Why this course?
Product design engineers take basic ideas and turn them into fully functioning products.
This course is designed to help you develop the creative engineering skills necessary to develop products, which not only do what they're intended for, but also look good and offer value for money.
You’ll develop skills in ergonomics, aesthetics and graphic communications alongside those in engineering materials and manufacturing.
Our Product Design courses have common content in Years 1 and 2 so you can transfer between courses until the end of Year 2.
What you’ll study
In addition to the core classes, you can choose from a wide range of elective subjects.
Years 1 & 2
You’ll study the basics of a variety of engineering disciplines, materials, mathematics, design principles and production and management.
Years 3 & 4
You’ll focus upon specialised design topics such as industrial design, mechatronics and computer-aided design (CAD).
You can also develop your own interests through a wide range of optional classes.
In Year 3 you’ll have the option to study in Australia, Canada, North America, Singapore or a European city.
We provide a dynamic and stimulating environment with flexible studio space and modern laboratories.
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as Chartered Engineer.
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as Chartered Engineer.
Integrating Studies 1
This class aims to develop a broad range of knowledge and skill concerned with studentship, professionalism and ICT and a technical working knowledge of product development resources, processes and procedures.
Introduction to Production Engineering and Management
This class is a foundation class that aims to provide you with an overview of industry as well as management theory and practice, emphasising the key role of managers and engineers within organisations. It also aims to provide you with a general appreciation of the types of organisation and range of processes and materials employed in production.
You can choose from:
- How Things Work
- Introduction to French 1A
- Introduction to Italian 1A
- Introduction to Spanish 1A
- Introduction to Business Start-Up
- The Universe & Everything
- Introduction to French 1B
- Introduction to Italian 1B
- Introduction to Spanish1B
- Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice
The aim of this class is to provide continuation of the first year classes, concentrating on techniques appropriate to different phases of the design process including user centred research, conceptual, embodiment and detailed design.
Design and Manufacturing Management
This class aims to provide you with an understanding of the key issues faced by design and project managers in the design and development of new products and services. The class also provides an understanding of the key issues faced by design and manufacturing managers and an awareness of the systematic approaches available for the design and layout of manufacturing systems.
Integrating Studies 2
This class aims to develop the your ability to create appropriate functional prototypes for the purposes of mechanical design and visualisation. To engender an appreciation of different prototyping methods and their application areas.
Production Techniques 1
This class aims to increase the depth of production technology knowledge gained in the first year Introduction to Production and Engineering Management class. It introduces you to primary processes for metal and polymer production, metal cutting theory, secondary manufacturing processes, engineering metrology, and the manufacture of electronic components and products.
Integrating Studies 3
This class aims to develop design and manufacturing project based skills relevant to each of the four undergraduate degree courses, and to provide practice in the application of engineering, manufacture and design principles.
This methods based class aims to develop and enhance your knowledge of the issues, concepts, methodologies and methods involved in product design and development.
Production Techniques 2
This class aims to provide you with a knowledge and understanding of modern and non-traditional manufacturing techniques and with the ability to apply this knowledge to the design of tooling and the selection of the appropriate manufacturing techniques for creating components and products. It also aims to provide you with an understanding of the role of manufacturing processes in converting advanced materials into products, and the ability to carry out computer simulations of some of the primary processes.
Mechatronics Design & Applications
This class aims to provide you with an understanding of the fundamental concepts and methods of mechatronic system design and applications including those in manufacturing industry.
You can choose from:
- Design Emotion & Experience
- Design Interaction
- Innovation Management
- Production & Operations Management
- Vertically Integrated Project
Advanced Design Methods
This class will develop knowledge and understanding of the integration, development and application of design methods. This is in the areas of design for manufacture and assembly, sustainability, cost and design at embodiment and detail design level.
Advanced Product Design & Manufacture
This class aims to introduce design and manufacturing techniques and systems at an advanced level. It enables you to understand the application of advanced product design engineering and manufacturing techniques/systems in product development (in particular in mechatronic systems). This includes developing manufacturing plans for product realisation. It provides opportunities for you to develop technology focused products/systems within the class supervised environment as well as to generate plans for the manufacture of these products/systems for volume production.
Individual Project 1
This class aims to consolidate and develop experience in undertaking a major individual project and develop a good appreciation of professional practice by utilising design, manufacturing and management knowledge acquired during the course and applying it to real life situations. You're to create a working prototype and demonstrate knowledge of specific course related expertise.
Industrial Group Project 1
This class aims to integrate and apply design, manufacturing and management knowledge and skills, acquired in previous years of the course, to an industry based product development project and to develop team project skills.
This class aims to equip you with a critical understanding of Quality Management and Control principles, concepts, tools and techniques. The class also aims to introduce you to statistically plan, design and execute industrial experiments for process understanding and improvement in both manufacturing and service environments.
You can choose from:
- Quality Management
- Industrial Placement 1
- Industrial Placement 2
- Vertically Integrated Project
- Vertically Integrated Project
Assessment methods include unseen exams, oral presentations, log book, research presentation and project reports.
Learning & teaching
Teaching methods include guest lectures, case studies, manufacturing workshops and projects.
Between Years 3 and 4, you can undertake an approved summer industrial placement. You’ll be awarded credits if you successfully complete it.
Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.
AAAB (Maths, and Physics or Engineering Science)
Year 1 entry
Typical entry requirements: ABB
Year 2 entry
ABB (Maths, Physics)
Typical entry requirements: AAA
34 (Maths HL5, Physics HL5)
Art & Design, Design & Manufacture or Graphic Communication at Higher or HL recommended
HNC: Year 1 entry: relevant HNC, A in Graded Unit
HND: Year 2 entry: relevant HND, AAA in Graded Units
We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.
Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.
Find out entry requirements for your country.
Degree preparation course for international students
We offer international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the International Study Centre. To find out more about these courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future.
You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.
Fees & funding
How much will my course cost?
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Rest of UK
Bachelor degrees at Strathclyde will cost £9,250 a year, but the total amount payable will be capped at £27,750 for students on a four-year Bachelors programme. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes – for example MSci, MEng and MPharm – will pay £9,250 for the Masters year.
Course materials & costs
Only recommended textbooks - none of which are compulsory. A number of course textbooks are each ordered for the library. Students tend to use website links and academic journals.
Placement & field trips
- Third year European international trip (optional) - £250
- Third year Erasmus (optional)
Basic costs are covered by awards - but students will have to fund part of the exchange. Costs vary dependent on location.
Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.
How can I fund my studies?
Students from Scotland and the EU
If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.
For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.
Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland
We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales
Many companies return year-on-year to recruit from our department.
Product design engineers have the opportunity for careers as design engineers, process engineers, CAD engineers or teachers.
Some of our graduates go onto graduate trainee programmes with companies such as Diageo, Accenture, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Rolls-Royce and Jaguar.
How much will I earn?
The average salary for a production engineer is £27,000.*
Recent job titles include:
- Graduate Process Engineer
- Product Engineer
- Project Engineer
*Information is intended only as a guide.