Product Design & Development

UCAS codes

  • H700 -

Course contact

Dr David Towert
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)


  • School of Engineering and Computing

Qualifications and durations

  • BEng - 2 years
  • BEng - 3 years
  • BEng (Sandwich) - 2/3 years


Start date(s)

  • September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

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. The BEng Product Design and Development combines practical and theoretical study with paid work placements, creating exciting career opportunities.

BEng Product Design and Development - University of the West of Scotland

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 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 in roles such as aesthetic design of products, manufacturing and conformity to national and international standards. Graduates may choose to seek employment with a multinational organisation and use their skills in manufacturing overseas. Between year 3 and 4, study may be supplemented by a period of paid work experience gained within industry. 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.

Useful Information

  • Merit Scholarships available. Non-EU applicants who meet or exceed our entry criteria are invited to apply. Applicants who have succeeded despite unusual challenges are particularly encouraged to apply.

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