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Course overview

Our professionally accredited five-year MEng Product Design and Manufacture course includes an industrial year during which students will gain real-world experience within design or a similar field. The course combines creativity with engineering principles and gives an additional year to further develop your skills through design projects and to expand your knowledge of materials, manufacturing and human factors. This course produces exceptionally high-quality work and leads to students with truly impressive portfolios of work who are in high demand by employers.

The world around us is full of problems, some small inconveniences and other global challenges such as climate change. Product Designers combine a broad range of creative, engineering and manufacturing skills to produce commercially viable solutions to these problems.

Our course utilises modern technology - from digital sketching through to high end 3D printing, rapid prototyping facilities and virtual reality equipment, to ensure our graduates leave prepared for the modern world of product design.

Students study a broad range of modules to develop practical design skills and knowledge in key areas including manufacturing, materials, ergonomics, marketing and more.

Project work is a key part of the course, responding to challenges in a variety of sectors including medical, automotive, packaging, appliances and electronic goods and many more. Projects enable you to take a realistic approach to design, utilising your taught knowledge of manufacturing and engineering principles. You’ll develop products and components that are appropriate for mass manufacture and consider commercial factors.

Our courses are delivered by academic staff who have industrial experience, in conjunction with Product Designers who currently work in industrial roles. This ensures that our course is relevant to the current needs of employers.

On this course students undertake their industrial year in between their third and fourth years of study. Our dedicated faculty placement team who provide guidance on applying for placements, host employer events and help with your transition back to university life. Whilst you are on placement you’ll receive visits and support from academic staff.

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Why choose this course?

4th

in the Complete University Guide for Manufacturing and Production Engineering

Complete University Guide, 2023

Accredited

by the institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Institute of Engineering Designers (IED)

New facilities

including design studios and workshops boasting both capacity and capability.

Industry Technology

which mirrors career practices and shows you the latest industry processes.

Teaching staff

with industrial career experience


Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

UK entry requirements
A level AAB in Clearing for home students

Please note: Applicants whose backgrounds or personal circumstances have impacted their academic performance may receive a reduced offer. Please see our contextal admissions policy for more information.

Required subjects

B in maths at A level in Clearing for home students

Art or design and technology are also desirable as 2nd subjects for the course but are not required.

We do not accept the following A Levels: General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies, CIE Global Perspectives and Research, CIE Thinking Skills.

IB score 34; 5 in Maths: Analysis and Approaches or Maths: Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level or 6 in Maths: Analysis and Approaches at Standard Level in Clearing for home students

BTEC or Access not accepted for MEng course.

Excluded subjects in Clearing for home students

  • General studies
  • Citizenship studies
  • Global perspectives
  • Critical thinking
  • Welsh baccalaureate advanced skills challenge

Foundation progression options

A foundation year is available for those with BBB grades but not in the required subjects.

Mature Students

At the University of Nottingham, we have a valuable community of mature students and we appreciate their contribution to the wider student population. You can find lots of useful information on the mature students webpage.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

Teaching methods

  • Group study
  • Independent study
  • Lab sessions
  • Lectures
  • Supervision
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

How you will be assessed

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Examinations
  • Group coursework
  • Presentation
  • Research project
  • Practical assessment

Contact time and study hours

Engineers are among the busiest students on campus. On average, you will have around 20-22 contact hours a week in years one and two. Combined with coursework and self-study, you are likely to spend over 40 hours a week on your studies. Our courses provide the opportunity to specialise through a choice of subject modules and practical work.

Year in industry

There is the opportunity to spend a year in industry and we have a team of careers experts to support you in finding the right placement. During the placement you are classed as an employee of the host company and will receive a salary.

Placements are usually undertaken in the UK, but can be anywhere in the world.

Find out where our students have been on placement in the past.

Study Abroad and the Year in Industry are subject to students meeting minimum academic requirements. Opportunities may change at any time for a number of reasons, including curriculum developments, changes to arrangements with partner universities, travel restrictions or other circumstances outside of the university’s control. Every effort will be made to update information as quickly as possible should a change occur.

