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Product Design Engineering BEng/MEng

Take control and tailor your studies to suit your creative or mechanical product design ambitions.
Code
BEng: W24A
MEng: W24B
Start
BEng October 2020
MEng October 2021
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) *
£13,700 (INT) *
Course leader
Kate Herd

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning as we start the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting in autumn 2020, there’s more detail on how we’ll deliver your course below.

This course is now available in Clearing.
Follow this link or call 020 8411 6565 for more info

The MEng course is no longer accepting applications for 2020 entry. The next entry for MEng is 2021. For 2020 entry, please apply for the BEng

Why study product design engineering with us

Our flexible product design degree gives you the skills, project experience and professional networks to succeed in the field of product design engineering. With the flexibility to study a three-year BEng, or a four-year MEng, our product design engineering 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 product design engineering and physical computing, while you develop the skills you need to combine aesthetic functionality with innovative technology, 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.

Build your practical product design engineering skills

You’ll enhance your career prospects through our guest lectures and live projects, graduate degree show, and the option of a year long work placement. Our London location gives you access to some of the UK’s 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 switch to the creative (BA) route or to remain on the more technological (BEng/MEng) path for the remainder of your studies. If you’re applying for our four-year MEng course, you’ll begin work on your master's qualification as soon as you successfully finish your undergraduate study.

Get the support you need to succeed

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’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.


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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

We’ve made sure that the skills and knowledge that you’ll gain on your course will not change during the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re applying to start this course or progressing into year one, two or three this autumn, your module information is below.

  • 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 module offers you an introduction to core computing skills for design practice. It enables you to develop skills in CAD modelling, design visualisation, design communication and product prototyping. It introduces strategies for engaging with distributed communities or practice and developing an online presence.

  • Year 2

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

      This module provides the opportunity for you to develop your design knowledge, practice and experiences and to apply your design skills through workshops and selected external collaborative projects covering a range of sectors. You will focus on deepening theory, process and contextual knowledge, and applying that knowledge in responding to complex briefs.

    • Advanced Technical Prototyping (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module equips designers with the prototyping tools and approaches to enable them to successfully engage in technical prototyping activity to develop, test and validate design proposals. The module will develop your capability to analyse design problems, to develop effective prototyping strategies and approaches and to select appropriate and accessible technologies

    • Advanced Technical Design Tools (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module develops your design engineering skills and advanced CAD/CAM capabilities. It focuses on analytical skills and engineering tools that enable you to create successful products by providing knowledge and understanding of design for manufacture, design validation and optimisation techniques.

  • 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 module provides the opportunity for you to synthesise your design project experiences, and to develop your practice to a professional level, through selected external collaborative projects and through the generation of your Final Major Project. The focus of all projects is on various forms of innovation.

    • Professional Context (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module develops your design research, strategic planning, theoretical background, and contextual and commercial framework for your Final Major Project and your personal practice. You will prepare and publish a range of technical and contextual texts, and a professional and personal reflection upon your project work

    • Design Manifestation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The Design Manifestation module continues the making experiences from Year 1 & 2 modules to develop a high level of technical capability and an equivalent level of reflective practice sensitivity. It interweaves with the final year modules to create a coherent and supportive final year experience which will prepare them for their chosen future. The module will equip final year students with: - the understanding and experience of HOW to evolve great ideas and manifest them in appropriate and high-quality ways. - the ability to consider WHY the manifestation process they pursue is best suited to them, their project, their practice and the wider world. - the confidence to engage with challenges early in an active, exploratory and open manner, and to apply their knowledge and experiences in effective ways.

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 module offers you an introduction to core computing skills for design practice. It enables you to develop skills in CAD modelling, design visualisation, design communication and product prototyping. It introduces strategies for engaging with distributed communities or practice and developing an online presence.

  • Year 2

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

      This module provides the opportunity for you to develop your design knowledge, practice and experiences and to apply your design skills through workshops and selected external collaborative projects covering a range of sectors. You will focus on deepening theory, process and contextual knowledge, and applying that knowledge in responding to complex briefs.

    • Advanced Technical Prototyping (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module equips designers with the prototyping tools and approaches to enable them to successfully engage in technical prototyping activity to develop, test and validate design proposals. The module will develop your capability to analyse design problems, to develop effective prototyping strategies and approaches and to select appropriate and accessible technologies.

    • Advanced Technical Design Tools (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module develops your design engineering skills and advanced CAD/CAM capabilities. It focuses on analytical skills and engineering tools that enable you to create successful products by providing knowledge and understanding of design for manufacture, design validation and optimisation techniques.

  • 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 module provides the opportunity for you to synthesise your design project experiences, and to develop your practice to a professional level, through selected external collaborative projects and through the generation of your Final Major Project. The focus of all projects is on various forms of innovation.

    • Professional Context (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module develops your design research, strategic planning, theoretical background, and contextual and commercial framework for your Final Major Project and your personal practice. You will prepare and publish a range of technical and contextual texts, and a professional and personal reflection upon your project work.

    • Design Manifestation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The Design Manifestation module continues the making experiences from Year 1 & 2 modules to develop a high level of technical capability and an equivalent level of reflective practice sensitivity. It interweaves with the final year modules to create a coherent and supportive final year experience which will prepare them for their chosen future. The module will equip final year students with: - the understanding and experience of HOW to evolve great ideas and manifest them in appropriate and high-quality ways. - the ability to consider WHY the manifestation process they pursue is best suited to them, their project, their practice and the wider world. - the confidence to engage with challenges early in an active, exploratory and open manner, and to apply their knowledge and experiences in effective ways.

  • Year 5

    • Team Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to contextualise, exemplify and consolidate the analytical and technical knowledge and skills in relevant subject areas through a complex engineering team project. It will provide you with the opportunity to develop your competence in working in a team through the holistic product development process and the formal project management approach.

    • 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.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module,  or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning - changes for students in 2020
  3. Teaching and learning - typical structure
  4. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Interviews and Portfolios
  4. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Additional costs

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.

Dr Kate Herd
Senior Lecturer

Dr Herd is an internationally renowned expert on co-design. She is also Associate Director of redLoop, the MDX Design and Innovation Centre.

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 Advisory 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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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.



We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

Other courses

Product Design BA

Start: October 2020

Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement

Code: W240

Design Engineering BEng/MEng

Start: BEng October 2020, MEng October 2021

Duration: BEng: 3 years full-time, MEng: 4 years full-time

Code: BEng: H15A, MEng: H15B

Start: October 2019, EU/International induction: September 2019

Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with sandwich option

Code: W2W7

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