Product Design and Manufacture BEng


Fact file - 2019 entry

BEng Hons Product Design and Manufacture
UCAS code
3 years full-time
A level offer
Required subjects
Maths. Art or design and technology are also desirable. Excluding general studies and critical thinking.

A foundation year is available for those with BBB grades but not in the required subjects.
IB score
34-32 (5 in maths at Higher Level or 6 at Standard Level) 
Course location
University Park Campus
Course places


This course equips you for a career in product design, industrial design or in the product development sector.
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The Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering is currently reviewing course structure and modules ahead of 2019 entry, and while basic course content will remain similar to that outlined below, some details may be subject to change. Please keep checking this page for the latest details.

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.

Year one

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.

Year two

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 percent in the end of year assessment. Alternatively, you can choose to remain on the three-year BEng degree.

Year three

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.

More information 

See also the  Engineering and Science Foundation Year Programme.


Entry requirements

A levels: AAB-ABB, including maths. IB Higher Level 5 in maths or Standard Level 6 essential; art or design and technology are also desirable.

English language requirements 

IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

For details of other English language tests and qualifications we accept, please see our entry requirements page.

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

Alternative qualifications

For details please see alternative qualifications page

Foundation year - a foundation year is available for this course

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, the University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.

Notes for applicants 

Scholarships - for details of scholarships please see



The following is a sample of the typical modules that we offer as at the date of publication 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. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and the module information in this prospectus is provided for indicative purposes only.

Typical year one modules

Drawing for Design

This module will teach and develop skills in constructed and freehand drawing in perspective. It will teach you the rules of perspective drawing and basic pen control. You will develop their skills from sketching simple boxes to sketching complex forms with detail and contour lines.

You will progressively learn to add detail to their drawings and learn to draw quickly and neatly. You will be taught how light and shade can explain complex forms. You will learn how to use markers to add tonal work to sketches and to combine all these skills to produce sketch pages for design projects. The exercises will also help develop special awareness abilities and an appreciation of form.

Engineering Design and Design Project

This year long module introduces you to basic concepts and practice of design and manufacture with a semester long group and individual project. It includes the following topics:

  • the process of design supported by practical design activities. 
  • engineering drawing 
  • solid modelling and drawing generation using Creo 
  • machine elements 
  • group design project with integrated individual element 
  • machine shop practical training
Industrial Design Professional Practice

This module provides an introduction to Industrial Design; a brief history of its leading practitioners, its impact on popular culture, the role of the designer, design methodology and ethical responsibilities of the designer.

The module also contains sessions teaching design project practice, graphical skills used in design, photography and the production of a portfolio of skills for the first year of your course.

Materials and Manufacturing

This year long module introduces you 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:

  • the role of materials and material properties in the design process
  • the selection and use of materials
  • the basic science underlying material properties and approaches to avoid failure of materials to provide the knowledge with which to design materials with better properties. For each property (or group of properties) a case study of practical design application will be addressed
  • an introduction to manufacturing in the UK an introduction to high value – low volume and low value – high volume manufacturing processes including: casting, machining, moulding, forming, powder processing, heat treatment, surface finishing and assembly
  • an 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. It includes:

  • 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

This introductory module covers analysis methods applicable to engineering design, including:

  • review of basic mechanics: vectors, units, forces and moments, Newton’s laws 
  • static equilibrium: force and moment analysis in design; frictional forces 
  • free body diagrams and pin-jointed structures 
  • stress, strain and elasticity 
  • multi-axial stress-strain; thin walled vessels under pressure 
  • shear stress and torsion of shafts 
  • plane stress; Mohr's circle analysis 
  • beam bending: shear force and bending moment diagrams 
  • 2nd moments of area of cross-sections 
  • bending stresses in beams 
  • linear and rotational motion: displacement, velocity and acceleration 
  • relationship between angular and linear motion 
  • Newton's laws for linear and rotational motion 
  • linear and angular momentum, including conservation of momentum 
  • work, energy and power, including kinetic and potential energy 
  • geared systems 
  • drive systems, including tangential drives and vehicles 
  • load characteristics and steady-state characteristics 
  • flywheel design 
  • static and dynamic balancing
Typical year two modules