What is it like studying Product Design and Manufacture at the University of Nottingham?

Hear what our students have to say about studying Product Design and Manufacture at UoN.

Modules

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.

Core

Drawing for Design

Sketching; an essential skill for all Product Designers. This module will develop your sketching skills, taking you from the basics of drawing simple objects through to mastering drawing in perspective and constructing complex objects. We utilise modern and up to date technologies and as such the sketching which is taught and practised within this module will be digital and produced through the use of digital drawing devices! In this module you'll learn:

  • Progressively learn to add detail to drawings.
  • How to draw in 3-point perspective.
  • How to draw quickly and neatly.
  • To draw complex forms.
  • How light and shade can explain complex forms. 
  • Exercises to help develop an understanding and appreciation of form.
Engineering Design and Design Project

In this yearlong module you'll gain a deeper understanding of engineering design principles using practical project work. You'll learn CAD from the ground up, and by the end of the module you'll be well versed in the software.

Further you'll undertake practical workshops, where you'll learn how to use fundamental engineering machinery, which forms the basis of more advanced techniques you'll learn in higher level modules.

Topics covered include:

  • Process of design supported by practical design activities
  • Engineering drawing CAD solid modelling and drawing generation  
  • Machine elements Group Design Project with Integrated Individual Element  
  • Machine shop practical training 
Industrial Design Professional Practice

Practising Product Designers are often referred to as a jack of all trades and a master of none; This module begins a series of modules which focus on the broader discipline of Industrial Design and many topics which influence the practice that Designers need to be well versed in to create appropriate solutions to problems! To support the learning of these topics, and to begin understanding the process of design in a little more depth, students who participate in this module will undertake a short design project.

Other topics covered include:

  • History of Design.
  • Impact on Popular Culture.
  • Role of the Designer.
  • Design Methodology.
  • Ethical Responsibility.
  • Graphical Skills.
  • Photography.
  • Portfolio Skills.
  • Sustainability and Ecology.
Materials and Manufacturing

A deep understanding of both materials and manufacturing techniques used to process these materials is essential for all product designers, to produce effective and commercially viable products. This year long module introduces students to the properties of materials, the main failure mechanisms which a designer will be concerned with (e.g overload, fracture, creep, fatigue) and core manufacturing methods used in engineering applications.

It includes the following topics:

  • Role of materials and material properties in the design process.
  • Selection and use of materials.
  • Basic science underlying material properties Approaches to avoid failure of materials.
  • Introduction to manufacturing in the UK.
  • Casting, machining, moulding, forming, powder processing, heat treatment, surface finishing and assembly.
  • Introduction into additive manufacturing an introduction to manufacturing metrology.
Mathematics for Engineers

This module introduces a range of fundamental elementary mathematical techniques that can be applied to mechanical engineering, manufacturing and product design problems.

The aim of the module is to provide engineering students with a base in mathematical knowledge which can then be built on if required in subsequent years, however as a product design student this will be the only maths module you will undertake.

This module includes:

  • The calculus of a single variable, extended to develop techniques used in analysing engineering problems
  • Advanced differential and integral calculus of one variable
  • First-order ordinary-differential equations
  • Algebra of complex numbers
  • Matrix algebra and its applications to systems of equations and eigenvalue problems
  • Functions and their properties
  • Vector spaces and their applications
  • Vector calculus
Statics and Dynamics

The aim of this module is to introduce students to fundamental concepts and principles of solid mechanics and dynamics, and their applications to mechanical engineering systems. A wide range of engineering structures and mechanical components need to be designed to support static loads and as an engineer it is important to understand the way in which forces are transmitted through structures for efficient and safe design. This module includes:

  • Static equilibrium: force and moment analysis in design; frictional forces.
  • Stress, strain and elasticity.
  • Bending stresses in beams.
  • Relationship between angular and linear motion.
  • Work, energy and power, including kinetic and potential energy.
  • Geared systems.
  • Static and dynamic balancing.
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Monday 04 July 2022.

