I’m enjoying the Product Design Engineering course as I get to learn the basics of engineering as well as the designing aspect, working both alone and in groups - just like it will be in industry.



Innovative new products and improvements to existing ones happen continuously. Within this course you’ll use existing technologies to create new solutions.

If you aspire to become a leader/manager of a team researching and designing innovative product solutions to complex problems then this course is for you. You will learn to solve complex problems, research, develop and prototype your ideas to produce engineered working solutions that can be manufactured. You will also work with product designers, enabling you to use your creativity to make products look great.

Our course has been designed in collaboration with industry and you’ll have excellent opportunities to develop professional engineering practice and work with a range of employers, so that you become an effective, industry-ready engineer.


Why Study Product Design Engineering?

Product design engineers have key skills within an engineering team to help transform ideas into practical solutions, that can be trialled and tested to provide a reliable product, method or process.

On the course through on and off campus and on-line activities, you'll develop a wide range of transferable skills and will build your knowledge of the qualities of materials and of methods of construction and manufacturing to create successful products.

Entry requirements

112-120 UCAS points (including A level or equivalent in mathematics, physics, applied science or engineering).

Further entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above (including mathematics, English language, science)
  • science can be physics, chemistry, biology or computer science.

You will need to maintain 50% or more in each module during the first three years of undergraduate study to remain on/progress onto this course. Please note any module failure at level 7 will result in being awarded the BEng Mechanical Engineering.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

More information about entry requirements.

BEng Product Design Engineering and BEng Product Design Engineering with Foundation Year are also available.

UCAS Points

All about the course

The hands-on learning throughout the course developed on and off campus and on-line learning will develop your practical problem-solving approach. This makes up 40-60% of each year of study so you can be a confident, work-ready engineer by the time you graduate.

You'll start by learning the essentials of mechanical related engineering, engineering evaluation, concept generation, design, prototype and testing real problems. You'll also develop your confidence in applying the fundamental science (laws of physics), mathematics and statistics principles, and computing skills in context to engineering. Through workshops you'll put theory into practice and you'll have the opportunity to work collaboratively on a group project in your first year.

As you progress through the degree, you'll be supported to gain specialist skills and knowledge in areas such as engineering product life cycle, CAD tools, Industry 4.0 technology, manufacturing control, instrumentation, and communication systems

In Year 3, you'll work independently and collaboratively as part of a team on a major design engineering project.

In the final year, you'll learn management skills and will gain in confidence and experience of leading a team and working individually on a team project. You'll research and develop an innovative solution to a complex product, working in the way an industrial engineer would work.

The strong focus we place on preparing you for employment means you'll have an opportunity to undertake a work placement developing relationships within an inclusive engineering organisation. Where you can demonstrate and share your skills to make your mark on a live project and further develop your transferable skills to help your CV stand out from the crowd.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

The contact time per module is typically a blend of lectures, laboratories and tutorials:

  • Year 1 60hrs
  • Year 2 50hrs
  • Year 3 40hrs
  • Year 4 (MEng) 40hrs

Typical contact time per week:

  • Year 1 15hrs
  • Year 2 12.5hrs
  • Year 3 10hrs
  • Year 4 (MEng) 10hrs

Additionally, in each academic year you will complete a team CDIO project (typically sourced from industry) in a 40-credit module. These large group projects provide you with the opportunity to reflect upon your knowledge and understanding in context to a real-world scenario and develop your confidence in your mechanical and product engineering understanding and knowledge. We will also facilitate your learning to be able to:

  • Work effectively and supportively in diverse and inclusive groups
  • Communicate effectively in groups and one-to-ones
  • Apply project management to group-work
  • Apply principles of commercial management and solutions considerations
  • Develop effective communication with professionals from other disciplines, especially clinicians
  • Contribute to industry through your solutions
  • Provide tangible results for your portfolio of evidence for future employment.

All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.


When not attending lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading books and articles from academic journals, undertaking research in the library, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

Additional drop-in academic and peer learning mentoring online sessions with your personal academic tutor will be typically provided and you will be encouraged to make use of and support these sessions, to develop your learning. They are also an opportunity to apply your learning on new unfamiliar problems with the academics. As at other institutions these sessions have supported students to progress in their studies and provided valuable evidence for employment.