Near Net Shape Manufacture
This module examines modern manufacturing techniques currently being exploited within industry which results in near net shape parts. You will be provided with the essential knowledge which will enable you to understand common place and emerging near net shape manufacturing techniques. You’ll spend three hours in lectures and one hour in seminars each week when studying this module.
Automated Manufacture
This module will give an understanding of the need for automation and robotics in manufacturing industry. You will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of automated manufacture, the role of automation in manufacturing, and its advantages and limitations. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and four hours in seminars each week when studying this module.
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.
Production and Inventory Management
This module describes the main factors which influence the needs of a manufacturing control (production and inventory control) system including the market, the manufacturing and information processing technology and the skills of the workforce. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
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.
Computer Modelling Systems
This module will teach and develop knowledge and skills in the uses of two types of software: computer aided design software and computer animation and visualisation software. Students are taught free form surface modelling and other advanced modelling techniques in Pro E. In 3D Studio Max you are taught to produce photo realistic images from CAD data. You’ll spend two hours in practicals each week when studying this module.
Design Visualisation Techniques
The module enables students to develop their visual presentation skills of design concepts and ideas. It aims to introduce students to a range of presentation techniques and media including hand rendered/drawing techniques as well as computer based digital techniques. You’ll spend three hours in practicals each week when studying this module.
Second Year Design Projects
This is a project based module for Product Design and Manufacture students in their second year. Through practical design work the students will be faced with the problems of managing different constraints and producing cohesive design proposals. The students will become familiar with the process of receiving design briefs, managing time and resources and presenting design solutions. You’ll spend 12 hours in practicals and eight hours in further activity sessions each week when studying this module.
Second Year Group Design Project
This is a project based module for Product Design and Manufacture students in their second year. The module comprises an individual and a group design project. Through practical design work the students will be faced with the problems of managing differing constraints, possibly conflicting views and workload management to produce a cohesive design proposal. You’ll spend ten hours in practicals and four hours in further activity sessions each week when studying this module.
Ergonomics in Design
This module aims to introduce the cognitive, physical, environmental and organisational bases of ergonomics/human factors. The course will provide knowledge and understanding of when an ergonomics intervention is required and how to manage, organise and evaluate such a programme. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
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.
Typical year three modules

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.
RSA Design Projects
The module comprises of two projects. In the first project, students will be able to use ‘People Centred Research’ to find creative approaches to difficult problems. In the second project, students will be able to detail a simple product for manufacture by injection moulding. You’ll spend 12 hours in practicals and four hours in further activity sessions each week when studying this module.
BEng Major Design Project
This is a project based module for Product Design and Manufacture students in their third year. It is the final project of the BEng degree programme. The module comprises of one project, which develops and showcases the design skills of the student. 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.
Product Design Dissertation
This is an individual report based project which seeks to develop the student’s ability to think critically, plan and present on a piece of work at a professional level. The content of the project must focus on some element of design & manufacture, but could involve experimental, theoretical, observational or practical work together with a relevant literature review. You’ll spend one hour in a tutorial  each week when studying this module.
Manufacturing Process Capability
The module will give students in-depth understanding of technical capability of modern manufacturing processes in relation to product design. The aim of the module is to develop students’ abilities to understand and assess the capability of single and combined manufacturing processes. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and two hours in seminars each week when studying this module.

Students must take 20 credits from this group

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. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
Management Studies 2
On completion of this module you will be able to understand how projects are selected and financially evaluated. You'll be able to construct and monitor the elements of an engineering or business programme and acquire an ability to manage risks and quality issues in the industrial and business context. You'll develop an understanding of the basics of English Law. You’ll spend two hours in lectures in tutorials each week when studying this module.
Simulation and Digital Human Modelling
This module aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to use digital human modelling and systems simulation approaches in Human Factors research and design/evaluation work. In addition, the module aims to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental assumptions upon which digital human modelling and simulation tools are based and their primary capabilities and limitations. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and two hours in practicals each week when studying this module.
Computer Aided Engineering
This module will enable you to create, display and analyse complex forms and assemblies. Various elements of CAE will be covered including, solid & surface modelling, rendering and analysis. Review of the CAE software and industry. You’ll spend three hours in practicals each week when studying this module.
Sustainable Manufacturing
This module aims to provide you with the knowledge of key environmental and sustainability issues that are relevant to modern manufacturing. It also aims to provide a set of tools and skills that may be used to design, analyse, and improve manufacturing processes, products, and business operations. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
Polymer Engineering
This module will allow you to gain an understanding of the chemistry of polymers, the routes to polymerisation and their effect on the material; the rheology of polymer melts, the basics of the main polymer processing operations, and the interaction between rheology and processing; the mechanical properties of polymers. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and one hour in a seminar each week when studying this module.


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.

Professional recognition

Engineering Council accredited degree

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 and career progression

In 2016, 90% of first-degree graduates in the department who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £26,892 with the highest being £33,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

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.  


Fees and funding

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.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 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/EU students

Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship is available for select students paying overseas fees who achieve 38 points or above in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We also offer a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees. Find out more about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.

Faculty-specific funding

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


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