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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MEng (Hons) Product Design Engineering (Students undertaking Part D in 2018)

Academic Year: 2018/19

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

Institution of Engineering Designers (IED)

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Final award MEng/ MEng+DIS/ MEng+DPS/MEng+DInts
Programme title Product Design Engineering
Programme code WSUM02
Length of programme The duration of the programme is 8 semesters, or 10 semesters if students undertake the additional period of study, normally between Parts B and C, leading to the award of the Diploma in Industrial Studies, the Diploma of International Studies, or the Diploma of Professional Studies.
UCAS code HHC7, HHD7
Admissions criteria


Date at which the programme specification was published Mon, 10 Sep 2018 16:33:59 BST

1. Programme Aims

This programme aims to bridge the disciplines of mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering and product design.  To provide design content which is  applicable to products, processes and systems.

  • To deliver in-depth knowledge and understanding of key aspects of engineering science, manufacturing engineering, innovation and appropriate management techniques.
  • To provide opportunities for students to develop appropriate design and project engineering skills, including dealing with open-ended problems and elements of uncertainty and risk.
  • To develop the ability to solve a broad range of engineering problems, some complex and novel, using contemporary ideas and techniques.
  • To enable students to manage their own learning, communicate effectively and make use of primary source materials.
  • To put human and project management theory into practice through team-working and opportunities for leadership experience.
  • To provide insight into engineering practice and commercial aspects of engineering and design.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) – ‘Subject Benchmark Statement for Engineering’, (Feb.2015). 

  • Engineering Council (UK). ‘UK-SPEC, UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence’, 3rd Edition, Jan.2014. 

  • Engineering Council (UK). ‘The Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes’, 3rd Edition, May 2014. 

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the underpinning science, mathematics and other disciplines associated with careers related to product design engineering;
  • engineering principles, quantitative methods, mathematical and computer models;
  • the design processes and methodologies and the ability to manage a design project;
  • codes of practice, industry standards and quality issues, including new developments and limitations, as applicable to a product design engineering career;
  • intellectual property issues and of environmental, legal and ethical issues within the modern industrial world;
  • developing technologies in two areas of specialisation and an understanding of the broad range of concepts necessary for effective product design and manufacture;
  • management and business practices appropriate for a career in product design engineering and an understanding of the commercial and economic context and drivers of the engineering business;
  • the characteristics of engineering materials, equipment and processes and mechanical workshop practices.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

The MEng graduate will be able to use such knowledge and understanding in a creative way and be able to:

  • identify and define a design engineering problem in unfamiliar situations and generate innovative solutions:
  • apply and adapt appropriate methods to model such solutions and assess the limitations of each method;
  • analyse engineering solutions using contemporary computer-based systems and appreciate their limitations;
  • investigate new and emerging technologies using fundamental knowledge;
  • analyse, objectively evaluate and apply the principles of industrial design, engineering design and manufacturing design to product design and development;
  • extract, from given data, that which is pertinent to an unfamiliar problem and make use of it in finding a solution;
  • select appropriate data from a range of possible data sets and present them in alternative forms to create deeper understanding and/or greater impact;
  • integrate knowledge from all aspects of the programme, applying understanding to novel and challenging situations, while being aware of the limitations of solutions;
  • generate an innovative design for systems, components or processes to fulfil new needs.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • manage and lead the design process taking account of customer constraints such as cost, health and safety, risk and environmental issues;
  • apply engineering techniques taking account of a range of commercial and industrial constraints;
  • communicate product design ideas through the presentation of concept drawings, computer visualisations and conventional sketching;
  • prepare engineering drawings, computer visualisations and technical reports and give technically competent oral presentations;
  • research information and use new methods required for novel situations;
  • use appropriate computer software and laboratory equipment;
  • recognise the capabilities and limitations of computer based methods for engineering problem solving.
  • demonstrate advanced organisational and management skills.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate a high level of numeracy;
  • apply creative and structured approaches to problem solving;
  • communicate effectively through written, graphical, interpersonal and presentation skills;
  • design and implement computer-based information systems;
  • work independently;
  • work in and lead a team;
  • organise and manage time and resources effectively;
  • learn new theories, concepts, methods etc. in an unfamiliar situation outside the discipline area.

4. Programme structure

4.1    Part A - Introductory Modules


Code Title Weight Semester C/O
MAA306 Mathematics for Manufacturing Engineering 20 1+2 C
MMA102 Engineering Science 1 20 1+2 C
MMA401 Product Design (Ergonomics & Visualisation) 20 1+2 C
MMA604 Materials and Manufacturing Processes 20 1+2 C
MMA400 Manufacturing Design 1 10 1 C
MMA501 Integrating Studies 1a 10 1 C
MMA504 Integrating Studies 1b 10 2 C
MMA900 Electronic and Electrical Technology 1 10 2 C


4.2    Part B - Degree Modules 


Code Title Weight Semester C/O
MMB501 Inegrating Studies 20 1+2 C
MMB504 Application of Product Design 20 1+2 C
MMB112 Engineering Science 2 10 1 C
MMB310 Engineering and Management Modelling 10 1 C
MMB400 Industrial Design 10 1 C
MMB610 Manufacturing Technology 10 1 C
MMA210 Manufacturing Management 10 2 C
MMB301 Software Engineering 10 2 C
MMB413 Machine Design 10 2 C
MAB206 Statistics 10 2 C


4.3    Part I – Optional Placement Year 


Code Title
WSI010 DIS Industrial Placement (non-credit bearing)
WSI020 DPS Industrial Placement (non-credit bearing)
WSI035 DIntS Industrial Placement (non-credit bearing)


In order to be considered for the award of DIS or DPS students will need to complete a minimum of 45 weeks in an approved placement and meet the specified report submission for the award.  In order to be considered for the award if DIntS students will need to complete 45 weeks approved overseas placement.  This may be industrial or academic study or a combination of the two.  Students should note that consideration of these awards is only on successful completion of their degree programme.