Each 20 credits of a course of study, requires 200 hours of input over the academic year. This includes class timetabled contact time on and off campus and on-line; lectures, tutorials, workshops and laboratories. Also includes yourself study time; module preparation, module learning contextualisation, assessment research, development and submission of assessments, and examination revision.

The modules are led by our engineering academic team consisting of lecturers, senior lecturers, principal lecturers, and laboratory learning will be further supported by senior and junior technicians and postgraduate demonstrators.

During this course, we will help you to become a highly-skilled Product Design Engineer and direct your natural creativity through this academic journey.

Stuart LambertProgramme Director

How you’ll be assessed

All academic years consist of a mix of modules that are assessed by coursework only, to modules that are assessed by examination and coursework. Examinations maybe open-book, closed book style exam, on-line, or 24hr take home exam. Coursework may include, Engineering log book, Technical drawings, Wiki pages, blogs, pitches to industry, posters, leaflets, engineering manual, etc.

Years 1-3 (Levels 4-6) each consist of 4 modules that are 20 credits each and 1 module that is 40 credits.

In the modules and module assessment you will need to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and understanding of engineering science and principles engineering at Level 4;
  • Application of knowledge and understanding of Product Design at Level 5;
  • Critical analysis of application of knowledge and understanding of Product Design at Level 6.

The 40 credit modules will provide you with the opportunity to work on a substantial group CDIO (Create, Design, Implement and Operate) project typically sourced from industry. These projects will provide you with the opportunity to build your technical skills, as well as your professional practice skills. The pioneering CDIO approach is being designed to enable you to develop your creative skills to find solutions based on engineering science, principles and provide practical benefits to end users, and manufacturers. For example, could your group innovate and design the next generation of bathroom taps that plug and fit solution, and that are user friendly for able, disabled and elderly users.

The Level 6 Professional Product Engineering Project 40 credits module will entail a group and individual project. The overall group project will be typically sourced from industry, and will require a number of individual projects to support a solution to the overall group project. Each individual project will entail dissertation assessment. Each group will be led and managed by a Level 7 MEng student studying the Professional Engineering Project and Management module. Each Level 7 student will research, develop, apply and test through the development of their own evaluation methods to critically analyse a more complex problem that contributes to the Level 6 Professional Product Engineering group. Each Level 6 and 7 individual project within the group project will entail a dissertation.

Level 7 students will be responsible to lead and manage integration of all the project solutions to provide an integrated system, and verifying and validation that the solutions are timely, cost effective and are the desired quality, in addition to meeting IS standards, current and anticipated future regulations and public policy, ethical considerations, patents, health and safety.

In addition to previous information Examinations maybe open-book, closed book style exam, on-line, or 24hr take home exam. 

Your future career

Product Design Engineers may work in several different sectors where they are required to use their creativity to develop new products and improve existing ones. They research ideas and processes that lead to new product development or transfer existing technology to new uses. They apply innovation and they generally work in multi-disciplinary teams alongside design teams, materials engineers, manufacturing engineers and mechanical engineers to make the solution a reality. They see a product transform from an idea at the conception stage right through to mass production. They work closely with the end users and customers to realise the market needs.

There are many industries and companies with roles that could involve things like:

  • Innovating bathroom fittings for all users (able, elderly and/or disabled users)
  • Conceiving and designing new street lighting that meets European and local heritage standards
  • Researching and developing solutions to support disaster recovery, health and hygiene for remote areas
  • Creating new packaging solutions for a variety of high-end products to protect the products during the delivery process
  • Designing tools, moulds, jigs and fittings for CNC machines for a part for mass production
  • Generate concept, design and prototype new products for example folding sustainable coffee cups
  • Prototype engineering toys for the domestic market.

Product design engineers are sought after by a wide variety of industries for example:

  • Embedded systems suppliers: designing the casing for electronics, from laptop case to WiFi router box
  • Engineering fabrication workshops: designing, manufacturing and fabricating bespoke one-off parts and prototypes for a variety of customers.
  • Financial organisations: design engineers are also highly sought after for their data processing and investigating abilities for industry audits, accountancy and consultancy
  • Legal sector for technical reviewing, advising, and approving patents.

Please note that some career paths are subject to further academic study and qualifications may require industrial sponsorship or be dependent on the employer and the economic or sector demand.


The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK** Overseas***
Full-time £9,250 £14,500
Placement year £1,850 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

**Home (UK) Fees

The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding

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