Product Design and Manufacture including an Industrial Year MEng

   
   
  

Fact file - 2019 entry

Qualification
MEng Hons Product Design and Manufacture including an Industrial Year
UCAS code
H71B
Duration
5 years full-time (year 4 out)
A level offer
AAA-AAB
Required subjects
Maths. Art or design and technology 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
36-34 (5 in maths at Higher Level or 6 at Standard Level excluding maths studies) 
Course location
Course places
30
 
We are still currently taking applications for 2018 entry

Overview

This course makes your career ready by giving you a year in industry and a masters level qualification.
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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 continue on the four-year MEng degree provided that you have obtained at least 55% in the end of year assessment. Alternatively, you can choose at that point to switch to the three-year BEng degree.

Year three

In addition to studying a number of more advanced modules, year three includes more challenging design projects that will develop your skills further. This includes major individual and group projects, both studied over the full year.

Year four (industrial placement year)

At the end of year three you will spend a year working in industry. You will gain first hand experience of the exciting challenges that are faced by product designers and manufacturing engineers, and will significantly enhance your technical skills.

During the placement, students are classed as employees of the host company, but also remain fully registered with the University and receive support from their tutor throughout the placement. The faculty has a dedicated Placements Team who work closely with Careers and Employability to support you in finding the right placement.

Year five

The project-based approach continues in year five 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.

More information

See also the Engineering and Science Foundation Year Programme.

 

Entry requirements

A levels: AAA-AAB, including maths. Art or design and technology desirable. Critical thinking and general studies excluded.

IB score: 36-34 (5 in maths at Standard Level or 6 at Higher Level, excluding maths studies)

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

View details of scholarships.

 
 

Modules

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

Compulsory

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 (for example, 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

Compulsory

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 10 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

Compulsory

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.

 
Investigatory Methods for Innovation in Engineering and Management

This module will introduce a range of methods and methodologies for studies relevant to innovation in Manufacturing and Product Development. Students will visit several companies to understand in depth how they operate and are organised. You’ll spend eight hours in lectures and time on field trips each week when studying this module.

 
Rapid Product Development

This module will cover a range of technologies involved in modern product development and the support systems needed to help reduce development time and cost of products and assemblies.

The aim of this module is to study in detail a range of rapid product development tools and technologies including specific process principles and engineering applications. You’ll spend two hours in lectures, two hours in seminars and time on a fieldtrip each week when studying this module.

 
Third Year MEng Product Design Projects

This module comprises of four projects. Through practical design work the students will be faced with the problems of managing different constraints and producing cohesive design proposals. You’ll spend 12 hours working practically 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.

 


Optional

Students must take 10 credits from this group

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 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.

 
Processing of Engineering Alloys

This module covers the principles and practice related 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. You’ll spend two hours in lectures 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 and 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.

 

AND 10 credits from this group:

Fibre Reinforced Composites Engineering

This module will give you an introduction to fibre reinforced composite materials. You will study the design, manufacture and performance of fibre-reinforced composite materials. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.

 
Human-Computer Systems

This module will provide students with a thorough understanding of the growth of IT and human computer systems. To examine the concepts and methods available for the analysis, design and evaluation of computer-based interfaces through hardware, software, task and systems design. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.

 
Lean Manufacturing

This module will provide you with knowledge and understanding of Lean Manufacturing principles related to all transactional and non-transactional processes. You will apply knowledge and understanding of waste to unfamiliar production practices and environments. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.

 
Joining Technology

This module examines, in-depth, the processes used for joining metallic (for example, steel, aluminium and titanium alloys) and non-metallic (for example, polymers and fibre reinforced composites) materials. The module will provide you with an understanding of the fundamental concepts of joining technologies. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.

 
Intelligent Fixturing and Tooling Design

The module focuses on engineering principles, methodologies, design and use of tooling and fixturing as an integral part of the manufacturing productions systems. The aims of this module are to develop knowledge, understanding and practical skills in intelligent tooling, work holding and fixturing systems for manufacture. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and two hours in practicals each week when studying this module.

 
 

Typical year four modules

Compulsory

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.

 
Company Review and Project Outline

This is an individual report-based module which seeks to develop the student’s ability to be resourceful in research, think critically, plan and present on a piece of work at a professional level.

The module prepares the student for their final year project by asking them to produce a detailed document covering the commercial/manufacturing constraints of a company. You’ll spend two hours in tutorials 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.

 
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.

 
Managing Projects

The module introduces fundamental concepts in project management. Students will gain understanding of the scope and variety of project types, understand key variables in project management and learn methods, techniques and approaches that are important in successfully managing projects to meet objectives in a wide range of contexts. You’ll spend two hours in computing sessions and two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.

 


Optional

Students must take 20 credits from this group. Year Three optional modules that students have not previously taken are also available.

Conservation and Recycling of Materials

This module will develop an appreciation of the world resources of materials, and of the factors affecting their patterns of consumption. The economics and technologies of waste disposal and of materials recycling will be examined in relation to the value to be gained by recycling. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.

 
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.

 
 
 
 

Careers

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, 90.1% 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 and EU first-degree graduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on 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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Assessment

This course includes a period of study taken in industry. During the industrial placement students will be expected to develop and maintain a skills audit of their placement activities. In addition a reflective report will be required to reflect upon the activities they have undertaken during the placement. An academic tutor will support them and will be responsible for pass/fail of the report and skills audit. It would be expected that typically 20-30hrs is devoted to this activity during the year.

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