Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 Years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fee

£13,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS points

72 (September 2019 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Course description

Are you a creative thinker with a real interest in the technical design of products and how they actually work? Offering a foundation year to build your skills and confidence, this course puts you on the pathway to careers where you can unleash your ideas and specialise in design for the manufacturing sector.

Why you should study Product Design at the University of Derby

This course focuses on design for mass production and design engineering. Offering plenty of practical experience, it offers you new perspectives on how products are designed and manufactured within industry.  

Prepare for success with a foundation year

Taking a foundation year first is a smart move if you have the potential and ambition to study this BSc (Hons) programme but lack the formal entry requirements or feel you are not quite ready to embark on a full honours degree right now.

It is also invaluable if you have changed your mind about your career direction since you chose your A-levels or BTECs and need to improve your skills in a different subject area.

The foundation year will cover general concepts in areas such as engineering science, structural analysis and dynamics, together with essential scholarship skills for technologists which will support your progress at honours degree level.

Close industry links

The BSc (Hons) Product Design Engineering is underpinned by our thriving partnerships with manufacturers. Throughout, you will work on industry-sponsored assignments that will enhance your development as a designer. You will also build the full range of skills that employers regard as essential for a successful design professional today.

You will be inspired and motivated by the expertise of our lecturers, who themselves have ‘real world’ experience as designers working for manufacturing companies and as consultants.

Work placement opportunity

You can choose to go on an optional work placement between stages two and three of the course, which is a fantastic opportunity to gain some real insights into working in the industry. As part of this experience, you will also gain an additional qualification - the Diploma in Professional Practice. Find out more about placements

A rich and varied learning experience

From the second stage of the BSc (Hons) Product Design Engineering, you can choose optional pathways in either sustainability or materials and manufacturing. This enables you to concentrate on the themes which interest you most and decide where your future career ambitions might lie.

As well as honing your design skills, you will have the chance to showcase your talent in exhibitions and competitions. Our students and graduates regularly win national prizes for their skill and ingenuity.

Among our many success stories, BSc (Hons) Product Design Engineer Matthew Thompson was recognised as one of the Design Council’s ‘70 New Designers to Watch’ as part of the celebrations marking the Council’s 70 years of promoting design in the UK. He was singled out for his work on ‘Myo’ - a low-cost prosthetic hand that, through clever design, provides the functionality associated with devices costing ten times as much.

What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Preliminary Mathematics
  • Scholarship for Technologists
  • Technology Project (double module)
  • Engineering Science
  • Introduction to Structural Analysis and Dynamics

You will then study a total of 120 credits per year. This will be made up of single or double modules.

  • Applied Scientific Methods
  • Context: Being a Product Designer
  • Product Design Studies
  • Computed Aided Product Design
  • Innovation
  • Materials and Manufacturing Processes
  • Product Engineering Design
  • Failure Analysis
  • Design Project Concept
  • Design Project Development
  • Innovation Applications and Personal Development Planning
  • Eco Design
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Applied Professional Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technologies and Systems
  • Design Management and Personal Development Planning
  • Major Project Research
  • Major Project
  • Advanced Engineering Materials and Applications
  • Advanced Eco Design

How you will learn

Real world learning

You will study in the excellent facilities at our Markeaton Street site, working in studios and workshops and using a range of computer-based systems.

You can go on an optional work placement between stages two and three of this course and gain an additional qualification - the Diploma in Professional Practice.

How you are assessed

Assessments are predominantly project-based coursework assignments which incorporate elements of theoretical and practical work. There will be at least one exam-based assessment in each year of study, with a maximum of two in the final year (depending on which optional pathway you have selected).

Entry requirements

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

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Find out more about Product Design Engineering

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees


£9,250 per year



£13,250 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Apply through UCASApply directly to the University

Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree


The success of our graduates has shown that there is a wealth of career opportunities available to product designers in the UK and abroad. This course will equip you with all the skills and knowledge you need to set out on a career where you can specialise in design for the manufacturing sector.  

Programme leader

Dan Garner

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.


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