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.

Core

Design for Manufacture

The aim of this module is to develop knowledge, understanding and practical skills in design for manufacturing and manufacturing and product development. It covers design for manufacturability, design for assembly, rapid prototyping and manufacturing, jigs and fixtures, process planning and group technology and design for cost. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and three hours in practicals each week when studying this module.

Design Communication

Designers need to be able to communicate their thoughts and design work to a broad range of individuals, not limited to, Clients, Customers, Specialist Engineers, Advertising specialists, other designers etc. To achieve effective communication a broad range of skill sets, and techniques need to be understood and employed. The module will develop CAD skills and include content on surface modelling so that students are able to model almost any object with the appropriate level of detailing. Following on from this the module will introduce Keyshot, a software that allows the production of high-end realistic computer-generated images and animations to communicate designs.

  • Solidworks Parametric Modelling
  • Solidworks Surface Modelling
  • Digital Sketching & Rendering
  • Keyshot Photo realistic Rendering
Industrial Design and Professional Practice 2

Building on Industrial Design and Professional practice from the 1st year of the programme, the second module continues to explore the field of Industrial design in more depth. The first half of the module focuses on topics such as branding and marketing; an understanding of these practises can impact how/what we design into products. We then build on the knowledge of ecology and sustainability established in the first module, to understand the impact that our designs have, and how we can minimise our environmental impact. The module also takes a more advanced look into Engineering Drawings and teaches students how to review drawings and make necessary alterations based on feedback.  

  • Branding and Marketing
  • Company Structures
  • Product Design Industry
  • Supply Chains
  • Sustainability: the facts
  • Sustainability Design Tools
  • Engineering Drawings 
Materials in Design

This module seeks to develop an understanding of materials in design across a wide range of engineering applications. The module is arranged in 4 blocks covering designing with light alloys, polymers, composites, and functional materials. This covers important functional ceramics as well as other functional materials. Each block will explore the design requirements in detail of a particular case study followed by other examples, key material properties relevant to the engineering application, manipulation of the microstructure through processing and example calculations against failure of the product/component. This module will explore:

  • Material Attributes
  • Engineering Context
  • Manufacturing of Material
  • Production Processes
  • Environmental Impact
User Centred Research and Design

This module will introduce ergonomics (human factors) encompassing different aspects of product design and other applications. The module will demonstrate why ergonomics input to design is important and will teach the practical application of user centred research methods, also covering research ethics and statistical methods to analyse results. Content covered includes:

 

  • Task Analysis
  • Anthropometric data and Understanding Humans
  • Human Factors in Design
  • Designing for Users
  • User Based research methods
  • Evaluation Methods
  • Ethics in Design
  • Emotional Design
Design Projects
Group Design Project

This project involves 3 or 4 students working as a team to design a product from initial concept to fully engineered drawings. Starting from a design brief prepared by the supervisor, the group will be required to devise and evaluate alternative design concepts, undertake the detailed engineering analysis and mechanical design, select suitable materials and methods of manufacture and assess costs and the marketability of the product. 

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

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.

Core

Materials and Manufacturing 3

Within this module we build on the materials and manufacturing knowledge developed within the first two years of the programme, with a particular focus on Polymers and the Injection moulding process; a heavily utilised manufacturing process by Product Designers. Consideration of part/component design for this manufacturing technique shall be explored in depth, and this shall be practiced in a design project that runs alongside this module. Later in the module other material and manufacturing areas will be looked at such as timber selection and metal casting.  

  • Component design and optimisation for injection moulding
  • Advanced Polymer selection
  • Mold Flow Analysis within Solidworks
  • Part costings
  • Understanding mold design - core and cavity design
  • Timber selection, production and manufacturing methods
  • Metal selection and casting techniques

Optional

Human Computer Systems
Industrial Design and Professional Practice 3
Physical Ergonomics

This module aims to equip students with fundamental knowledge and skills regarding the physical characteristics of people (body size, strength, flexibility, etc.) and environments (lighting, thermal, sound, etc.) as they relate to the design of products, workplaces and tasks/jobs. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.

