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Product Design Engineering with a Year in Industry (BEng Hons) H151

BEng Honours

Product Design Engineering with a Year in Industry

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Key Course Information

Entry Year

2017

Course length

4 year(s)

A-Level Requirements *

BBB

Faculty

Engineering and Physical Sciences

Attendance

Full-Time

Professional Year Out

Yes

UCAS Code

H151

School

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

*Indicative Only. Please see the Course Entry Requirements section for details on subject specific or GCSE requirements.

Overview

The main objective of the Product Design Engineering degree is to produce graduates with a broad and balanced set of skills and attributes required for the design and manufacture of innovative technical products.

The course is a variant of the Mechanical Engineering degree, which after first year, focuses on design process methodology, materials and manufacturing themes. The integrated curriculum is structured to connect content from different modules through team-based and individual projects which act as a core activity each year.

 

Why Queen's?

Accreditation: both the BEng and MEng degrees are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

International Reputation: the School has an international reputation for its contributions to the development of engineering education by playing a leading role in the CDIO initiative (www.cdio.org). Teaching is carried out in the context of conceiving, designing, implementing and operating products or systems; hence better preparing graduates for professional practice.

Ability to Transfer: BEng students who perform well during Stage 1 may be invited to transfer to the MEng degree at the start of Stage 2.

Placements: the School actively encourages one-year work placements, offering preparation through its employability programme and support through its dedicated placement officer.

Study Abroad: the MEng degree offers the opportunity to spend a semester in Stage 4 studying abroad as part of the Erasmus exchange programme. Students also have the opportunity to work or study outside the UK through the IAESTE, Study Abroad and Study USA programmes. In recent years students have gained placements in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Japan, Malaysia and the USA.

 

Entry Requirements

 

Selection Criteria

In addition to the entrance requirements below, it is essential that you read the How We Choose Our Students pdf prior to submitting your UCAS application.

Entrance Requirements

BEng

A-level: BBB including Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry, Further Mathematics, Technology and Design or Double Award Applied Science. 

BTEC Extended Diploma: a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with 100 credits at Distinction and 80 credits at Merit. Distinctions will be required in stipulated relevant units.

Note: applicants not offering Physics at A-level should have a minimum of a grade C in GCSE Physics or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC.

Irish Leaving Certificate: H3H3H3H3H4H4/H3H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in Mathematics and Physics (preferred), Biology or Chemistry

Higher National Diploma: those with good grades in a relevant Higher National Diploma will be considered on their individual merits for entry to Stage 2.

MEng

A-level: AAB including Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry, Further Mathematics or Technology and Design. 

BTEC Extended Diploma: a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with 160 credits at Distinction and 20 credits at Merit. Distinctions will be required in stipulated relevant units.

Note: applicants not offering Physics at A-level should have a minimum of a grade B in GCSE Physics or GCSE Double Award Science grades BB.

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2H3H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grades H2 and H3 in any order in Mathematics and Physics (preferred), Biology or Chemistry

Note: applicants for the MEng degree will automatically be considered for admission to the BEng degree if they are not eligible for entry to the MEng degree both at initial offer making stage and when results are received.

Option to Transfer: transfers between BEng and MEng may be possible at the end of Stage 2.

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please click on Your Country in the International Students website.

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO at Queen's is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Diploma in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering or the International Foundation in Engineering and Science.

For students whose first language is not English

An IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English 

How To Apply

How to Apply

Applications for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/apply.

When to Apply

UCAS will start processing applications for entry in Autumn 2017 from 1 September 2016.

The normal closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 January 2017.

For candidates applying to Oxford or Cambridge and for those whose choices include Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine/Science the closing date is 15 October 2015.

Currently there are two intakes to Adult Nursing (one in September and the other in February).Those applying for entry in February 2016 should apply prior to 15 January 2015.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

Earlier applicants normally receive decisions more quickly, however, UCAS accepts that some applicants, especially those from outside the UK, may find this difficult. Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

Take care to enter the details of the institutions and courses clearly and correctly on the application. For Queen's, the institution code name is QBELF and the institution code is Q75. These should be entered in the Choices section of your UCAS application. Please note a Campus Code is not required. For further information on applying to study at Queen’s, please click here.

Course Content (including module information)

Stage 1

The emphasis is on engineering science fundamentals:

  • CAD modules develop a key skill needed for project work in subsequent years 
  • Short projects concentrate on dissection and analysis of existing products
  • The Introduction to Product Design module develops discipline-specific skills related to design methodology, problem-solving, sketching and model making

Stage 2

Student projects form a significant part of Stage 2, and they focus on the production and testing of prototypes, along with an understanding of the influence of manufacturing processes on design. Supporting modules enable the application of relevant technical knowledge, professional skills and attributes.

