MSc Engineering Product Design

Engineering product designers at work

There are increasing pressures, from both existing and emerging marketplaces, for products which not only respond to the needs of the user and society, but which can be brought to marketplace ever more rapidly through state-of-the-art development and manufacturing processes. Industries which develop, manufacture and market today's products need highly skilled graduates equipped to handle these pressures and processes along with management skills and creative drive. This programme aims to develop graduates with these skills and to equip individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds with the necessary skills to be a competent engineering product designer.

Key Facts

Course Length:
1 year full-time, 3 years part-time
Start Date: September/October

Scholarships and Bursaries

School of Engineering
Contact Name:
Andrew Thorn
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This programme has been developed to help develop engineers to meet the needs of function, the user and society, but which can be developed and delivered to the market rapidly. The programme examines key areas in product design within an engineering environment. The programme develops students’ skills students in engineering design and analysis, design for manufacture financial and people management while comprehensively developing engineering design skills. The discipline embraces key areas such as Advanced Computer Aided Design and Manufacture and Structural Integrity and Material Evaluation.

Part 1

  • Research Methods
  • Leadership, Product Development and Innovation
  • Management of Financial and Human Resources
  • Design for Manufacture
  • Advanced Computer Aided Design & Manufacture
  • Engineering Design & Analysis
  • Structural Integrity & Material Evaluation

Part 2

  • Major Project

Assessment used within this programme is usually formative or summative. Assessments are designed to develop students’ ability to practice a wide range of tools and techniques and to see the strategic implications of decisions and problems. These typically take the form of case studies, research and critical evaluation exercises and practical work based reports to resolve problems, develop a purchasing or quality strategy, for example. In some modules students are required to present their research/findings to their lecturer’s and peers followed by a question and answer session. Such assessment strategies are utilised by the course team to generate student driven work.

An Honours degree 2.2 or above classification in an appropriate discipline. The nature of the programme is such that candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds will be considered.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered for entry onto the programme. For example, a candidate with a good HND, together with at least five years relevant experience would be considered. The candidate would be expected to provide evidence to support his/her application. Our offers are not solely based on academic results. We will take your skills, achievements and work experience into consideration. Evidence of personal professional and educational experience will be sought, to provide indicators of the ability of an individual to satisfy the requirements of the programme.

This programme provides graduates with a wide range of professional skills and competencies that are transferrable within business sectors and from sector to sector. Oral and written skills are developed enabling individuals to grow in confidence through the programme of study. Typical career opportunities are project manager, asset management, engineering manager, product development and launch manager. Most of our graduates have been able to find employment and further their careers. Project management is seen as a valuable skill and asset that facilitates a strong company performance.

It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.

Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as major project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade.

The School of Engineering Manufacturing and Logistics prides itself on providing a supportive and friendly learning environment enhanced by the excellent industrial experience of the programme team, many of whom have experience in industry at a senior level. This knowledge and experience has enabled all of our graduates to obtain an excellent grounding in the subject area which they have attributed to a caring and dedicated programme team. Class sizes are generally around 25 students which creates an environment where students can foster ideas and discuss issues that they have in common with their fellow students.

Our extensive engagement with employers and professional institutions means we are able to enhance our graduates employment and career prospects. Our vision for students is to create an environment that will enable then to achieve highly and enhance their career prospects and earning potential.