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Product Design Engineering BEng/MEng

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Code
BEng: W24A
MEng: W24B
Start
October 2018
EU/International induction: September 2018
Duration
BEng: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement
MEng: 4 years full-time, 5 years full-time with placement
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Wyn Griffiths

Product Design Engineers are the technical engine of innovation for consumer products. They have the technical ability to develop their creative vision into fully working, fully detailed products. Our degree gives students the theoretical and practical education and project experience, in state-of-the-art facilities, to become employment ready, accomplished product design engineers, with a professional portfolio of work.

Why study BEng/MEng Product Design Engineering at Middlesex University?

This degree produces creative, professional and highly skilled Product Design Engineers capable of playing an active role in formulating and meeting the challenges and opportunities arising in contemporary commercial practice. You will have an expert understanding of industry and have the skills to combine aesthetic functionality with innovative technology.

We provide a collaborative learning environment where you'll build the skills, knowledge, experience and confidence to design and develop compelling products and systems for the 21st century. Our project-focused curriculum allows you to bring your designs to fruition and make tangible products to showcase your work. You will 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 will graduate well-prepared to enter the professional world of contemporary design practice through exposure to a productive, multidisciplinary working environment with state-of-the-art industry standard facilities and placements with prestigious design-led companies.

To support your career success you will build a professional portfolio of work throughout your degree and receive regular guest lectures and project feedback from industry professionals, with the option of spending a year on industry placement.

You will have a common Year 1 with BA Product Design and BEng/MEng Product Design Engineering together, developing the fundamentals of contemporary design and design engineering practice. At the end of the year, you can confirm your choice, or change your initial pathway to take either the creative (BA) or technological (BEng/MEng) route. The BA focuses on people and how they interact with products, while the BEng/MEng is targeted towards technology and how a product functions.

Course highlights

  • You are encouraged to enter prestigious product design engineering competitions to enhance your experience and career prospects, as part of the curriculum
  • You will extend your industry knowledge through our series of weekly guest lectures delivered by some of the UKs leading design experts and companies
  • A year-long work placement is available as part of the course and our London campus gives you access to prestigious placements within the creative industries
  • If you apply for our four-year MEng course you will gain a masters qualification as soon as you successfully complete your undergraduate degree
  • Our degree is seeking accreditation by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and also has the Creative Skillset Tick: a kitemark of quality for training that prepares you for a successful career in the creative industries
  • You will showcase your work in our final year degree show, giving you an opportunity to share your products with industry employers
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BEng/MEng Product Design Engineering?

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.

What will you gain?

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.

BEng modules

  • Year 1

    • Design and Studio Practice (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces the core skills in design and studio practice. The focus of the module is on developing both an intellectual awareness and a practical application of design process methods, ideas generation and communication techniques and creative conversations

    • Prototyping (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces the core skills in prototyping. The focus of the module is developing confidence in an awareness and practical application of prototyping techniques appropriate for different stages of the design process.

    • Design Tools (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This is a new module and the description will become available shortly.

  • Year 2

    • Design Methods, Processes and Practice (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This is a new module and the description will become available shortly.

    • Advanced Technical Prototyping (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This is a new module and the description will become available shortly.

    • Advanced Technical Design Tools (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This is a new module and the description will become available shortly.

  • Year 3 - Optional Placement

    • TKSW Placement (120 credits) - Optional

      This is a new module and the description will become available shortly.

  • Year 4

    • Engineering Design Projects and Professional Practice (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This is a new module and the description will become available shortly.

    • Professional Context (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This is a new module and the description will become available shortly.

    • Design Manifestation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This is a new module and the description will become available shortly.

MEng modules

  • Year 1

    • Design and Studio Practice (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces the core skills in design and studio practice. The focus of the module is on developing both an intellectual awareness and a practical application of design process methods, ideas generation and communication techniques and creative conversations

    • Prototyping (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces the core skills in prototyping. The focus of the module is developing confidence in an awareness and practical application of prototyping techniques appropriate for different stages of the design process.

    • Design Tools (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This is a new module and the description will become available shortly.

  • Year 2

    • Design Methods, Processes and Practice (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This is a new module and the description will become available shortly.

    • Advanced Technical Prototyping (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This is a new module and the description will become available shortly.

    • Advanced Technical Design Tools (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This is a new module and the description will become available shortly.

  • Year 3 - Optional Placement

    • TKSW Placement (120 credits) - Optional

      This is a new module and the description will become available shortly.

  • Year 4

    • Engineering Design Projects and Professional Practice (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This is a new module and the description will become available shortly.

    • Professional Context (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This is a new module and the description will become available shortly.

    • Design Manifestation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This is a new module and the description will become available shortly.

  • Year 5

    • Team Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This is a new module and the description will become available shortly.

    • Design Strategy (30 credits) - Optional

      This is a new module and the description will become available shortly.

    • Advanced Topics in Design Engineering (30 credits) - Optional

      This is a new module and the description will become available shortly.

