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, optimised and sustainable technical products for the 21st century. This course develops the technical, personal, interpersonal and professional skills necessary to do that. It is a variant of the Mechanical Engineering degree, which focuses on design process methodology, materials, manufacturing and analysis.
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.
Both the BEng and MEng degrees are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
The School has strong links with both local and international engineering employers and has longstanding relationships with companies such as Spirit AeroSystems, Leckey, Munster Simms Engineering, Sensata, HeartSine (Stryker), Caterpillar, Jaguar Land Rover, Lotus, and Rolls Royce.
The curriculum is heavily informed by industry representatives who sit on an advisory board within the School.
Students have the opportunity to gain a place on the Engineering Leadership Programme and a range of Employability Development Workshops.
The School actively encourages one-year work placements, offering preparation through its Employability Programme and support through its dedicated placement officer. You can spend up to 12 months getting hands-on experience in a real engineering environment with a relevant company. Students have gained work placements with organisations such as Glen Dimplex, Dyson, Lotus, Survitec, Collins Aerospace, Terex, Leckey, Seven Technologies Group, Whale, JLR, Randox, Andor, Kingspan, Nacco, Intel and Accenture. Students also have the opportunity to work or study outside the UK through programmes such as IAESTE, 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. For 2021-22 and beyond, the UK government will have to negotiate participation in the Erasmus programme, as part of the broader Brexit negotiations.
The School has a wide range of experimental facilities to support structures, materials and manufacturing teaching.
The School also has a range of flexible teaching spaces to support its project-based and collaborative learning strategies.
Internationally Renowned Experts
The School has an international reputation for its contributions to the development of engineering education by playing a leading role in the CDIO initiative
Teaching is carried out in the context of conceiving, designing, implementing and operating products or systems; hence better-preparing graduates for professional practice.
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.
In 2017, 18 and 19 students from our School were the winners of the UK National Undergraduate Employability awards category of 'Best Student Contribution to a Small/Medium Enterprise' for their placement year work.
Since 2012 over 10% of the 35 annual Royal Academy of Engineering Leaders Scholarships awarded across the UK have gone to students from our School.