Advanced Engineering Design MSc

  • Overview
  • Course Content
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  • Employability
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  • Entry Criteria

About the Course

This MSc in Advanced Engineering Design is aimed at high calibre and ambitious engineering graduates who want to gain expertise in systematically developing complex, multidisciplinary engineering design.

You will learn how to design products requiring embedded intelligence and comprehensive engineering analysis and how to use six CAE software packages.

The programme - accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - has been developed to fulfil the industry’s need for an integrated course that offers:
  • teaching of advanced theory, human factors and creativity tools essential to successful product development
  • training in software, research and applications
  • practical experience of applying your knowledge and skills through an integrating, real life group project.


The Brunel programme aims to create the new generation of engineering designers who can combine knowledge from different areas and produce world class design.

Integration of mechanical, electrical, electronic and control knowledge into a single product is challenging – and this course allows you to appreciate the complexity of modern product design and to develop your expertise.


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Course Director: Dr Atanas Ivanov

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Course Content

Compulsory Modules

Sustainable Design and Manufacture

Students will be taught methodologies for assessment sustainability of a product design, and methodologies for assessing the sustainability of manufacturing procedures and operations. The module has a practical orientation, and at the same time offers common analytical tools for assessment to be used in the design and manufacturing environment.

Manufacturing Systems Design and Economics

This module looks at advanced aspects of:

  • Manufacturing processes including description, analysis and classification of basic manufacturing processes; process capabilities, recent advances and developments, assembly systems, automation, robotics and CNC machines, CAD/CAM application
  • Production operations including plant layout, group technology, cellular manufacturing and flexible manufacturing systems. Lean manufacturing techniques, Kaizen, KANBAN, JIT, 5S, seven wastes, Poke Yoke, Value Chain, supply chain management and outsourcing and design reuse. Inventory control and MRP, and quality control
  • Design for manufacture and process selection: including the relationship between design features and process capabilities, manufacturing system selection to produce a given design
  • Economics for manufacture including inventory costing, economic order quantities, costing machine tool selection and cost of production strategy.

Computer Aided Engineering 1

Teaching covers:

  • How to constitute entities of physical object, points, edges, surfaces and solids which are modelled for CAE, and the skills to implement them using a contemporary CAE software to create a computer model of a part, or assembly (Pro/Engineer, CATIA, Solidworks)
  • Theory and useful applications of computer models in mechanism synthesis and analysis using a contemporary CAE packages [MATLAB, SIMULINK].

Computer Aided Engineering 2

Covers advanced theory in Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Structural Design, and useful application of the FEA modelling thermal or electrostatic or electromagnetic fields and use of contemporary CAE packages like Pro/Mechanica, ANSYS, ABAQUS.

Design Experience

This is a module over two terms where students will learn and experience:

  • the design of a multidisciplinary product or system in a manufacturing environment
  • skills in project planning, management and execution as a team member
  • how to acquire knowledge on self learning basis.

The module is normally based on projects taken from industrial partners and with direct practical implementation of the results.


Following the taught part of the programme and reflecting individual interests, the dissertation is an in-depth study of a manufacturing problem or situation, requiring a high standard of investigation and presentation. The analysis of a ‘real’ problem is expected, frequently involving a company or workplace. Close liaison between the University, the student and, where appropriate, the company is essential when selecting a topic which has a suitable academic content and an appropriate scope, relevance and timescale. Some students may wish their dissertations to be considered by the Chartered Engineering Institutions to satisfy requirements for corporate membership. In this case, a further set of criteria will have to be satisfied and you should contact the appropriate institute on the best way to proceed.

Optional modules (choose two)

Microprocessors and Embedded Control

This module covers the various elements of embedded system design – i.e. the inclusion of microprocessor system into a mechanism in order to control it. The specialist microprocessor commonly used will be investigated in terms of how to program and interface them to the real world, and how to use particular features required for embedded systems. The other half of the module introduces the subject of control systems analysis and design, with the aim of providing sufficient understanding to implement a feedback control system using a microprocessor.

