The Masters in Product Design Engineering will develop your ability to design products with significant engineering content, addressing user needs and optimising designs for specific markets.
- This is the only programme of its kind in Scotland and is a joint programme between the University and The Glasgow School of Art.
- You will have the opportunity to visit relevant companies and benefit from guest lectures, workshops and seminars. You may be able to undertake your final project in collaboration with industry.
- The studio programme explores cultural, management, perceptual, process and psychological issues, and an understanding of the role of the design engineer in society.
- MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
You will attend lectures, seminars and tutorials and take part in lab, project, team and studio work and workshops.
- Core research skills for postgraduates
- Product design engineering introduction project
- Advanced manufacture
- Micro-electronics in consumer products
- Human factors
- Integrated engineering design
- MSc final project.
- Software engineering
- Instrumentation and data systems
- The Glasgow School of Art elective (you will choose from a list of options).
Career opportunities include product research and development, system design, product manufacture and engineering design. Examples of companies that employ our Product Design Engineering graduates are Apple, DELL, Dyson, Jaguar-Land Rover, TomTom and Smart.
Academic entry requirements
Entry requirements are normally a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent (eg GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject area (product design engineering, mechanical engineering, electronic and electrical engineering being of particular relevance) or equivalent professional practice. Depending on your previous experience and qualifications you may be asked to complete a design engineering assignment as part of your application.
International students with academic qualifications below those required should
contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who
offer a range of foundation courses.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: firstname.lastname@example.org