New for September 2019: As part of our commitment to improving student experience we are continually enhancing and reviewing our courses. Changes are being made to this course to reflect the evolving nature of the industry and to keep the course in line with industry standards. Curriculum changes proposed will ensure that we equip our graduates with the prerequisite skills and subject knowledge to be successful in their careers. To find out more get in touch with our programme leaders or attend an open day. This webpage will be updated as changes are made to the programme.
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.
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 year 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.
Are you a creative thinker with a real interest in the technical design of products and how they actually work? This course puts you on the pathway to careers where you can unleash your ideas and specialise in design for the manufacturing sector.
- Gain recognition from the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) as a Registered Product Designer (RProdDes) when you graduate: your first step on the pathway to Chartership
- Benefit from the focused support of dedicated and enthusiastic course tutors – thanks to our relatively small class sizes
- Tailor your learning to your individual needs and interests, with optional pathways in either sustainability or materials and manufacturing
- Work on industry-sponsored assignments underpinned by our strong links with employers
- Take the opportunity to go on an optional work placement
- Enjoy classes co-taught with BA (Hons) Product Design and BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering students, exposing you to principles and concepts which broaden your experience and give you the ideal preparation for design roles in manufacturing
- Extend your design perspectives with exciting extracurricular activities such as commercial projects, University-funded research initiatives and involvement in challenges like Formula Student
- Showcase your talent: every year we select graduates to exhibit work at New Designers in London, an excellent opportunity to network and make vital industry contacts
- Boost your employability – we are ranked 15th highest among all UK universities and 12th for English institutions, with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree: (HESA 2016)
If you have the potential and ambition to study with us, but feel you’re not quite ready to join the BSc (Hons) Product Design Engineering right now, why not consider taking this course with a foundation year?
You will study modules such as:
- Applied Scientific Methods
- Context: Being a Product Designer
- Product Design Studies
- Computed Aided Product Design
- 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
- Advanced Manufacturing Technologies and Systems
- Design Management and Personal Development Planning
- Major Project Research
- Major Project
- Advanced Engineering Materials and Applications
- Advanced Eco Design
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).
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
At least a C in Maths at A-level (or equivalent qualification), and at least one other Science or Technology A-level
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DMM
- Access to HE Diploma - 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
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.
How to apply
Apply by 15 January to start in September
Need help applying? Find out how we can help you with your UCAS application
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.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
† Additional information about your studies
Download programme specification
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
- Use of workshop resources
- 3D imaging software
- Basic materials such as MDF, plastics, glue etc
- Field trips
- Participation in Degree Show and New Designers London exhibition
- Participation in competitions and live projects
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Equipment, approximately £120
- Workshop materials, approximately £400
- Drawing materials/media, approximately £125
- Industry visits (2 over the course) approximately £60
- Printing, approximately £425
Optional costs not included in your fees
Not required but useful:
- personal computer, approximately £400
- and / or tablet computer, approximately £400
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.