Stage 3

In Stage 3, BEng students undertake a major individual project while MEng students work in groups on their major project. Additional industry-focussed project activities are supported by a number of external collaborators. Engineering science subjects focus on materials and manufacturing.

MEng (Stage 4)

At Stage 4, students carry out a semester-long design project embedded in a local company, which also enhances employability skills. Advanced modules focus on engineering design, analysis and materials.

Fees & Scholarships

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union. Higher education funding arrangements mean that students can study now and pay later.

Further details can be found on our fees and funding section.

Queen's works to ensure that all those who can benefit from a university education have the chance to do so, and a generous system of financial support is in place to help them. Each year Queen’s offer a range of scholarships and prize for new students. The most up to date listings are available here.

For international students, information on tuition fees, can be found here. Information on scholarships for international students, can be found here.

Learning and Teaching

At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential. We do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners.   Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:

  • Team based design-build-test projects: forming the core of an integrated curriculum these projects facilitate the application of technical knowledge and practical skills developed in related modules in a context which prepares students for professional practice. The scope and challenge of the projects increases in a staged manner through each year of the degree.
  • Lectures: introduce basic information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study.  Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments.
  • Practical laboratories:  where you will have opportunities to develop technical skills and apply theoretical principles to real-life or practical contexts. 
  • E-Learning technologies:   Information associated with lectures and assignments is often communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online.  A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree through, for example:  interactive group workshops in a flexible learning space; IT and statistics modules; podcasts and interactive web-based learning activities; opportunities to use IT programmes associated with design in practicals and project-based work etc.
  • Tutorials:  Most engineering science lectures are supported by tutorial classes, in which students work in groups on the application of theory to applied problems.  These provide valuable opportunities for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess your own progress and understanding with the support of peers.  You should also expect to make presentations and other contributions to these groups.
  • Self-directed study:  This is an important part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out.
  • Work placements:  Students taking the MEng sandwich programme undertake a work-placement, usually after Stage 2.  This is a significant learning and employability enhancement opportunity. An employability programme provides support on application and CV completion, interviews and what to expect on placement, while our dedicated Careers Officer provides both information on current placement opportunities, and ‘on placement’ support.
  • Work-Related learning/Field Trips/Study Tours:  In stages 1,2 & 3 (modules: Product Design Methods and Practice 1,   Design and Manufacturing Studies 2 and Product Design and Development Studies 3) students will visit a number of local companies who design and manufacture their own products and will work on assignments and projects based on these visits.  They will normally be expected to present their findings to classmates and a panel of lecturers and industry guests.  In stage 4 an industrially linked project option includes a period of placement within the company.
  • Individual supervised projects:  In final year, you will be expected to carry out a significant piece of design work.  You will receive support from a supervisor who will guide you in terms of how to carry out your research and will provide feedback to you during the write up stage.
  • Personal Tutor:  Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor during Level 1 and 2 who meets with them on several occasions during the year to support their academic development. 

Career Prospects

Graduates from this course at Queen’s have been very successful in gaining high quality jobs in the discipline or product design engineering. The majority of graduates are working in manufacturing companies or design consultancies in the UK or Ireland. Their broad skill set and experience has enabled them to fit in equally well in small and dynamic companies as within the multidisciplinary design departments of larger organisations.

While many companies have transferred their manufacturing operations overseas they are retaining and expanding their Product Design and Engineering capacity. They realise that product innovation is essential to remain competitive, but they need suitably educated graduates. Graduates from the Product Design and Development course will have an optimised combination of creative, technical and business skills to meet this demand.

Studying for this degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions.  Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international). 

The majority of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in Product Design or Design Engineering, significant numbers develop careers in a range of other sectors including management and teaching. 

The Prospects websiteprovides further information regarding the types of jobs that attract Engineering Graduates.

Further study is also an option and several have chosen to study for Doctorates in the area of design methodology.

Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers.  Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plusinitiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer.  See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.

Degree Plus and other related initiatives:  Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s.  Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports. 

Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students).  Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts.  As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.

Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plus in particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies.  These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.

Assessment & Feedback

Assessment (general):  The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each module.  Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments.  Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations.  Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction.

Feedback (general):  As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers.  University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:

  • Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that you, as an individual or as part of a group, have submitted. 
  • Face to face comment.  This may include occasions when you make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help you to address a specific query.
  • Placement employer comments or references.
  • Online or emailed comment.
  • General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
  • Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid.  In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which you can review in your own time. 
  • Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
  • Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.

Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.

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