Fourth Year MEng Product Design Projects

This is a project based module for Product Design and Manufacture. The module comprises of two projects. Specifically; in the first project, students will further develop ‘People Centred Research’ skills to find creative approaches that are innovative. In the second project, students will work for a “client” presenting concepts for their client’s selection. You’ll spend 12 hours working practically each week when studying this module.

Materials and Manufacturing 4

Plus optional modules

Computer Aided Engineering

In this module you will start to develop one of the key skills for an engineer – that of being able to program. You will gain the skills required to analyse, design and implement solutions to practical engineering problems through the use of computer aided design tools and the development of software based solutions.

Fibre Reinforced Composites Engineering (spring)

An introductory module on the design, manufacture and performance of fibre-reinforced composite materials. 

Constituent materials including fibres, resins and additives are described. Processing techniques and the relationships between process and design are highlighted. Design methodologies and computer-aided engineering techniques are demonstrated for component design. Case studies from a variety of industries including automotive and aerospace are presented.

Method and Frequency of Class:

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours

 Method of Assessment:

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Exam 1 100.00 2 hour exam
Introduction to Marketing

This module is primarily intended for non-Business School students. This module aims to introduce the concept of marketing as an approach to business and to discuss the nature of marketing strategy. You’ll investigate the challenges of managing the marketing mix. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and one hour in a seminar each week when studying this module.

Joining Technology (spring)

This module examines, in-depth, the processes used for joining metallic (e.g. steel, aluminium and titanium alloys) and non-metallic (e.g. polymers and fibre reinforced composites) materials. 

Topics covered include:

  • mechanical joining
  • adhesive bonding
  • soldering and brazing
  • solid state joining (friction welding and diffusion bonding)
  • fusion welding (arc welding and the many classes thereof, resistance, electron beam and laser welding)

The fundamental characteristics of the various processes are examined along with procedures for practical applications. The origins of defects within joints and methods needed to control or eliminate them are also considered. The mechanical behaviour of joints is analysed, as is the effect of joining on the microstructural characteristics and mechanical properties of the base materials. Other features such as residual stress and distortion are addressed. Attention is also given to appropriate design for manufacture in a modern manufacturing context.

Method and Frequency of Class:

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours

 Method of Assessment:

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Coursework 1 25.00 Case study review
Exam 1 75.00 1 hour 30 minute unseen written exam
Making Metals Perform (Autumn)

This module covers the principles and practice relating to processing, structure and properties of engineering alloys. The emphasis is on understanding the importance of process control to achieve desired properties through the formation of correct microstructural features.

Topics covered include:

  • equilibrium microstructural development - construction and interpretation of phase diagrams including quantitative prediction of microstructure
  • the kinetics of phase transformations - the TTT diagram and diffusionless transformations
  • thermal processing such as precipitation hardening, heat treating and annealing
  • forming operations for metal alloys
  • practical examples using important metal alloy systems such as steels, aluminium alloys and Nickel superalloys.

Method and Frequency of Class:

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

 Method of Assessment:

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Exam  100.00 2 hour exam
Management Studies

This module introduces students to modern management methods relevant to the running of a company. Topics include: introduction to basic economics; the essential requirements and aims of a business; preparing a business plan; accounting; interpretation of accounts; programme management; the essentials of “lean” manufacture and the management of innovation. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.

Polymer Engineering (autumn)

A broad-based module covering the chemistry, material properties and manufacturing methods relevant to polymers.

