Undergraduate study2017

MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons)

Product Design Engineering

School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Year of entry: 2017

The fundamental principle of our IMechE/IED/IET accredited courses are that good designers have a broad range of skills, from creative and aesthetic awareness, through design engineering and communication, to manufacturing understanding and analysis.

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MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons)

Product Design Engineering

School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Year of entry: 2017

The fundamental principle of our IMechE/IED/IET accredited courses are that good designers have a broad range of skills, from creative and aesthetic awareness, through design engineering and communication, to manufacturing understanding and analysis.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • Ranked 6th  for Mechanical Engineering (The Times Good University Guide 2016)
  • 3rd in the UK  for student satisfaction (NSS 2015)
  • 97% of graduates in work or further study (2014 graduates)
  • Awarded the 2013 Queen’s Anniversary Prize  for High Value Manufacturing

The rapid evolution of products is key to the global economy. Products change functionally and aesthetically, hence the key ingredient for any product’s success is the skill of the Product Design Engineers.

Product Design Engineers have the challenging task of combining creative, aesthetic and technical design skills, with a background of engineering science. It is important that they are able to design a new product that satisfies the original functional specification and is appealing to the potential market. Furthermore, understanding the operating principles of manufacturing processes and technologies, is critical to allowing quality products to be designed and realised in the right quantities, to an appropriate level of quality, and at the right price.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
MEng (Hons) DIS 5 years full-time sandwich HHD7
MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time HHC7
BEng (Hons) DIS 4 years full-time sandwich H715
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time HH1R
MEng (Hons)

The fundamental principle of the IMechE/IED/IET accredited Product Design Engineering degree courses are that good designers have a broad range of skills, from creative and aesthetic awareness, through design engineering and communication, to manufacturing understanding and analysis.

It is essential that the graduate Product Design Engineers are both able to design new products that satisfy the original design functional and aesthetic specifications, but are also able to identify the most appropriate manufacturing route for the production quality, quantity and cost profile required.

Through the provision of the only IMechE/IED/IET engineering accredited MEng and BEng courses in the country, we provide students with the ability to design, manufacture and test fully functioning design solutions, using Siemens NX8 3D Computer Aided Engineering design environments, state of the art, Additive Manufacturing facilities, industry standard machine tool systems, manufacturing processes, and sub-micrometre accuracy measurement equipment. These courses give you the benefit of professional engineering and/or professional design career routes.

The MEng courses are aimed at the most ambitious of students who wish to develop high-flying careers within different industrial sectors and to become the future leaders of industry in companies concerned with the design and manufacture of consumer and industrial products.

On completion of these courses, students should have acquired a substantial technical depth in core product design and manufacturing technology, have a good breadth in related disciplines and have developed highly effective transferable skills. The MEng courses provide the preferred route to achieving Chartered Engineer status, and a direct route to further postgraduate design and engineering studies.

These courses of four academic years allow high calibre Product Design Engineering students to develop their understanding of the role of product design engineering in both product and production development.

The first two academic years are similar to the BEng structure. The MEng structure is distinct from the BEng courses in the third and fourth academic years, providing broadening and deepening of the design and engineering learning experience.

It enables further development of the technical aspects and addresses the strategic and managerial challenge facing the implementation of new professional approaches in industry.

During the fourth academic year, MEng students from different degree courses are brought together in multi-disciplinary teams for a range of year long projects, to solve challenging industrially based problems at a number of different host companies.

BEng (Hons)

The IMechE/IED/IET accredited BEng courses aim to provide graduates who can play a substantial role in companies concerned with the design and manufacture of consumer products.

On completion of the courses, students should have acquired a good understanding of the design, analytical and manufacturing skills necessary to effectively develop new products. The courses provide an excellent foundation for graduates wishing to progress to professional engineering status.

The courses are broad based and cover a range of both product design and manufacture topics, as well as an element of traditional engineering subject. Throughout the three academic years of the courses, skills are developed across all of these areas.

