Department of Engineering and Design

Undergraduate study

We offer degrees in: Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Automotive engineering and Product Design. All degrees come with the option of an industrial placement year and you might want to look at our robotics options.

If you are not yet sure which type of Engineering degree you wish to follow, don't worry as you will not have to make a final decision until the end of the first term and you can switch between BEng and MEng in your third year.

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Studying with us

The Engineering and Design Department offers many opportunities to develop leadership and collaborative skills that make a difference in our students' careers. They can join our student societies, such as Robogals, PowerStorm and the Formula teams, to develop their leadership and professional skills. Our teaching is often project-based, and we support students' participation in international design and engineering competitions, such as the Global Design Challenge  and the Global Grad Show Prize. This enables them to gain exposure and recognition and to open career opportunities and perspectives internationally. 

Engineering degrees - BEng (3 years) or MEng (4 years) plus an optional placement year


Our Engineering degrees allow you to choose between the BEng or MEng courses. 

The three-year BEng courses are for students who either want to get into industry quickly or to take a more technical approach in Year 4 with a specialist MEng degree. This can lead to chartered engineer status.

The fourth year of the MEng includes specialist technical modules, as well as business and management courses. Our MEng are designed to help you become a chartered engineer, and are accredited by the IMechE and IET. They are for students aiming at leadership positions early in their career.

All Engineering BEng and MEng courses have an optional placement year assessed as an integral part of the course, leading to the award 'Course name with an Industrial Placement Year'. See the full list of Engineering undergraduate degrees we offer on the dedicated page.


Product Design Degrees - BSc or BA (3 years), both degrees are also offered with a professional placement year (4 years)

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Our product design degree is a standard three-year BSc unless you choose to study with a professional placement year. 

If you have the ambition to undertake a degree in Product but are unable to meet the entry requirements for one of our named courses, our foundation year could enable you to achieve your goal.

For full course details see the dedicated page, our portfolio, or peek behind the curtains on our instagram.

Engineering degrees (with a foundation year) (4 to 6 years)

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We strongly support the Sussex policy of widening participation in higher education. 

If you have the ambition to undertake a degree in engineering but are unable to meet the entry requirements for one of our named courses, our foundation year could enable you to achieve your goal.

For more details, see the dedicated information page.

Professional accreditation

Our Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Automotive degrees are accredited by either the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) or the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council. Our product design courses are accredited by the Instituion of Engineering Designers (iED). Please see here for details.

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