Topics include:

  • Polymer chemistry and structure
  • Routes to synthesis, polymerisation techniques, practical aspects of industrial production
  • Viscoelasticity, time-temperature equivalence
  • Rheology of polymer melts, heat transfer in melts, entanglements
  • Properties of solid polymers, yield and fracture, crazing
  • Manufacturing with polymers, extrusion, injection-moulding
  • Design/ processing interactions for plastic products

Method and Frequency of Class:

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Seminar 11 weeks 1 week 1 hour

 Method of Assessment:

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Coursework 1 25.00 Report on multidisciplinary design exercise covering the chemistry, processing and properties of a polymeric product
Exam 1 75.00 2 hour exam
Simulation, Virtual Reality and Advanced Human-Machine Interface (autumn)

For human factors/ergonomics work, simulation tools can enable designers, managers and end-users to experience products and systems in realistic, interactive environments. Such advancements have significant cost implications, enabling designs and their implications to be visualised early in the development life cycle. In addition, virtual/augmented reality and other advanced human-machine interfaces (HMIs) are being developed in many different industries to support different user needs.

This module will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to understand and utilise computers as human factors tools for understanding peoples’ interactions with new technology. Moreover, the module will consider HMIs that are increasingly common in modern life and frequently designed and evaluated using simulation techniques.

The module is a mix of practical and research-oriented content, and you will make extensive use of the simulation facilities and on-going research projects within the Human Factors Research Group and elsewhere in the University.

Topics include:

  • virtual reality technologies/environments/interfaces
  • augmented reality; fidelity and validity of simulators
  • presence factors for simulation
  • understanding and minimising simulator sickness
  • multimodal interfaces including the use of natural language and gesture interfaces, computers and collaborative/social interfaces, accessibility, in-car interfaces 

Delivery

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Practicum 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Assessment method

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Coursework 1 50.00 Report (approx. 3,000 words) on the use of simulation to aid in the design/evaluation of specific products
Coursework 2 50.00 Presentation arguing for the use of advanced Human-Machine Interface solutions in a specific design context
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

The fourth year of this course is spent in industry. You will receive support in applying for a year-long placement with an appropriate company. During the placement you will significantly enhance your engineering knowledge and skills. You will have regular meetings with your tutor throughout the year and will remain fully registered with the University.

The project-based approach continues with work that follows a more intensive industry-related route. A major design project is undertaken in the final semester along with a technical review of a manufacturing company.

Core

Cognitive Ergonomics in Design

This module will provide you with a thorough understanding of cognitive ergonomics and the way in which the consideration of cognitive ergonomics can impact on human performance in the workplace. 

Fourth Year MEng Product Design Projects

This is a project based module for Product Design and Manufacture. The module comprises of two projects. Specifically; in the first project, students will further develop ‘People Centred Research’ skills to find creative approaches that are innovative. In the second project, students will work for a “client” presenting concepts for their client’s selection. You’ll spend 12 hours working practically each week when studying this module.

Major Project with Industry

The develops and showcases the design skills of the student. The project will look in detail at the design solution and the manufacturing of the product. The project will be carried out in conjunction with the student’s company review which will bring a great deal of realism to the project. This work will form the basis of the end of course exhibition. You’ll spend 20 hours working practically each week when studying this module.

Project Management
Project management skills are a highly transferable skill directly relevant to employment sectors. The module will cover the fundamentals of project management, including project lifecycles, leadership in project management, managing risk in projects, analysis of project successes and failures and project management software. Students will produce a documented project management outline tailored to their research project to identify the key constraints, bottlenecks and milestones. This will be supplemented by the production of appropriate project management visualisation diagram, ie a Gantt or PERT chart. They will also present an interim verbal report to their supervisors and the module convenor to rehearse such reporting skills.

Optional

Computer Aided Engineering

In this module you will start to develop one of the key skills for an engineer – that of being able to program. You will gain the skills required to analyse, design and implement solutions to practical engineering problems through the use of computer aided design tools and the development of software based solutions.

Engineering Sustainability
Making Metals Perform (Autumn)

This module covers the principles and practice relating to processing, structure and properties of engineering alloys. The emphasis is on understanding the importance of process control to achieve desired properties through the formation of correct microstructural features.