By combining a thorough design education with a sound manufacturing engineering base, our graduates are ideally placed to conceive and develop innovative designs and turn them into manufacturing reality and profitable products.

Professional recognition

The BEng and MEng courses are fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and by the Institution of Engineering Designers.

Assessment

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, practical work, seminars and extensive project work. The emphasis is placed on increasing your independence and encouraging you to develop your study skills while taking part in group activities.

Lecture based modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and formal examinations taken at the end of each semester. Project module assessments require written reports and technical presentations, preparing you for your subsequent career.

In their final year, MEng students prepare an individual and a group project. The proportion of coursework assessment is approximately 30% to 50% depending on degree course, semester/year and optional modules.

International study

All students on the MEng courses have the opportunity to study abroad in their third or final academic year. If suitable for international study then this will lead to the award of a Diploma in International Studies (DIntS). A network of engineering departments from around 30 institutions throughout Europe cooperate in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Sponsorships and scholarships

All of our courses have an established reputation with employers in industry. Companies, therefore, target the School with sandwich year opportunities and a number of companies offer sponsorship, for which there is intense competition. Students seeking sponsorship are urged to consult publications such as CRAC and Engineering Opportunities.

Competitive scholarships are also awarded. These may be based on intake qualifications and/or progress through the first year of any of the degree courses.

Students studying Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering degree courses, and intending to take up a career in the Armed Forces or Civil Service, may be eligible for financial support under the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduate destinations include: Bosch, Coca-cola Enterprises, Cooper Industries, Dyson, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Schlumberger Russia, Semcon, Siemens and Triumph Motorcycles.

STEMLab - new £17m facilities opening 2017

STEMLab is a state-of-the-art laboratory facility arriving for our students in 2017. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, the home of our Engineering Schools, which includes an adjacent student learning and teaching hub. 

STEMLab allows us to offer new ways to learn and collaborate, with a ‘drop-in’ engineering workshop, teaching laboratories, workshops, computer-aided design and rapid prototyping facilities, a design studio and informal learning spaces. 

These enhanced facilities will further increase our ability to train and develop skilled graduates that are targeted by major employers from across the world. 

Find out more about our new facility

Course structure

Years 1 and 2
  • Application of Product Design
  • Electrical and Electronic Technology 
  • Engineering Computing
  • Engineering Product Design
  • Engineering Sciences 
  • Industrial Design
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Manufacturing Design 
  • Manufacturing Processes and Materials
  • Manufacturing Technology 
  • Mathematics
  • Product Design (Ergonomics and Visualisation)
Optional placement / study year

Optional salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.

Final year BEng (Hons)

The final academic year of the BEng course is structured around an individual project together with a set of Product Design core subjects and a selection of additional optional subjects.

Year 4/Final year MEng (Hons)

Year 3 and the final academic year of the MEng courses are structured around an individual project and a Professional Development Group Project respectively, together with a Product Design and Design Management core. Further modules are chosen from the selection of additional optional subjects, with the opportunity to include modules from other courses within the University during Year 3 and the final
academic year.

Years 3/4 and 4/5

Compulsory modules

  • Business Systems
  • Engineering Management
  • Individual Project
  • Manufacturing for the Environment
  • Product Design
  • Project Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Sustainable Product Design

Optional subjects

The following example optional subjects support the BEng and MEng courses:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Technology  
  • Computer Aided Design  
  • Design for Assembly  
  • Global Business Strategy and Systems
  • Healthcare Engineering  
  • Management of Human Resources  
  • Manufacturing Planning and Control
  • Metrology  
  • Operations and Distribution Management  
  • Polymer Engineering  
  • Product Lifecycle Management  
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Reverse Engineering  
  • Robotics, Automation and Control
  • Sports Engineering  

Entry requirements

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

UCAS code: HHD7 MEng (Hons) DIS 5 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAA including Maths and either Physics, Design and Technology or Engineering. 
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AA in Maths and Physics, plus Highers at AAB in three other subjects
IB
37 points minimum with 6,6,6 at HL including Maths and either Physics or Design & Technology
Other
D*D*D* overall profile, with Distinctions in; Maths for Eng Techs and Further Maths for Techs., plus Grade A Maths A-level
Additional

