Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Product Design Engineering

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
MEng (Hons) DIS/DPS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich HHD7 AAA 1 October 2018 21 June 2023
MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time HHC7 AAA 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BEng (Hons) DIS/DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich H715 ABB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time HH1R ABB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021

WINNER

2013 Queen's Anniversary Prize

for high value manufacturing

98%

employed graduates in professional or managerial roles

DLHE 2015

7th

for Mechanical Engineering

£28,000

average starting salary

Product Design Engineering course overview

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.

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 produced in the right quantities, to an appropriate level of quality, and at the right price.

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.

MEng Product Design Engineering

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 NX10 3D Computer Aided Engineering design environments, state of the art, Additive Manufacturing facilities, industry standard CNC 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.

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).

BEng Product Design Engineering

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.

Facilities

The Department is well-equipped for the study of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry with a range of specialist equipment including 400 MHz, 500 MHz and solid-state NMR spectrometers, single crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers, gas and liquid chromatographs, and ion-mobility spectrometers.

Brand new STEMLab

Take a virtual tour of STEMLab, our brand new state-of-the-art laboratory facility. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, the home of our Engineering Schools.

Modules


Years 1 and 2

  • Application of Product Design
  • Electronics and Electrical Technology
  • Engineering Computing
  • Engineering Product Design
  • Engineering Sciences
  • Industrial Design
  • Machine Design
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Manufacturing Design
  • Materials and Manufacturing Processes
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • 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

  • Engineering Management
  • Enterprise Technology
  • Individual Project
  • Product Design
  • Project Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Sustainable Product Design

Optional subjects

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

  • Additive Manufacture
  • Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Technology 
  • Computer Aided Design 
  • Design for Assembly 
  • Healthcare Engineering 
  • Languages
  • Manufacturing Planning and Control
  • Metrology 
  • Polymer Engineering 
  • Product Innovation Management
  • Reverse Engineering 
  • Sports Engineering  

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.


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.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification for BEng and MEng variants.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

HHD7 Product Design Engineering - MEng (Hons) DIS/DPS/DIntS

A-Level
AAA including Mathematics and either Physics, Design and Technology or Engineering
IB
37 (6,6,6 HL) including HL Mathematics and either Physics or Design Technology at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: D*D*D* in a relevant subject, with Distinctions in; Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, and Further Engineering Mathematics, plus A Level Mathematics at grade A
Relevant subjects include Engineering, Manufacturing or Mechanical

HHC7 Product Design Engineering - MEng (Hons)

A-Level
AAA including Mathematics and either Physics, Design and Technology or Engineering
IB
37 (6,6,6 HL) including HL Mathematics and either Physics or Design Technology at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: D*D*D* in a relevant subject, with Distinctions in; Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, and Further Engineering Mathematics, plus A Level Mathematics at grade A
Relevant subjects include Engineering, Manufacturing or Mechanical

H715 Product Design Engineering - BEng (Hons) DIS/DPS/DIntS

A-Level
ABB including Mathematics and either Physics, Design and Technology or Engineering
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL) including HL Mathematics and either Physics or Design Technology at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: D*DD in a relevant subject, with Distinctions in; Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, and Further Engineering Mathematics, plus A Level Mathematics at grade B
Relevant subjects include Engineering, Manufacturing or Mechanical

HH1R Product Design Engineering - BEng (Hons)

A-Level
ABB including Mathematics and either Physics, Design and Technology or Engineering
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL) including HL Mathematics and either Physics or Design Technology at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: D*DD in a relevant subject, with Distinctions in; Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, and Further Engineering Mathematics, plus A Level Mathematics at grade B
Relevant subjects include Engineering, Manufacturing or Mechanical

Selection

Applicants are selected on the basis of their UCAS application. In some cases we may invite applicants for interviews in order to assess academic potential beyond that provided as part of the application. We hope that all applicants would take the opportunity to visit the department, meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Practical Science

Practical Science is required.

Course fees 2018/19

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £20,500

You should plan for inflationary increases to fees in future years of study.

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.

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.

Industrial training and placements

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.

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Course

Product Design Engineering

Department

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Qualifications

MEng (Hons)

Year of Study

3rd

Department / School Key Information Sets

MEng (Hons) DIS/DPS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: HHD7

MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: HHC7

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

UCAS code: H715

BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: HH1R