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The award
BSc

How long you will study
3 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About Product Design at Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Leeds

Product Design touches every aspect of modern life, and there is growing demand from industry for students who are both creative and technically literate.

This multidisciplinary course bridges the gap between arts and engineering-led courses. It offers an even balance of art and technology, allowing you to explore the links between the two. You'll gain the broad base of skills to work with designers from both arts and engineering backgrounds to see a product development process through from initial concept to detail and production development.

You'll study at a university with an international reputation for design and innovation across many disciplines. All of our staff are experienced product designers or active researchers in related fields, which means that you'll benefit from cutting-edge learning and teaching - and our strong links with industry ensure that course materials meet the needs of the sector.

You can choose to take either the four-year Integrated Masters (MDes, BDes) or the three-year Bachelor's (BDes) degree on this course.

As a design course based in the School of Mechanical Engineering, this degree will give you access to our computing and prototyping facilities, as well as the technical expertise of our staff. Our design studio is equipped with the latest design software such as SolidWorks, and the Adobe Creative Suite, and our model-making facilities include forming, laser cutting, foam model sculpting and CNC routing.

In addition, you'll have access to a 3D printing system that allows you to convert your ideas into physical prototypes to test for form, fit and function, allowing you greater freedom in designing and customising products.

  • Course content

    During the first two years, the course is divided into the following three broad subject areas:

    Approximately half of Years 3 and 4 is dedicated to major design projects, which fall into thematic areas such as intelligent homes, medical devices and packaging. These are supported by a range of modules on topics such as manufacturing processes and user-centred design.

    You'll develop a project from market need, through design generation and evaluation to a working prototype. As well as a technical understanding, you'll gain the planning, time management, presentation and report writing skills that are in demand from employers.

    At the end of the project you'll showcase your work at our annual Product Design degree showcase. Find out more about project work.

    Find out more about our Projects

    You'll study engineering ethics as part of your course, with lectures and/or seminars in each year of your study. Visit our engineering ethics webpage to find out more.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Entry requirements, fees and applying

      Entry requirements

      A-level: AAA excluding General Studies, preferably including an Art and Design-related A-level such as Design, Design Technology or Art and Design, and including a minimum grade B Mathematics and Science at GCSE or equivalent (where an A-level in Mathematics or Science isn't taken).

      Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.

      Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.

      Extended Project Qualification - Whilst we recognise the value, effort and enthusiasm applicants make in the Extended Project, we do not currently include this as part of our offer making. We do however encourage you to provide further information on your project in your personal statement and if invited, at interview.

      GCSE: English Language at grade C or above (or an appropriate English language qualification), plus grade B in Mathematics and Science.

      • Career opportunities

        Graduates can expect excellent career prospects, ranging from employment opportunities with manufacturers with in-house design departments to design consultancies.

        Other employers will be interested in skills and abilities developed throughout the course, such as communication skills and the ability to critically analyse and produce creative solutions to problems. Therefore, graduates will also be well placed to pursue and develop careers in marketing, advertising and management consultancy.

        Our graduates have gone on to work in roles such as visual designers, graphic designers, products engineers, prototyping technicians, design engineers and creative designers among others. Recent graduate destinations include: Tesla, Reckitt Benkiser, Proctor & Gamble, IBM, Disney, Dyson & Unilever.

        To gain employment in the design industry, it is important that you are able to present your work in the form of a portfolio. You will therefore take a purpose-built career development module where you will put together and critically appraise what is likely to be your first professional portfolio and CV.

        Read our alumni profiles to find out more about where our students are working

        Careers support

        You'll have access to our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, who will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.

        You'll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers. The team also works closely with the University's Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.

        Find out more about careers support and employability

      • Study abroad and work placements

        Study abroad

        On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

        Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

        With the help and support of our faculty Employability Team, you can choose to undertake an industrial placement year at one of the 100+ companies that we work with. If you decide to undertake a placement year this will extend your period of study by 12 months and, on successful completion, you will be awarded the 'industrial' variant in your degree title to demonstrate your added experience to future employers.

        As a BSc student you have the option to undertake the placement between years 2 and 3. MDes, BSc students can choose to do this either between years 2 and 3 or years 3 and 4.

        Find out more about work placements

      • Related courses

        Art and Design BA
        Textile Design BA
        Mechanical Engineering MEng, BEng
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