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Introducing... Sustainable Design Engineering

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New for 2023 we’ve launched our BEng Sustainable Design Engineering course. We’ve developed this forward-thinking and exciting degree to ensure that we train the next cohort of engineers across a wide range of engineering activities. Read on to find out more about what this course will cover, and what makes it special.

Engineering is changing

We have seen the impact of digital technologies on the rapidly evolving world of engineering over the last decade. Technology is constantly striving to make our lives easier, and the impact of technology on engineering is no different.

Modern engineering now incorporates a range of manufacturing techniques, whilst also placing an increased focus on sustainable, smart technologies and digital workflows. Engineering companies are now looking for graduates who can work across several different specialisms, using the advancements in technology and automation to change the way we work.

In order to adapt to these changes, we’ve developed course content which reflects a range of engineering systems and concepts. Alongside this, we’ll introduce our students to innovative topics around sustainability, smart factories, and digital technologies that will set them apart in their future careers.

"Sustainable Design Engineering was developed after consulting with the industry to ensure the content aligns with the need of employers working in a digital context. We felt this was vital to ensure our graduates are prepared with the very latest skills for their future careers."

Dave Knapton, Principal Lecturer and Engineering Academic Team Leader

Core first year

Like all of our other undergraduate BEng courses, Sustainable Design Engineering shares a common first year. We feel that this is a great benefit, as it gives our students the chance to study the same core themes and collaborate with classmates all across their cohorts. Topics in the first year include Engineering Mathematics, Digital Design Principles and Digital Technologies.

All of our students in the School of Engineering are based in the David Goldman Technology Centre, in which we have a number of specialist labs to enhance practical learning. Our students benefit from working and problem-solving within our specialist laboratories, and this gives them good experience of what working within the sector and with the required equipment after they have graduated will be like.

A blue robot arm next to a computer

After the core first year, students on the BEng Sustainable Design Engineering will delve into a carefully selected range of topics. Students will examine the fundamentals of sustainable engineering, the internal architecture of microprocessors, maintenance strategies, data management, emerging technologies and so much more. More information about the module content can be found within the course structure.

Industry links

We’re incredibly fortunate to be situated in the heart of one of the North East’s most crucial industrial hubs, where our links with industry have given our students incredible opportunities. All of our staff within the School of Engineering have links to this industry, so there will be opportunities to network throughout the course.

The University is also just a stone’s throw from one of Europe’s most productive car plants, Sunderland Nissan, giving our students a prime location to forge their way at the forefront of the sector.

Find out more

You can find out more about the course by visiting the BEng Sustainable Design Engineering course page.

If you'd like to see our campus for yourself, sign up for one of our Open Days.

Published: 22 November 2023