Product Design & Development

UCAS codes

  • H700 -

Course contact

Dr Bob Bailey
0141 849 4101


  • School of Engineering and Computing

Qualifications and durations

  • BEng - 3 years
  • BEng Hons - 4 years
  • BEng Hons (Sandwich) - 4/5 years


Start date(s)

  • September
Product design and development starts with the identification of a market opportunity followed by the development of initial concepts that culminate in the manufacture, sale and delivery of an end product to the customer. This programme combines practical and theoretical study with paid work placements, creating exciting career opportunities.
  • SQA Advanced Highers: BCC
  • GCE A-Levels: BCC
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points
  • SQA HNC (Grade A) / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Product Design or relevant discipline
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Engineering Systems (+ Maths for Engineering and Engineering Science, or equivalents); Mechanical Engineering
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM
  • SQA HND (Grade B), BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree: Product Design; Integrated Product Design; Mechanical Engineering or relevant discipline 
This degree addresses the product design, development and supply life-cycle by bringing together the core disciplines of marketing, design (industrial and engineering) and manufacture. Strong emphasis is placed on product quality and cost, as well as on the key aspects of the design and development phase, namely project management, cost and time to market. Group and team-working skills are emphasised.

Year 2

Topics include CAD, 3-D modelling, the processes of product design and management issues. You may opt for paid placement at the end of Year 2.

Year 3

Analysis and simulation techniques are applied; the relationship between design and manufacture is investigated; and issues such as marketing principles, product testing, manufacturing systems and design animation are presented. You may opt for paid placement at the end of Year 3.

Year 4 (Honours)

A significant part of Year 4 is dedicated to individual and group projects. The application of computer-aided manufacture, manufacturing simulation and product visualisation are developed utilising industry-standard software. Product design is developed alongside product manufacture.
Product design and development specialisation is increasingly in demand by industrial employers, and graduates find employment in various related disciplines. Graduates may choose to seek employment with a multinational organisation and use their skills in manufacturing overseas. During years 2 and 3, study may be supplemented by periods of paid work experience gained within industry. There is flexibility in the duration of the placement undertaken, but in order to achieve the BEng Honours Sandwich degree students must gain a minimum of 36 weeks’ work experience. Such experience may provide exemption from some of the membership requirements of the relevant professional bodies. Accreditation is being sought from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Useful Information

  • For course availability, check UCAS