Product Design Engineering MSc

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.

Key facts

  • MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
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Why Glasgow

  • The University of Glasgow’s School of Engineering has been delivering world-class engineering education and research for more than 150 years and is the oldest School of Engineering in the UK.
  • You will be taught jointly by the University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art. This exciting initiative will enable you to benefit from the combined resources and complementary expertise of staff of two top ranking Scottish institutions, which offer you a curriculum that is relevant to the needs of industry.
  • There are increasing pressures, from both existing and emerging world marketplaces, for products which not only respond to the needs of function, user and society, but which can be brought to market ever more rapidly through state-of-the-art development and manufacturing processes. Industries which develop, manufacture and market today's products need high-caliber graduates equipped to handle these processes with management skill and creative drive, and this programme develops graduates with these skills.
  • The studio programme explores cultural, management, perceptual, process and psychological issues, and an understanding of the role of the design engineer in society. 
  • Studio-based, student-centered learning based around design project activities. Students have access to state-of-the-art product design engineering prototyping and manufacturing processes in the PDE workshops at GSA and University of Glasgow.
  • The School of Engineering is pleased to offer prestigious scholarships for international students to study a Masters within the current Engineering portfolio. Please visit our scholarship pages for further information.

Programme structure

You will attend lectures, seminars and tutorials and take part in lab, project, team  and studio work and workshops.

Core courses

  • 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.

Optional courses

  • Software engineering
  • Instrumentation and data systems
  • The Glasgow School of Art elective (you will choose from a list of options).

Background/Aims

Projects

Entry requirements

for entry in 2014

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.

Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

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

Pre-sessional courses
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:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

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: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2014-15 (subject to change and for guidance only)

MSc

Fees on GSA home page: http://www.gsa.ac.uk/life/fees,-funding-finance/programme-fees/

 

Funding opportunities

Career prospects

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.

How to apply

Students should apply for this degree through Glasgow School of Art. The application procedures can be found at: Glasgow School of Art: how to apply.