4.4    Part C - Degree Modules

Students must choose 30 credits of Options (O).  Students MUST select 10 credits from Group A (OA) and no more than 10 credits from each group.

Modules indicated with ** are paired together.  For example, (1a) in part C is paired with (2a) in part D.  Similarly (1e) in Part D is paired with (2e) also in part D.  All students MUST COMPLETE AT LEAST TWO of these specialist module pairs during Part C or D.  The second module of a pair (numbered 2) may not be taken without the prerequisite module (numbered 1) but the preliminary modules may be studied independently. 

Code  Title   Weight Semester C/O 
MMC551 Individual Project 50 1+2 C
MMC200 Engineering Management: Finance, Law and Quality 10 1 C
MMC401 Product Design 10 1 C
MMC602 Sustainable Manufacturing 10 1 C
MMC606 Additive Manufacturing for Product Development 10 1 C (1d)
MPC012 Polymer Engineering 1: Processing 10 2 OA (1b)
MMC106 Finite Element Analysis 10 2 OA (1c)
MMC300 Product Information Systems - Computer Aided Design 10 2 OB
MMC203 Manufacturing Planning & Control 10 2 OC
MMC610 Healthcare Engineering 10 2 OD
MMC700 Sports Engineering 10 2 OD



4.5    Part D - Degree Modules           

At least 70 weight of level 7 (D modules) must be taken in Part D.

Students must choose 60 credits of options (O).  Students MUST select 10 credits from group A and 20 credits from group H.  The remaining 30 credits should be no more than 10 credits from each group (B-G, I-M).   Note there will be at least 20 weight of linked modules (follow on from pre-requisite modules in Part C) across both semesters.

Students who elect to study WSC900 (1e) must also study WSD900 (2e) in Part D.


Code Title Weight Semester C/O
WSD503 Project Engineering 30 1+2 C
BSD523 Enterprise Technology 10 1 C
WSD207 Project Management 10 1 C
WSD407 Sustainable Product Design 10 2 C
MPD014 Polymer Engineering - Properties & Design 10 1 OA (2b)
WSD100 Structual Integrity 10 1 OA (2c)
WSC600 Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Technology 1 10 1 OB (1a)
WSC900 Computer Instrumentation and Control 10 1 OB (1e)
WSC911 Industrial Machine Vision 10 1 OB
WSC201 Organisation Structure and Strategy 10 1 OC
WSC400 Design for Assembly 10 1 OD
WSD552 Advanced Engineering Research 20 1+2 OE
WSD900 Mechatronics 20 1+2 OF (2e)
LAN*** University Wide Language 10 1 OG
WSD601 Advanced Manufacturing Processes & Technology 2 10 2 OH (2a)
WSD606 Additive Manufacuring and Reverse Engineering 10 2 OH (2d)
WSC206 Product Innovation Management 10 2 OI
WSC603 Metrology 10 2 OJ
WSC610 Healthcare Engineering 10 2 OK
WSC700 Sports Engineering 10 2 OL
LAN*** University Wide Language 10 2 OM


All optional module choice is subject to availability, timetabling, student number restrictions and students having taken appropriate pre-requisite modules.



4.6    Studies Overseas

Students may choose to study Semester 1 only, during their Part D at an approved Overseas Higher Education Institution.  The mix of subjects of the learning programme must first be approved by the Programme Director.  An acceptable learning programme must include a major group project and studies at an advanced/masters level with modular weight not less than 20.  

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 Criteria for Progression and Award of Degree

Progression from Part A to Part B, from Part B to Part C and from Part C to Part D will be subject to the provisions set out in Regulation XX and in addition candidates must accumulate 120 credits and achieve an overall average of 55% in each part.

5.1.2 For candidates who commenced study on the programme before September 2014 who fail to satisfy the progression requirements stated in paragraphs 5.1.1 above, the requirements are:

In order to progress from Part A to Part B, from Part B to Part C and from Part C to Part D and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must not only satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in regulations XX but also:

i. In order to proceed from Part A to Part B, from Part B to Part C and from Part C to Part D, candidates must obtain at least 50% in modules with a minimum weight of 100 credits in each programme part and gain credit (40%) in all other modules.

ii.   In order to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must obtain a mark of 50% in project Engineering Module WSD503 in Part D.

5.2 Criteria for Candidates who do not meet the requirements for Progression or the Award of a Degree

Any candidate who fails to achieve the criteria for progression from Part A to Part B, Part B to Part C or Part C to Part D shall have the opportunity to repeat module assessments in accordance with the provisions of Regulation XX.  Alternatively, the candidate may elect to enter the BEng Honours Degree programme in Product Design Engineering, provided that the candidate has satisfied the criteria for progression on the BEng programme at the appropriate point.

Any candidate who, having successfully completed Part C, is unable to commence or complete Part D or who fails to achieve the criteria necessary for the award of MEng may, at the discretion of the Programme Board, be awarded the degree of BEng in Product Design Engineering with a classification corresponding to the candidate’s achievements in the Part B and Part C assessments and determined on the basis of the weightings given for the BEng programme.  



6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidate’s final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B, C and D in accordance with the scheme set out in Regulation XX.  The overall average percentage marks for each part will be combined in the ratio (Part B 20: Part C 40: Part D 40) to determine the overall average percentage mark for the Programme (the Programme Mark).

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