From the humble can opener to the bagless vacuum cleaner, we are surrounded by products that we need for modern-day living. We take so many of these devices for granted, but have you ever stopped to think about how clever some product designs really are? If you have, you will appreciate that there’s huge scope for being radically creative – to design faster, easier and at minimum cost.
On this course you can:
This course has been accredited as fulfilling the requirements for membership of the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). It has also been accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for Incorporated Engineer status (IEng). Accreditation ensures that the course maintains its academic relevance and enhances the value of your course to subsequent employers.
You can expect to find careers in the fields of computer-aided design, visualisation, product data management and other related fields.
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
I like the way our course allows students to have their own independence.
Felicity Fuller, BSc (Hons) Product Design and Innovation student 2013
Hear Chris, one of our product design students, talk about the exciting opportunities he has to undertake real-life projects with clients such as Anglepoise and how this adds to his learning experience by giving him:
You will be introduced to the concept of product design and innovation as well as computer aided product design. Also we’ll work on bridging any gaps in your artistic and technical knowledge, providing an all round basis for further study.
Core units in this year include:
In this year you will be given choices in the direction of your studies. You’ll have the option of these two routes of study: Computer Aided Product Design or Product Design and Innovation.
Core units in this year include:
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
In your final year you will have the opportunity to put into practice all your new skills in both group and individual project work. There is also a range of topics covered for you to really cement your knowledge of product design.
Core units in this year include:
*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials (personal and academic), laboratory and project work, CAD system activity and open access study. The course has a strong practical emphasis and we pride ourselves on working at the leading-edge of technology and learning practices.
The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
A range of assessment methods encourages a deeper understanding of engineering and allows you to develop your skills. Here’s how we assess your work:
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
For us, a successful graduate is somebody who has the ability to apply the knowledge from this course in the most efficient way possible. We make sure of this through problem based learning, by enabling you to think outside the box and always look at the greater picture of what you are doing and not just the task at hand.
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We offer you a range of labs such as the Analogue Electronics and Control Engineering Laboratory and the Telecommunications and Signal Processing Laboratory. From Digital Signal Processing (DSP) kits to walking robots, all are well-equipped with industry-standard experimental and computational facilities.
As well as purpose-built studios for our material workshops, we also have a variety of digital studios. Design, construct and trial your product designs – it’s important for you to envisage how things work and are made to become a good designer. Our design facilities can cater to whatever project you are working on.
Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.
There will be occasional trips to London for which you will be asked to contribute £25 a trip.
A career in product design promises to be challenging, fulfilling and well paid. Whether you are designing a new food container, part of a computer or maybe the next generation of mobile phones, there is no doubt that your career will bring you an incredible sense of satisfaction as well as achievement.
You’ll be able to offer knowledge and experience in manufacturing design in addition to proof of your creativity. With such skills you could find work in the manufacturing, service and engineering industries, design management and consultancy companies.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
Taking a placement year in industry could be one of the best decisions you make as more often than not, it leads to further opportunities after graduation. SPEC, our Student Placement and Employability Centre, not only helps you to arrange your placement but acts as a source of information and guidance throughout the recruitment process and beyond. We help on anything and everything related to employability skills as well as assisting you in gaining other types of work experience.
Here are some examples of the roles our students have secured for their placements:
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
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To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.
After you apply, we'll invite you to an Applicant Experience Day where you’ll get to speak to lecturers and meet your future classmates.
Come to an Open Day and explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.