Advanced Manufacturing Measurement

This module aims to provide in-depth knowledge of the theories and principles of advanced measurement systems (including micro/nano metrologies) and develop the practical skills of uncertainty evaluation and error analysis/reduction of measurement systems. The topics covered include basics of measurement; measurement error theory and uncertainty evaluation; coordinate measuring machines; industrial non-contact dimensional metrology; surface metrology (stylus and optical instruments; profile and areal characterisation; calibration); scanning probe microscopy (SPM, including STM, AFM, EFM, KFPM, etc.) and their applications; and low force and mass measurement.

Human Factors in Design

In this module you will:

  • develop an understanding of the physical characteristics of humans
  • learn to use the main qualitative and analytical methods of human-centred design
  • appreciate the application of human-centered design techniques using examples from the automotive, electronic and consumer product industries
  • acquire skills in multidisciplinary thinking and multidisciplinary design practice.

Robotics and Manufacturing Automation

The module provides understanding and critical awareness of designing and controlling modern automated manufacturing systems, and employs a systems approach in doing so. You will learn about a variety of industrial and factory automation practices, and develop an understanding in selecting appropriate automation and control methods for the equipment or process at hand. You will be able to:

  • understand the criticality and importance of automation and robotics in the modern industrial environment, and will also understand the issues and differences in automation practices between discrete and process industries.
  • apply current technical knowledge in, and operating a modern manufacturing system, as well as critically analyse manufacturing systems and specify select suitable approaches for control, and to evaluate and justify an automated system.

Design of Mechatronic Systems 

In this module you will be taught how to:

  • integrate mechanical, electronic and control functions
  • critically analyse and use mechatronic design concepts
  • apply multiple discipline expertise in an integrating mechatronic process and use advanced software to simulate power electronic circuits (PSPICE).

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Special Features

Special facilities

MSc Engineering Design students work in a well-equipped design studio with various experiential learning facilities, with computers available for your exclusive use of Engineering Design students.Our investment in laboratory facilities and staff ensures that we can provide an excellent experience in a friendly and supportive environment.

Industry-focused programme

The high standard of our research feeds directly into curriculum design and our teaching, ensuring our graduates are equipped with the most up-to-date techniques, methods and knowledge bases. Our teaching has an excellent reputation and is orientated to the expressed needs of modern enterprises and the industry.

Global reputation

With around 150 postgraduate students from all around the world and substantial research income from the EU, research councils and industry, we are a major player in the field of advanced manufacturing and enterprise engineering.


The MSc Advanced Engineering Design is accredited by both the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This will provide a route to Chartered Engineer status in the UK.

Facts and Figures

Engineering design is the application of engineering principles, the experience of making, and use of mathematical models and analysis. The design and production of complex engineering products often require the use of embedded intelligence and detailed engineering analysis involving mechanical, electronic and control functions.

Advanced theoretical knowledge and a wide range of computer driven tools, methods and methodologies are essential for this process – and the course provides graduates with these essentials.



Our graduates have described the course as "the doorway to industry" due to its integrated advanced theory and intense applications, and typically progress into a wide range of careers, including aerospace, transport, government and manufacturing.

The course develops the advanced knowledge, skills and attitudes demanded by top engineering organisations such as Airbus, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, VW group and British Petroleum, Original Equipment Manufacturers such as Caterpillar and engineering consultancies such as Anderson Consulting.

The Design Experience module gives you experience in the whole design process in an industrial environment – from initial concept to final design for manufacture.

Niftylift Ltd, a leading aerial work platform manufacturer, has provided a computer-based open learning facility where the students learn engineering software packages such as Pro/Engineer, ADAMS, DEPOCAM, ANSYS, ARENA, MATLAB and PSPICE to complement your classroom studies which provide – a useful additional skill sought by employers.


Brunel graduates are in employment with a variety of engineering companies including construction companies, original equipment manufacturers and oil and gas companies. 

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Fees for 2015/6 entry

UK/EU students: £8,000 full-time; £4,000 part-time

International students: £16,500 full-time; £8,250 part-time

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Entry Requirements 2015/6

A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in engineering or appropriate science and technology discipline.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas) 
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.

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