Product Design Engineering (MEng)

Queen's University Belfast the United Kingdom

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The award
MEng

How long you will study
5 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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All study options

About Product Design Engineering at Queen's University Belfast

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 process 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.

Product Design Engineering Degree highlights

We put emphasis on hands on, project based learning, and invest heavily in our state-of-the-art facilities and flexible project spaces to support this activity.

Global Opportunities

  • Students have the opportunity to work or study outside the UK through the IAESTE, Erasmus, Study Abroad and Study USA programmes. In recent years students have been placed in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Japan, Malaysia and the USA.

Professional Accreditations

  • BEng and MEng degrees are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Industry Links

  • The School has strong links with both local and international engineering employers, and has longstanding relationships with companies such as Bombardier, Caterpillar, ExxonMobil, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Lotus, McLaren F1, Michelin and Rolls Royce. The curriculum is heavily informed by industry representatives who sit on an advisory board within the School.

Career Development

  • Students are offered an optional Engineering Leadership Programme and a range of Employability Development workshops.
    http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofMechanicalandAerospaceEngineering/Study/CareerSupport/EngineeringLeadershipProgramme/
  • You can spend up to 12 months getting hands on experience of a real engineering environment with a relevant company. Students have gained work placements with organisations such as Airbus UK, Cummins Turbo Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Mercedes Benz High Performance Engines, Nacco Materials Handling Ltd, and Red Bull Technology Ltd. Students also have the opportunity to work or study outside the UK through programmes such as IAESTE, Erasmus, Study Abroad and Study USA. In recent years, students have undertaken placements in companies in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Japan, Malaysia and the USA.

World Class Facilities

  • The School has a wide range of experimental facilities to support aerodynamics, structures, materials and manufacturing teaching. It also operates a flight simulator and runs an annual flight laboratory course.

Student Experience

  • BEng students who demonstrate a high level of performance may be invited to transfer to the equivalent MEng degree at the end of Stage 2.
 

Careers

Career Prospects

Introduction
Graduates have been successful in gaining high-quality jobs in the discipline of product design engineering. The majority are working in manufacturing companies or design consultancies in the UK and Ireland. Their broad skill sets and experience have enabled them to fit in equally well in both small, dynamic companies and larger organisations.

Graduates have secured jobs in a variety of sectors including automotive, domestic appliances, design consultancy, electronics, packaging, materials handling, polymers, renewables, aerospace and medical devices.
Companies employing recent graduates include Glen Dimplex, Dyson, Lotus, Survitec, Rockwell Collins, Terex, Leckey Design, Seven Technologies, Whale, Solmatix, Andor, Kingspan Environmental, Nacco, Intel, Accenture.

Whilst the vast majority of graduates are employed in product design or design engineering, some others have developed careers in other sectors such as management and education.

Alumni Success
Many of our former graduates have risen to the top of their fields and include many famous figures; for example:

Michael McKay: Flight Operations Director for ESA Mars and Lunar Missions, European Space Agency

Michael Ryan: Vice President and General Manager, Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast

Bob Bell: Technical Director of Mercedes GP.

Air Commodore David Case: Royal Air Force.

Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMEngHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study5 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee rates for undergraduate students who first enrol at the University in the academic year 2018-19 have not been agreed. Tuition fees for 2019-20 will be based on 2018-19 levels, normally increased by inflation and these are set out below.

Northern Ireland (NI)£4,160England, Scotland or Wales (GB)£9,250Other (non-UK) EU£4,160International£19,500

Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student's tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Product Design Engineering costs

Year 2 students incur travel costs to Belfast Metropolitan College to attend a compulsory 2nd year module. This will cost in the region of £50 to cover one return bus fare once a week for 12 weeks. Students must also make a payment of £20 in year 2 to cover materials used in Manufacturing Technology 2. Students may wish to buy their own set of specialist pens, £50 and a vernier caliper instrument ranging from £10 - £20. Students undertake a placement in year 3 and are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placement. Students may receive payment from their placement provider during their placement year. Final year students (Year 4 or 5) incur additional accommodation and/or travel costs when undertaking their final year individual project. Students can choose a project either embedded within a local company or at Chalmer's University Sweden. The project duration is 5 months and costs will vary depend on the location of the local project provider. Students opting to go to Chalmer's University Sweden should expect to pay accommodation costs plus travel, bills and subsistence and budget for prices being approximately 25% higher than Northern Ireland. This can be partly offset by receipt of an Erasmus grant valued at €1,750.

How do I fund my study?

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.

Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.

Scholarships

Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

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

Irish leaving certificate requirements
H2H3H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grades H2 and H3 in any order in Mathematics and Physics (preferred), Biology or Chemistry

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.

Access/Foundation Course
Not considered. Applicants should apply for the BEng Product Design Engineering degree.

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.

Further information
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.

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

How we choose our students

Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Once your application has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by a member of administrative staff from the Admissions and Access Service and, if appropriate, the Selector from the School. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

Applicants for the MEng Honours in Product Design Engineering must be able to satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirement; it should be noted that a strong performance at GCSE is essential. For last year's entry, applicants for this MEng programme must have had, or been able to achieve, a minimum of 6 GCSE passes at grade B or better (to include Mathematics and Physics/Double Award Science). Selectors will also check that any specific subject and grade requirements in terms of A-level can be fulfilled (see Entry Requirements).
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Offers are normally made on the basis of 3 A-levels. Applicants repeating A-levels require BBC at the first attempt and offers will be made in terms of A-level grades AA (Mathematics plus a relevant Science) plus grade B. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS are also considered. Applicants are not normally asked to attend for interview.

A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not normally considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking 4 A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.

Applicants offering a relevant BTEC Extended Diplomas will also be considered.

The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those candidates taking a BTEC Extended Diploma and must include both GCSE Mathematics grade B and GCSE Physics grade B/Double Award Science at grade BB or better. A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering (180 credits at Level 3) is required for entry to this degree and must include Level 3 Mathematics for Technicians and Level 3 Further Mathematics for Technicians. Where offers are made, these are currently conditional on successful completion of the Extended Diploma with 160 credits at Distinction and 20 credits at Merit, with Distinctions required in four specified units, including Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mathematics for Technicians.

Applicants offering Higher National Certificates and Higher National Diplomas are not normally considered for MEng entry but, if eligible, will be made a change course offer for the corresponding BEng programme. Subject to satisfactory academic performance during the second year of the BEng course, it may be possible for students to transfer to the MEng programme at the end of Stage 2 depending on performance.

Applicants offering other qualifications, such as a combination of Scottish Advanced Highers and Scottish Highers, the International Baccalaureate or Irish Leaving Certificate (minimum of 6 Highers), will also be considered.

The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

If you are made an offer then you will be invited to an Open Day, which is usually held on a Saturday in late February or early- mid March. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice; the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.

If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions and Access Service here, giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

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 degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: 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.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - FOUNDATION AND INTERNATIONAL YEAR ONE PROGRAMMES

INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

  • Foundation
    The INTO progression course suited to this programme is
    Foundation in Engineering and Science.
  • International Year One
    The INTO progression course suited to this programme is
    http://www.intostudy.com/en-gb/universities/queens-university-belfast/courses/international-year-one-in-mechanical-and-manufacturing-engineering.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

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