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The design and manufacture of innovative technical products

The main objective of this 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.  It is a variant of the Mechanical Engineering degree, which after first year, focuses on design processes methodology, materials and manufacturing themes.

The integrated curriculum connects content from different modules through team-based and individual projects which act as a core activity each year.

Course Content

The subjects studied at each stage of our product design engineering programmes include;


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 specific skills related to problem-solving, design methodology, 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.

Stage 4

At Stage 4, students carry out a semester-long design project in a local company, which also enhances employability skills.  Advanced modules focus on engineering design, analysis and materials.
PHOTO: Shannon Graham
I love being creative and designing new products, or improving existing products, as well as how they work and the engineering side to it all, so Product Design Engineering gave me the best of both worlds. Shannon Graham
MEng Product Design Engineering
Students doing project work

Tailored Teaching Facilities


A sample of our state-of-the-art educational facilities

Learning Environment
Studend working at PC

Placement Year

Improve you employability with a year in industry

All of our degree pathways come with the option of a sandwich year in industry. Students spend up to 12 months getting hands on experience of a real engineering environment with a relevant aerospace company.

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PHOTO: Rebecca Wray
I chose Product Design Engineering as it provides a good balance between technical mechanical engineering and product design. This programme has strong links with industries, enabling us to work on real life projects as part of our study. Rebecca Wray
MEng Product Design Engineering

Our Degree Pathways


We offer both Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) and Master of Engineering (MEng) degree pathways:

BEng in Product Design Engineering

The 3 year (4 with placement) BEng degree provides a solid foundation in all the basic engineering technologies.

BEng (Year in Industry)

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MEng in Product Design Engineering

The 4 year (5 with placement) MEng degree extends study to in-depth specialist topics, with the aim of producing future engineering leaders.

MEng (Year in Industry)

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Entrance Requirements

Tel:     +44 (0) 28 9097 3838


Course Information

The Director of Education
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Tel:     +44 (0) 28 9097 4117