I love my course as I get to experience general engineering topics before specialising in product design. This has meant I've made great friends and we've all learnt new skills from each other.


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

You will learn to solve complex problems, research, develop and prototype your ideas into reality to produce engineered working solutions that can be manufactured. You will also work with product designers, enabling you to use your creativity to make it look great.

Our foundation year option enables you to join the BEng Product Design Engineering course. It will prepare you if you are changing careers or require additional subject knowledge before studying at degree level and working in this exciting area.

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 with Foundation Year?

Product design engineers are key to transforming an engineering idea into a solution that can be manufactured and that works.

On this hands-on course, 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 products that a company can sell.

Your creativity may provide a solution that a company needs to expand their market and reach new users. For instance, you may design products which are easier for people with limited strength or disabilities to use. 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are typically 32-112 UCAS points including minimum 5 GCSEs (including mathematics, English language and science). However, students who have typically:

  • 32-88 UCAS points at level 3 and studied at least one of the following: A level mathematics, A level physics, A level applied science, A level engineering, BTEC Engineering Diploma.
  • 88-112 UCAS points at level 3 and who have not studied: A level mathematics, A level physics, A level applied science, A level engineering, BTEC Engineering Diploma.
  • 32-112 UCAS points at level 3 in mathematics, science or engineering and who have not been in full-time/part-time education for many years.

Further entry requirements

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

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

MEng Product Design Engineering and BEng Product Design Engineering are also available.

More information about entry requirements.

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All about the course

The foundation year will provide you with the relevant theoretical and practical knowledge you need to be prepared to start the BEng degree. You'll develop your core knowledge and understanding of:

• drawing

• physics

• engineering concepts

• materials from a design perspective

• maths and statistics

• higher education (HE) study skills.

On successful completion of the foundation year you will progress to the first year of the BEng Product Design Engineering course. The hands-on problem-solving aspect of this course makes up 40% - 60% of each year of study, so you'll be gaining practical experience every step of the way.

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 on a group project in your first year.

As you progress through the degree, you'll 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 the final year, you'll work independently and as part of a team on a major design engineering project.

The strong focus we place on preparing you for employment means you'll have an opportunity to undertake a work placement within an engineering organisation. Here you can make your mark on a live project and 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

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. 

Seminars and tutorials in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor and will spend a significant amount of time gaining hands-on experience in the computing and engineering laboratories.

In each year of the degree 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 on your knowledge and understanding in context to a real-world scenario and develop your confidence in your mechanical and product engineering understanding and knowledge.

Additional drop-in academic and peer learning mentoring sessions will be typically timetabled and you will be encouraged to make use of and support these sessions to develop your learning. 

We will also nurture your transferable skills so you can:

• work effectively in diverse and inclusive groups

• communicate effectively in groups and one-to-one

• 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 courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, preparing coursework assignments/examination, and preparing for workshops and seminars.

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

Each 20 credit module requires 200 hours of input over the academic year. This includes class contact time in lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory work, module preparation, module learning contextualisation, assessment research, development and submission, and examination revision.

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

• Year 1 60 hours

• Year 2 50 hours

• Year 3 40 hours

Typical contact time per week:

• Year 1 15 hours

• Year 2 12.5 hours

• Year 3 10 hours







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 may be open-book or closed book exams. Coursework may include, Engineering log book, Technical drawings, Wiki pages, blogs, pitches to industry, posters, leaflets, engineering manual, etc.

The Foundation Year (Year 0) consists of 6 non-credit bearing modules.

Years 1-3 (Levels 4-6) 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 group and individual project. The overall group project will be typically sourced from industry, and will require several 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 projects within the group project will entail a dissertation.


The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £13,000
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £13,000
Full-time - placement year * £1,850 N/A

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

* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 / £1,850 relate to 2021/22 only. Please read the 2021/22 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2021/22 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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