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Industrial Design degrees in the UK

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Digital Design with a Year in Industry BSc (Hons)

University of Kent United Kingdom

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Industrial Design and Technology BA (Hons)

Loughborough University United Kingdom

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Industrial Design BA, MDes

Brunel University London United Kingdom

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Product and Industrial Design BA (Hons)

University of Hertfordshire (UH) United Kingdom

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Design for Industry (Design for Digital Media) Other UG Award

Robert Gordon University United Kingdom

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Design for Industry BA (Hons)

Northumbria University Newcastle United Kingdom

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Product Design (with an industrial placement year) BSc (Hons)

University of Sussex United Kingdom

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Mechanical Systems and Design Engineering (HH37) BEng (Hons)

University of Liverpool United Kingdom

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Games Design and Production with Industry Placement BSc (Hons)

University of Salford United Kingdom

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Jewellery and Silversmithing Design for Industry (Top Up) BA (Hons)

Birmingham City University United Kingdom

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BA (Hons) Fashion Communication & Industry Practice BA (Hons)

Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design United Kingdom

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Materials and Design with Industrial Experience BEng (Hons), MEng (Hons)

Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) United Kingdom

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Mechanical Design Engineering MEng (Hons), BEng (Hons)

University of Glasgow United Kingdom

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Study a Industrial Design degree in the UK in 2024

Industrial design is the branch of product design concerned with the process of designing and manufacture of products, normally those aimed at mass production. As an industrial designer, you will be responsible for designing and developing new products. These could include everyday products, mobile applications, as well as more niche products.

Undergraduate

An undergraduate degree in industrial design will develop your foundation knowledge in the area. The modules you study will cover the basic principles and theories of the subject. These modules could include fluid mechanics, engineering mathematics, solids and structures, computer aided design (CAD) techniques, and manufacturing systems.

Your degree will be delivered through a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as incorporating practical, design studio based sessions, and potential field trips. You may also be presented with the opportunity to take part in a work placement year or module.

Postgraduate

A postgraduate degree in industrial design will allow you to develop your skills and knowledge of the design process, as well as how products are manufactured. The modules you study will cover more of the specialist and complex areas of industrial design. These modules could include design research, digital fabrication, advanced CAD, 3D design skills, and ergonomics in industrial design.

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. This specialisation can influence the area in which you choose to work after your studies. It can also help you to decide what topic you wish to complete your dissertation or final design project on. Common specialisations include:

  • Design Management
  • Engineering Design
  • Design Communication
  • Consumer Needs
  • Structural Materials
  • Sustainable Industrial Design

The accreditation of your degree will depend on where you choose to study. It will also be influenced by your level of study. At undergraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Design (BDes), a Bachelor of Arts (BA), or a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng). At postgraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Master of Design (MDes), a Master of Arts (MA), or Master of Engineering (MEng). If you choose to study for a research postgraduate degree, you will be awarded a Master of Research (MRes), a Master of Philosophy (MPhil), or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Depending on your institution, your course may also be accredited by a professional or academic body. For example in the UK, courses may be accredited by the Institute of Engineering Designers (IED).

Generally, an undergraduate degree will take three to four years to complete. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years when studied full-time. A postgraduate degree will normally take one to two years. If your course includes a placement, this will usually add another year onto your studies.

Some institutions might offer part-time study options. Studying for a degree part-time normally means that your course will last anywhere between three and eight years, with some universities offering more flexible study options.

Graduates of an industrial design degree will find that there are many career opportunities available to them. You will be able to pursue a career in a wide range of fields, both related and unrelated to industrial design. You could choose to work as an industrial designer, a CAD designer, or a product designer. Alternatively, you might wish to work as a design consultant, allowing you to be self-employed and have varied projects.

You will have gained a range of useful and transferable skills throughout your degree. These could include project management, problem solving, and effective communication.

An undergraduate degree in industrial design will develop your foundation of knowledge in the area. The modules you study will cover the basic principles and theories of the subject. These modules could include fluid mechanics, engineering mathematics, solids and structures, computer aided design (CAD) techniques, and manufacturing systems.

Your degree will be delivered through a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as incorporating practical, design studio based sessions, and potential field trips. You may also be presented with the opportunity to take part in a work placement year or module.

Study in the UK

The UK is a popular destination for international students who want to study abroad. With a wide range of universities offering a variety of courses, there are so many opportunities that students might not be able to find elsewhere. Each university will pride itself on offering high quality education from leading teaching professionals. A qualification gained in the UK will be well regarded across the globe, making an education in the UK a great investment in your future. As well as this, there are many highly ranked universities in the UK, around 17 of which are consistently appearing in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings.

See our detailed guide to studying in the UK for international students.

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