Why this course?
Sports engineers design new products and/or improve and measure sports performance.
The course allows you to develop the tools and techniques of product design within sports product development. This includes knowledge of the physiological response of the body when taking part in sports and using sporting equipment.
This course is run by the Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management with significant input from other specialist departments.
You’ll develop skills in aesthetics and graphic communication alongside those in sports science, materials and manufacturing.
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.
You'll undertake an individual sports design project in Year 4. This is conceived, developed and tested by you. You'll also complete an industrial group project in Year 4 with a local sports organisation.
We encourage our students to pursue work placements during the course. Students have undertaken placements at sports companies including Berghaus and Adidas. These normally take place in the summer between Years 3 and 4 but can also be up to one year.
In Year 3 you’ll have the option to study in Australia, Canada, North America, Singapore or a location in Europe.
We provide a dynamic and stimulating environment with flexible studio space, modern laboratories as well as a suite of computer facilities.
You'll have access to equipment such as:
- fused deposition modelling
- 3D printing
- 3 & 4 Axis CNC
- laser cutter/etcher
Students from the department have received recognition for their work from many external bodies including:
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.
Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers 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 & 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.
To introduce you to the language of technology and stimulate awareness of the basic ideas, laws and science which underpins technology.
You can choose from:
- How Things Work
- Introduction to French 1A
- Introduction to Italian 1A
- Introduction to Spanish 1A
- Creativity & Opportunity Recognition
- The Universe & Everything
- Introduction to French 1B
- Introduction to Italian 1B
- Introduction to Spanish1B
- New Venture Creation
- Introduction to Forensic Science
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.
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.
This class aims to enable you to understand both the basic principles of fluid mechanics and materials choice and apply this knowledge to the design and evaluation of the performance of athletes and their equipment.
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.
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:
- Production and Operations Management
- Production Techniques 2
- Vertically Integrated Project
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. Industrial Group Project 1
You'll prepare a working prototype for a sports product or conduct an experiment on an athlete or sports product demonstrating knowledge of specific course related expertise.
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:
- Advanced Design Methods
- Quality Management
- Industrial Placement 1
- Industrial Placement 2
- Vertically Integrated Project
Assessment methods include unseen exams, oral presentations, log book, research presentation and project reports.
Learning & teaching
Teaching methods include guest lecturers, 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.
Regular guest lectures include:
- Martin Love, Manager Development Footwear- Football Operations, Adidas
- Niall MacPhee, Business Development Manager, SportsLabs
- Jenni Campbell, Footwear Product Developer, Berghaus
Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.
AAAB (Maths or Physics or Engineering Science)
Year 1 entry
Typical entry requirements: ABB
Year 2 entry
ABB (Maths or Physics or Design & Technology)
Typical entry requirements: AAA
34 (Maths HL5 or 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
Deferred entry accepted
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
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.
How can I fund my studies?
Some Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Please note that funding is not applicable to all courses. Please contact SAAS to confirm if your particular course is eligible.
Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.
The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees
Many companies return year-on-year to recruit from our department.
Sports engineering graduates have the opportunity for careers as design engineers, process engineers, CAD engineers or teachers.
Some of our graduates go on to graduate trainee programmes with companies such as:
- Procter & Gamble
How much will I earn?
The average salary for a production engineer is £27,000.*
*Information is intended only as a guide.