of advanced modules. Apply for our Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering MEng, ideal if you want to go into research and development, or to give you an edge in the job market.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering BEng or MEng with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are. 

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Testimonial

Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering is a unique course. You’re allowed to develop in your own way and engage in projects outside the curriculum. Visiting museums as part of the programme was brilliant because we can immerse ourselves in the world of design.

Hal Dubuisson and Mari Andersen, Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering (2019)

Teaching

Teaching and learning

You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, laboratory practicals and problem-based learning.

You should plan for 14-17 hours of formal teaching each week, plus time spent on group projects. For every hour spent in class, you’ll complete a further one to two hours of independent study.

Assessment

Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework, written reports, projects, presentations, group work and exams in the summer.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • an information teaching laboratory, with over 300 multimedia workstations
  • a new Creative Engineering Hub, offering fabrication, 3D printing, maker and exhibition space
  • a design studio
  • mechanical testing facilities.

Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Maths or Physics. If students do not have an additional A-level in a creative subject they should be able to demonstrate creativity by another method, for example as a GCSE or an activity outside school. 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.
BTECSee 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.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQ

Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.

For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq

Contextualised admissionsWe 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.
A-LevelGrades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Maths or Physics. If students do not have an additional A-level in a creative subject they should be able to demonstrate creativity by another method, for example as a GCSE or an activity outside school. 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.
BTECSee 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.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe 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.
A-LevelGrades AAA at A-Level. This must include A-Level Maths or Physics. If students do not have an additional A-level in a creative subject they should be able to demonstrate creativity by another method, for example as a GCSE or an activity outside school. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 36 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.
BTECBTEC qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
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.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe 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.
A-LevelGrades AAA at A-Level. This must include A-Level Maths or Physics. If students do not have an additional A-level in a creative subject they should be able to demonstrate creativity by another method, for example as a GCSE or an activity outside school. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 36 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.
BTECBTEC qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
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.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe 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.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer 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.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

Our graduates find work in design consultancies and research and development, as well as going on to further study, including at the Royal College of Art and the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Some work in startups, or set up their own businesses as consultants or in manufacturing. With design being such a broad discipline, graduates are well placed to work on products for the medical, sports, transportation and service industries, as well as consumer items.

Recent Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering graduates have been hired by:

  • Adidas
  • Dyson
  • Gravity Industries (working on a jet-engine suit)
  • RDA International.

Career support

Throughout the course, students have access to a bespoke careers programme, including workshops on job hunting and job applications as well as employer events.
The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

Unistats data for these courses

Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering - BEng (Hons)

Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering with Year Abroad - BEng (Hons)

Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering - MEng (Hons)

Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering with Year Abroad - MEng (Hons)

About the Schools

School of Engineering and Materials Science - Engineering

The School attracts some of the brightest minds from across the country, and the world. The most recent national assessment of the quality of university research (REF 2014) placed us sixth in the UK for electronic engineering and seventh for our general engineering research (Times Higher Education).

Our students benefit from the personal contact with approachable teaching staff in small-group settings, where discussion and feedback is actively encouraged.

School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

The School carries out world-class computer science research – and applies it to real-life problems. Being taught by someone who is changing the world with his or her ideas makes for exciting lectures and ensures you stay fully up to date. 91 percent of our computer science research was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).

We are proud of our excellent student-staff relations, and our diverse student body: around a quarter of our students are women and 47 countries are represented.