UCAS code: HHC7 MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

A-Level
AAA including Maths and either Physics, Design and Technology or Engineering. 
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AA in Maths and Physics, plus Highers at AAB in three other subjects
IB
37 points minimum with 6,6,6 at HL including Maths and either Physics or Design & Technology
Other
D*D*D* overall profile, with Distinctions in; Maths for Eng Techs and Further Maths for Techs., plus Grade A Maths A-level
Additional

UCAS code: H715 BEng (Hons) DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
ABB including Maths and either Physics, Design and Technology or Engineering at A2 or Physics and Design and Technology at A2 with Maths AS level Grade A
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
BB in Maths and Physics, plus Highers at ABB in three other subjects
IB
34 points minimum with 6,5,5 at HL including Maths and either Physics or Design & Technology
Other
D*DD overall profile, with Distinctions in; Maths for Eng Techs and Further Maths for Techs., plus Grade B Maths A-level
Additional

UCAS code: HH1R BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
ABB including Maths and either Physics, Design and Technology or Engineering at A2 or Physics and Design and Technology at A2 with Maths AS level Grade A
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
BB in Maths and Physics, plus Highers at ABB in three other subjects
IB
34 points minimum with 6,5,5 at HL including Maths and either Physics or Design & Technology
Other
D*DD overall profile, with Distinctions in; Maths for Eng Techs and Further Maths for Techs., plus Grade B Maths A-level
Additional

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 2016-17

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,000
International Students (Band B course) £18,950

Course fees for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as they are available.

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.

 

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

Industrial training

We are the UK’s number one university for engineering placements sending over 45% more students on placement than any other university (2013 HESA student record).

If you choose to follow a BEng or MEng sandwich course, you will complete a full year of assessed IMechE accredited industrial training between years 2 and 3 of your academic studies, leading to the additional award of Loughborough’s highly respected Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS).

We are notified of vacancies and opportunities throughout the academic year, and we provide support and help for you to gain a suitable placement.

Students work in a variety of organisations including automotive, aerospace, electronics, consumer goods, computer software and food processing industries. Your role might be as a designer, manufacturing engineer or as a plant engineer, in research or development, or in several of these areas within one company.

Recent placement students have worked for virtually every major engineering company in the UK including; Toyota, Triumph, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, BP, Tata Steel, DERA, Vauxhall, The Boots Co. plc, Eurotherm Drives Ltd, 3M Healthcare, Schlumberger and TRW Lucas Aerospace.

Placement year with Triumph

Robert Manley, an undergraduate student from the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, gives an insight into his industrial placement year with Triumph Motorcycles

Department / School Key Information Sets

MEng (Hons) DIS 5 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: HHD7

MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: HHC7

BEng (Hons) DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: H715

BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: HH1R

Our students

Gurpreet G

“I chose to study Mechanical Engineering because I wasn’t sure what type of engineering I wanted to go into and the course gave me the opportunity to explore lots of different types of engineering within the degree.”

Kathryn F

“I completed my placement at Jaguar Land Rover. It helped me to apply what I learnt at university in an industrial environment and to return with a better understanding of the industry.”

Rob N

“Loughborough is a big advocate for placements and working for a company in the real world. I was lucky enough to spend my placement year working in America for the golf company PING.”

Gurpreet G

“I chose to study Mechanical Engineering because I wasn’t sure what type of engineering I wanted to go into and the course gave me the opportunity to explore lots of different types of engineering within the degree.”

Kathryn F

“I completed my placement at Jaguar Land Rover. It helped me to apply what I learnt at university in an industrial environment and to return with a better understanding of the industry.”

Rob N

“Loughborough is a big advocate for placements and working for a company in the real world. I was lucky enough to spend my placement year working in America for the golf company PING.”