    • Engineering Innovation (30 credits) - Optional

      This is a new module and the description will become available shortly.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. How is the BEng/MEng Product Design Engineering taught?
  2. Work placements
  3. Assessment
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Interviews and Portfolios
  4. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the BEng/MEng Product Design Engineering support your career?

Product Design Engineering graduates enter employment in a wide-range of sectors that fall within the new definition of ‘Product Design’ and ‘Product Design Engineer’. You could enter in such as roles as:

  • Industrial Designer
  • Service Designer
  • Designer/Craftsperson
  • Interaction Designer
  • Design Engineer
  • Mechanical Designer
  • Experimental Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Creative Technologist
  • Design Strategist

An increasing number of graduates are setting up their own businesses, and successful start-ups such as Rebirth, Casezo, ADZero (ADCreative), Airbrake, Mutant Bikes, Exceptional and Novo Consult have been led by graduates recently.

Our Product Design degree offers a professional standard learning environment with excellent facilities, including over 100 high spec workstations with dedicated CAD/CAM equipment. The workshops feature industrial scale facilities for CNC milling, turning, laser cutting, additive manufacturing/rapid prototyping and CMM reverse engineering.

Electronics and mechatronics prototyping and production, including LabView and Multisim tools with associated hardware such as NI-ELVIS training equipment and Compact Rio control systems provided by National Instruments and PCB manufacture. Festo automated production and assembly simulation equipment.

World leading and international award-winning designers work with our students, through visiting lectureships, guest lectures and projects regularly and throughout their experience.

Professor Mehmet Karamanoglu
Head of Department, Design Engineering and Mathematics

Professor Karamanoglu holds a visiting Professorship at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. He is actively involved in research and research supervision primarily focusing on Engineering Design and Manufacturing Engineering. He also serves as the UK national organiser for the Mechatronics competitions for the WorldSkills UK/SEMTA.

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Wyn Griffiths
Senior Lecturer

Wyn has over 25 years in product design and engineering and design education. He is a Lead Mentor for the Design Council SPARK Programme and a member of the Advosry Group for the Design Museum 'Design Ventura' programme. He was a founding member, and Associate Director of redLoop, Middlesex University’s ground-breaking ‘transition space’.

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Helena Ambrosio
Lecturer and Designer in Residence in Design Engineering and Mathematics

Helena is active in practice and research exploring design and engineering processes and data-driven design.

Puja Varsani
Associate Lecturer in Design Engineering and Mathematics

Puja is a specialist in robotics and physical computing. Puja is a previous two-times UK Worldskills champion in mobile robotics.

  • Jonathan Joanes

    Product Design BSc student

    This course has been really good so far. I have friends studying Product Design at other universities so I guess that is my only comparison, but the way our course is set up seems to put us in a really good position compared to where they are. I think this is to do with the structure of the course and the way we build our skills over the three years. The first year is about nurturing and developing the initial skills you have, so sketching, a little bit of CAD, graphic work, that kind of thing. Things really ramp up in second year, probably due to the amount of projects that are thrown at you. It's good because it helps you organise yourself really quickly, and you use the skills you developed in first year to be more independent when working on your projects. In the final year it is more about using those skills, being more independent and getting on with your final project.

    Being on placement was brilliant and it really helps because it gives you a different approach to your final year. The people who have been on placements don't treat their final year projects like student projects, they treat them like professional projects which is a completely different angle that really pays off.

    One of the best things about the course is that we work on a lot of live briefs for real clients. These projects really help build up our portfolios, and at the end of the day this is probably one of the most valuable things we will have when we graduate – our portfolio and our skills. Being able to work on these live projects is a really good experience – working to real timescales, having proper deliverables, going to meetings and things like that. Then at the end of it we have an amazing portfolio and CV to help us launch our career.

    We have something on the course called Guest Lectures, where every Tuesday a different expert is invited to come and give a one-hour lecture. A variety of people from across the industry come in, like Michael Margolis who wrote The Arduino Cookbook and we also had the chief designer from Aston Martin come in too. It is amazing, we'd never get to meet people like this normally and afterwards you get to chat to them and get their cards so we have their contact details if we ever wanted to send them an email. Ex-students from a few years ago often come back and talk about they got from their degree to where they are now too, which is great because it could be a bit of a minefield when you get your degree if you don't know what to do with it and hearing from those who have already done it really helps.

    The staff are really helpful. Everyone is super friendly and approachable so it is more fun than anything – you just go in and sit down and get on with things. It is not people shouting at you and telling you what to do, it is more of an open conversation.

    After I graduate I'd like to work for a few smaller studios and work on a variety of projects. I'd also like to go and work abroad in America or Europe. After the work I did on my placement I have become really interested in the installation-side of design, creating huge pieces that have a big impact on people. As a child I always wanted to work in automotive design, and I'd love to work for someone like BMW where you'd get to see people driving around cars that you had a contribution in designing.

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Code: BEng: H15A, MEng: H15B

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Start: October 2018, EU/International induction: September 2018

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