This course equips you for a career in product design, industrial design or in the product development sector, and is aligned to the way the design process is conducted in industry today. You will develop your creativity, backed by a thorough understanding of engineering issues, to ensure that products can be manufactured within the constraints of time, cost and quality.
The first year shares many modules with the Department's other engineering degrees and will therefore give you a broad foundation in engineering science and design, manufacturing processes, material selection and behaviour, mathematics and business studies.
You will develop further design skills and commercial awareness in year two. There are several design projects throughout the year, complemented by modules in the areas of design techniques, manufacturing, ergonomics and business.
At the end of year two, you can opt to switch to the four-year MEng degree provided that you have obtained at least 55 per cent in the end of year assessment. Alternatively, you can choose to remain on the three-year BEng degree.
You continue to develop design skills through project work and the modules studied become more in-depth. This includes a major design project undertaken in the final semester along with a dissertation.
See also the Engineering and Science Foundation Year Programme.
A levels: ABB, including grade B Maths; art or design and technology are also desirable
English language requirements
IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 79 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking)
For details please see alternative qualifications page
Foundation year - a foundation year is available for this course
Flexible admissions policy
We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.
Notes for applicants
Scholarships - for details of scholarships please see www.nottingham.ac.uk/engineering/funding
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff. They’re also shaped by new developments in industry and as a consequence, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules on offer.
Typical year-one modules
Engineering Mathematics 1
Mechanics of Solids 1
Creative Techniques in Design
Typical year-two modules
Design for Manufacture
Computer Modelling Systems
Design Visualisation Techniques
Production and Inventory Management
Typical year-three modules
RSA Design Projects
Manufacturing Process Capability
Product Design Dissertation
BEng Major Design Project
Typical optional modules
Creative Techniques in Design
Near Net Shape Manufacture
Flexible Automated Manufacture
Cognitive Ergonomics in Design
Simulation and Digital Human Modelling
You will have developed skills in product design, materials and manufacture that will enable you to undertake creative professional practice in the fields of product design or product development.
This degree has been accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.
This degree is recognised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Average starting salary
The average starting salary for 2010/11 full-time graduates of the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering was £25,659.*
*Average starting salary from known destinations of first-degree leavers who studied full-time, 2010/11.
Careers Support and Advice
Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.