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MEngProduct Design Engineering

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 courses have common content in Years 1 and 2 which means 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 & 5

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.

Study abroad

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.

Course content

Year 1

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.
Elective classes

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

Year 2

Design 2
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 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.

Year 3

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.
Product Development
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.
Elective classes
You can choose from:
  • Design Emotion and Experience
  • Design Interaction
  • Innovation Management  
  • Production and Operations Management 
  • Vertically Integrated Project  

Year 4

Advanced Design Methods
This class builds upon the knowledge of Design Methods acquired in DM306. It'll 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 for Xs 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'll create a working prototype for a product to a detailed level 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.
Quality Management
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.
Elective classes

You can choose from:

  • Quality Management
  • Industrial Placement 1
  • Industrial Placement 2
  • Vertically Integrated Project  

Year 5

UG Individual Project 2

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'll demonstrate knowledge of specific course related expertise. You'll create and evaluate a working prototype.

Industrial Group Project 2
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.
Research Studies
This class will develop research skills and acquire an in depth knowledge of a relevant research field.
Industrial Placement 4

This class aims for you to gain experience at undertaking a project within industry and demonstrate an ability to relate theory to practice and vice versa.

Elective classes
You can choose from:
  • Global Design 
  • People, Organisation and Technology
  • Strategic technology Management
  • Product Modelling and Visualisation
  • Systems Integration
  • Supply Chain Operations
  • CAED Systems
  • Management of Total Quality & Continuous Improvement
  • Design Management
  • Information Management
  • 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.

Summer placement

Between Years 3 and 4 and Years 4 and 5, you can undertake an approved summer industrial placement. You’ll be awarded credits if you successfully complete it.

Entry requirements

Minimum grades

Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.


AAAA (Maths, and Physics or Engineering Science) 

A Levels

Year 1 entry


Typical entry requirements: AAB

Year 2 entry

AAB (Maths, Physics) 

Typical entry requirements: A*AA

International Baccalaureate

36 (Maths HL5, Physics HL5) 

A Level Art & Design, or Design & Manufacture/Graphic Communication at Higher or HL recommended


Offers entry to BEng in the first instance (check with department regarding suitability of HNC)

Additional Information

  • Deferred entry accepted

Widening access

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.

International students

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 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.


  • 2017/18 - £1,820

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,250

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.


  • 2017/18 - £18,000

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

Study abroad 

  • 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.

Additional fees 

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
  • Jaguar

How much will I earn?

The average salary for a product design engineer is £27.000.*

*Information is intended only as a guide.

Recent job titles include:

  • Associate Engineer
  • Graduate Design Engineer
  • Intranet Systems Developer
  • Product Development Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Program Leader

Contact us


How to apply – 10 things you need to know

  1. All undergraduate applications are made through UCAS
    Go to the UCAS website to apply – you can apply for up to five courses.
  2. It costs £12 to apply for a course
    The cost is £23 for two to five courses.
  3. The deadline is 15 January each year
    This is the application deadline for most courses. However, please check the details for your particular course. View a full list of UCAS key dates.
  4. You might be asked to attend an interview
    Most of our courses make offers based on the UCAS application. However some might ask you to attend an interview or for a portfolio of work. If this is the case, this will be stated in the prospectus entry requirements.
  5. It’s possible to apply directly to Year 2
    Depending on your qualifications, you might be able to apply directly to Year 2 - or even Year 3 - of a course. Speak to the named contact for your course if you want to discuss this.
  6. There’s three types of decision
    • unconditional – you’ve already met our entry requirements
    • conditional – we’ll offer you a place if you meet certain conditions, usually based on your exams
    • unsuccessful – we’ve decided not to offer you a place
  7. You need to contact UCAS to accept your offer
    Once you’ve decided which course you’d like to accept, you must let UCAS know. You don’t need to decide until you’ve received all offers. UCAS will give you a deadline you must respond by.

    You’ll choose one as your firm choice. If the offer is unconditional or if you meet the conditions, this is the course you’ll study.

    You’ll also have an insurance choice. This is a back-up option if you don’t meet the conditions of your first choice.
  8. You don’t need to send us your exam results (Scotland, England & Wales)
    If you’re studying in Scotland, England or Wales, we receive a copy of your Higher/Advanced Higher/A Level results directly from the awarding body. However, if you are studying a different qualification, then please contact us to arrange to send your results directly.
  9. We welcome applications from international students

    Find out further information about our entry and English language requirements.

    International students who don’t meet the entry requirements, can apply for our pre-undergraduate programmes.

    There’s also an online application form.

    For further information:
  10. Here’s a really useful video to help you apply

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