Our flexible product design degree gives you the skills, project experience and professional networks to succeed in the creative and mechanical fields of product design. With the flexibility to study a three-year BEng, or a four-year MEng, our product design course gives you the skills, practical experience and confidence to develop your creative vision into real working products. Using industry-standard software and hardware, you’ll learn the ins and outs of mechanical design engineering and physical computing, while you develop the skills you need to combine aesthetic functionality with innovative technology. You’ll specialise in applying mechanical design engineering and physical computing in domestic products and become experienced using the latest industry software and hardware equipped in our labs and workshops. You’ll also get the work experience, advice, feedback and encouragement you need to start building your professional portfolio – and gain a competitive edge when it comes to launching your career. You’ll enhance your career prospects through our networking events, work experience opportunities and the chance to enter design engineering competitions. You’ll also have the option to get a taste of the industry with a paid, year-long work placement, and get to showcase your work to industry professionals in our final year degree show. Our Canada location gives you access to some of the most prestigious design companies – and our weekly guest lectures give you the chance to further enhance your industry knowledge and build contacts with some of the industry’s leading design experts. From your second year, you’ll have the option to pursue the creative (BA) route or the technological (BEng/MEng) path for the remainder of your studies. If you’re applying for our four-year MEng course, you’ll also gain your master’s qualification as soon as you successfully finish your undergraduate study. While you’re learning, you’ll be matched with a Personal Tutor directly related to your course. You’ll also get support from our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants, who have experience in your subject area. You career success is important to us, which is why our product design degree has the Creative Skillset Tick and is currently seeking accreditation by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). You’ll graduate with the skills and experience you need to start a career in a wide-range of sectors, from industrial design and experimental design to creative technology and product design.
Product Design Engineering BEng/MEng
Take control and tailor your studies to suit your creative or mechanical product design ambitions.
You will develop a range of techniques across studio based design and engineering processes, prototyping and traditional workshop methods, physical computing, computer aided design and analysis and manufacturing techniques. The design discourse strand will help you to understand design in its wider context and to recognise its place in the cultural landscape. You will learn to design and engineer a wide range of products across: consumer durables, lighting, furniture, smart products, sports and leisure products, and toys and games, emphasising the technology and detail design. You will also examine design issues relating to: design strategy, human factors, marketing, product semantics, sustainable design, CAD visualisation and simulation, advanced manufacturing, rapid prototyping and contextual design studies. Our professional learning environment encourages you to develop a commercial approach to design. This happens through taking part in work placements and also through supporting live projects with industry partners. Product Design Engineering is a practice-based programme, and is focussed on employability experience. Modules build technical skills and/or practice skills. Year 1 builds these through hands-on exercises and mini-projects. Year 2 develops the depth and range of these skills and adds ‘Live’ experiences with industrial or external collaborators in a range of Product Design and Engineering sectors. The Placement Year extends this by allowing you to go out to work directly in a design and/or engineering practice or practices. The final year combines external project experience with a self-initiated final project, which acts as a calling card for future employment and integrates and coheres all the previous experiences at the highest level. The course will help you develop the theoretical and practical skills, experiences and attitudes to enter the professional world as an employment ready Product Designer Engineer across a wide range of sectors and emerging practices.