Undergraduate study2017

BSc (Hons)

Product Design and Technology

Design School

Year of entry: 2017

Our Product Design and Technology course takes a technologically innovative approach to the design and creation of beautiful, ingenious, functionally viable products.

  • Additional Award
  • Study Abroad
  • Placement Year
  • Industry Accreditation

BSc (Hons)

Product Design and Technology

Design School

Year of entry: 2017

Our Product Design and Technology course takes a technologically innovative approach to the design and creation of beautiful, ingenious, functionally viable products.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • Ranked 2nd  for Art and Design (The Times Good University Guide 2016)
  • 93% of our graduates in work or further study (2014 graduates)
  • Accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers

The suite of Design programmes at the Loughborough Design School equip students with skills and understanding in the effective development and communication of design ideas, the ergonomics of usability and interaction, product styling, three-dimensional designing, and the production and use of prototypes as a key part of design practice.

The Product Design and Technology BSc develops skills and ability in the development and communication of ideas, ergonomics, interaction, the techniques of planning and costing, product styling, three-dimensional designing, materials and processes, mechanics, electronics, and the production of prototypes and finished artefacts. Exploration of innovative applications of technology is encouraged. Product outcomes for the Design Project in the final year reflect the nature of this programme in equipping students to produce viable working products with commercial potential.

Teaching intertwines an exciting range of practical and theoretical classes to engage you with the principles and practices of industrial design and their technological bases.

Our aim is to help you combine our expert training and support development of your imaginative and creative capabilities, enabling you to prepare for a successful career.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BSc (Hons) DPS / DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich HJ79
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time HJ7X
Course Aims

Year 1 aims to develop your designing and making skills, modelling skills including 2-D sketching and drawing, 3-D physical modelling (e.g. in foam and resistant materials), computer modelling and electronics, mechanics and materials technologies.

Year 2 encourages you to learn further knowledge and skills in research, planning, modelling, building and evaluating. Design projects are undertaken alongside an associated lecture course. Optional modules, chosen in Year 2 and Year 3, allow you to tailor your course to particular interests or specialist areas of design.

In your final year you can undertake a client-based project, a concept design project, a design week and a dissertation on an aspect of design.

The dissertation involves researching appropriate literature, discussing the topic with people in the subject area and gaining first-hand experience of the chosen topic.

The design project may be linked to industry, hospitals, social needs or research. Recent projects have included links with manufacturers of domestic appliances (Morphy Richards, Bosch), communication products (Motorola, Nokia) and transport (Jaguar, Land Rover). Often, projects have been developed from the students’ own ideas.

Graduate destinations

93% of our 2014 graduates are in employment or further study, of those available for work six months after graduation.  92% of those graduates are engaged in graduate level jobs assuring you that studying this course provides you with an expert training to engage with a wide number of industries immediately after graduating.

Possible careers include: consumer product design, marketing, industrial design consultancy, project planning, technical sales, furniture design, CAD/CAM, buying interior/ exhibition design, advertising and display design.

Recent destinations include: Alliance Boots, Apple, Jaguar Land Rover, Marussia F1 Team, Puma, Unilever and Vax

Example graduate positions include: Graduate Manager, Design Consultant, Product Design Engineer, Engineer, Marketing Executive, Technical Packaging Technician, Junior Graphic Designer and Director. 

Course structure

Year 1

Areas studied include design practice, ergonomics and design, prototyping for design, computing for designers, materials and processes for designers, electronics for design, and mechanics for design.

Year 2

Areas studied include design practice, design communication, design and manufacturing, and further electronics and mechanics for design.

Optional placement / study year

Optional salaried professional placement or study abroad.

Final year

Areas studied include universal design, sustainable design, computer aided ergonomics, teaching design and technology, polymer processing and applications, user experience design and a range of options from which students can select.

Take a look at the full list of modules

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: HJ79 BSc (Hons) DPS / DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
ABB from 3 A-Levels including A-Level Physics or Maths, plus grade B in A-Level Design and Technology or Art and Design
SQA AH
AB including either Design and Technology or Art and Design, and either Maths or Physics, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including either 5 in HL Design and Technology or Art and Design, plus 5 in either HL Maths or Physics
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM
Additional
GCSE Maths grade C. All short-listed candidates are invited for interview and presentation of portfolio. Overseas students given option of submitting portfolio electronically

UCAS code: HJ7X BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
ABB from 3 A-Levels including A-Level Physics or Maths, plus grade B in A-Level Design and Technology or Art and Design
SQA AH
AB including either Design and Technology or Art and Design, and either Maths or Physics, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including either 5 in HL Design and Technology or Art and Design, plus 5 in either HL Maths or Physics
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM
Additional
GCSE Maths grade C. All short-listed candidates are invited for interview and presentation of portfolio. Overseas students given option of submitting portfolio electronically

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2017-18

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,250
International Students (Band B course) £19,900

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Additional costs for course

All costs for direct engagement in taught modules are included as part of the tuition fees – this includes materials used in the workshops and safety equipment.

An allowance for costs incurred for individual projects is allocated for year 2 and final year, however from time to time students choose to purchase goods above the value of the School allowance to realise their designs.

In the final year the school contributes £100 to the cost of creating the final year project however our students usually choose to spend around £500 to realise their final year design project.

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

Professional placements

Loughborough has a long history of supporting students with year-long paid work placements in business or industry in the UK or overseas, usually after your second year of study.

It is not compulsory but students gain enormously from the experience and typically, after completing their studies at university, are more likely to progress into high quality graduate employment (Loughborough University First Degree Destination Data (DLHE) 2011).

Successful completion of a placement can lead to the additional award of a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS).

86% of eligible students from this course are on placement or a placement & study abroad combination in the 2015 – 2016 academic year.

Current destinations include – Cambridge Consultants, Pavegen Systems, RGK, Vax, Princess Yachts, Unilever, DCI Artform, Walt Disney, Microsoft and Triumph Motorcycles.

Study abroad

Loughborough University actively encourages students to undertake international study exchanges or work placements overseas.

In the Design School participating students can spend one semester at a university in another country, followed by a 25 week work placement as part of the award of the Diploma for International Studies (DIntS) or alternatively can spend a placement year working with an employer overseas to gain the Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS).

In both cases the opportunity to gain insight into another culture, broaden experience and develop both intellectual and personal maturity, is invaluable.

Department / School Key Information Sets

BSc (Hons) DPS / DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: HJ79

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: HJ7X

Alasdair Scott - Product Design & Technology BSc

Final year student Alasdair Scott talks about his final year project and his experience on our Product Design undergraduate course.

Our students

Georgia B

“Loughborough is considered one of the top universities for design in the industry and I wanted to study somewhere with the best facilities in the UK.”

Milan M

“Perhaps the best thing about the course is that everyone supports each other, because of how the course is structured. It’s a real community”

Georgia B

“Loughborough is considered one of the top universities for design in the industry and I wanted to study somewhere with the best facilities in the UK.”

Milan M

“Perhaps the best thing about the course is that everyone supports each other, because of how the course is structured. It’s a real community”