Topics covered include:

  • equilibrium microstructural development - construction and interpretation of phase diagrams including quantitative prediction of microstructure
  • the kinetics of phase transformations - the TTT diagram and diffusionless transformations
  • thermal processing such as precipitation hardening, heat treating and annealing
  • forming operations for metal alloys
  • practical examples using important metal alloy systems such as steels, aluminium alloys and Nickel superalloys.

Method and Frequency of Class:

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

 Method of Assessment:

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Exam  100.00 2 hour exam
Simulation, Virtual Reality and Advanced Human-Machine Interface (autumn)

For human factors/ergonomics work, simulation tools can enable designers, managers and end-users to experience products and systems in realistic, interactive environments. Such advancements have significant cost implications, enabling designs and their implications to be visualised early in the development life cycle. In addition, virtual/augmented reality and other advanced human-machine interfaces (HMIs) are being developed in many different industries to support different user needs.

This module will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to understand and utilise computers as human factors tools for understanding peoples’ interactions with new technology. Moreover, the module will consider HMIs that are increasingly common in modern life and frequently designed and evaluated using simulation techniques.

The module is a mix of practical and research-oriented content, and you will make extensive use of the simulation facilities and on-going research projects within the Human Factors Research Group and elsewhere in the University.

Topics include:

  • virtual reality technologies/environments/interfaces
  • augmented reality; fidelity and validity of simulators
  • presence factors for simulation
  • understanding and minimising simulator sickness
  • multimodal interfaces including the use of natural language and gesture interfaces, computers and collaborative/social interfaces, accessibility, in-car interfaces 

Delivery

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Practicum 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Assessment method

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Coursework 1 50.00 Report (approx. 3,000 words) on the use of simulation to aid in the design/evaluation of specific products
Coursework 2 50.00 Presentation arguing for the use of advanced Human-Machine Interface solutions in a specific design context
Systems Engineering and Human Factors

The aims of the module are to enable students to understand the nature of systems. You will be introduced to systems engineering and you will learn methods of establishing and representing systems requirements to feed into the design process. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

Fees and funding

UK students

£9,250
Per year

International students

£26,500*
Per year

*For full details including fees for part-time students and reduced fees during your time studying abroad or on placement (where applicable), see our fees page.

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you may be asked to complete a fee status questionnaire and your answers will be assessed using guidance issued by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) .

Additional costs

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses.

The following are based on the total three years of the course. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles which could cost up to £200.

Although most graphical materials for use in design projects are supplied there will be some Items you will have to buy, budget around £180 for this. Additionally, design projects have printing costs and you should budget for around £150.

Please note that these figures are approximate and subject to change. (Printing presentation material is currently under review and could be eliminated completely by the time your course starts).

Scholarships and bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Faculty-specific funding

In addition to the above, students applying to the Faculty of Engineering may be eligible for faculty-specific or industry scholarships.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £1,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International students

We offer a range of international undergraduate scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.

International scholarships

Careers

Along with an accredited engineering degree you will have gained the practical and theoretical skills needed to design commercially viable products and services within the industrial design sector. Your skill set will be well suited to both small design-based consultancy roles as well as large multinational organisations. In addition, your abilities in communication, problem solving, and creative thinking will make you highly employable in several alternative roles.

Our graduates work for a diverse range of employment sectors with companies including:

  • Dyson
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Morphy Richards
  • Bosch
  • Unilever
  • Caterpillar
  • Tesco
  • Triumph Motorcycles
  • Smith and Nephew
  • L’oreal

Average starting salary and career progression

83.2% of undergraduates from the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £29,073.*

* HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

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.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

This course is accredited by the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) to meet the further learning requirements of a Chartered Engineer.

Institute of Engineering Designers (IED)

In addition to the IET, this course is also accredited by the Institute of Engineering Designers (IED). 

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" Studying product design and manufacture has been an amazing and challenging experience. The course has equipped me with a wide and highly applicable skillset, that has enabled me to work on exciting future products and technologies. I spent my placement year at Dyson as a Design Engineer Intern and had the opportunity to work on some of their next generation products, as well as learn invaluable skills in design, engineering, and business. "

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Important information

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