The Velodrome, Glasgow

BEngSports Engineering

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.

Major projects

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. 

Work placement

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.

Study abroad

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

Student competitions

Students from the department have received recognition for their work from many external bodies including:

  • IED
  • RSA
  • Hammerman
  • Santander


Accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially 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 partially 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 partially 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 & 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.
Technology Concepts
To introduce you to the language of technology and stimulate awareness of the basic ideas, laws and science which underpins technology.
Elective classes

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
  • Images
  • Introduction to French 1B
  • Introduction to Italian 1B
  • Introduction to Spanish1B
  • New Venture Creation
  • Introduction to Forensic Science

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.
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.
Sports Engineering
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.

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.
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:

  • Production and Operations Management
  • Production Techniques 2
  • 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  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.
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:

  • 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.

Summer placement

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

Guest Lectures

Regular guest lectures include:

  • Martin Love, Manager Development Footwear- Football Operations, Adidas
  • Niall MacPhee, Business Development Manager, SportsLabs
  • Jenni Campbell, Footwear Product Developer, Berghaus

Entry requirements

Minimum grades

Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.


AAAB (Maths or Physics or Engineering Science)

A Levels

Year 1 entry


Typical entry requirements: ABB

Year 2 entry

ABB (Maths or Physics or Design & Technology)

Typical entry requirements: AAA

International Baccalaureate

34 (Maths HL5 or Physics HL5)

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


HNC: Year 1 entry: relevant HNC, A in Graded Unit

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 academic entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • 2019/20: TBC

Rest of UK

  • 2019/20: £9,250

Assuming no change in Rest of UK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2017/18, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and Integrated Masters courses); MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on Integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.


  • 2019/20 - £20,050

Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship (FEES) for International Students

If you're applying for an undergraduate course you'll be eligible to apply for a Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship offering up to £4,000 towards your tuition fees for your first year of study and an additional £1,500 for each subsequent year.

The scholarship is available for application to all self-funded, new international (non-EU) fee paying students holding an offer of study for an undergraduate programme in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. Please note you must have an offer of study for a full-time course at Strathclyde before applying.

You must start your full-time undergraduate programme at Strathclyde in the coming academic year (2019-20).

University preparation programme fees

International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

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

You don’t need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we’ll assess your eligibility. Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.

International Students (Non UK, EEA)

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

Available scholarships

We have a wide range of scholarships available. Have a look at our scholarship search to find a scholarship.


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 employment with companies such as:

  • adidas
  • Berghaus
  • active8
  • Sportslabs
  • Nike
  • Hawk-Eye
  • PUMA Group
  • Trespass

How much will I earn?

The average salary for a production engineer is £27,000.*

*Information is intended only as a guide.

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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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