Postgraduate taught 

Product Design Engineering MSc

PDEstudio

The Masters in Product Design Engineering, taught in collaboration with the School of Design, Glasgow School of Art will develop your ability to design products with significant engineering content, address user needs, and optimise solutions for specific markets.

Key information

Why this programme

  • This exciting programme will enable you to benefit from the combined resources and complementary expertise of staff of two top ranking Scottish institutions, University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art.
  • 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.
  • 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, offering a curriculum relevant to the needs of industry and an understanding of the role of the design engineer in society.
  • The University of Glasgow’s School of Engineering has been delivering engineering education and research for more than 150 years and is the oldest School of Engineering in the UK.

Programme structure

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

Core courses

  • Advanced manufacture
  • Core research skills for postgraduates
  • Human factors
  • Integrated engineering design
  • Micro-electronics in consumer products 
  • Product design engineering introduction project
  • MSc project.

Optional courses

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

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Legal statements: Disclaimer.

Career prospects

Career opportunities include product research and development, system design, product manufacture and engineering design. The programme aims to provide opportunities to work on live projects with industry: this can lead to employment opportunities. Examples of companies that employ our Product Design Engineering graduates are Apple, DELL, Dyson, Jaguar-Land Rover, TomTom and Smart.

Accreditation

The MSc Product Design Engineering is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineering. 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.

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.

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:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit 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 English for Academic Study Unit 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


 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017-18

MSc

Fees available from the Glasgow School of Art.

Fees are subject to change and for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for submission by a research student: £460
  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £300
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work: £1,000
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £200
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship: £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period): £260
  • Registration/exam only fee: £110
  • General Council fee: £50

Funding opportunities

Chongqing University

The College of Science and engineering offer discounts to Chongqing University graduates who wish to complete an Engineering taught Masters programme at the University of Glasgow. Graduates enrolling at the University will receive a 10% discount. Graduates who completed a Study Abroad year at the University of Glasgow and who wish to continue on to a Masters programme will receive a 15% discount.

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UoG SIT Alumni Scholarship

Eligible University of Glasgow students of the collaborative programmes in partnership with Singapore Institute of Technology will be awarded a scholarship, in the form of a tuition fee discount, to study an MSc within the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Glasgow’s home campus.

Students with a First-Class Honours BSc or BEng degree will be awarded a UoG-SIT Scholarship of £3500 (S$7,000*).

Students with an Upper Second-Class Honours BSc or BEng degree will be awarded a UoG-SIT Scholarship of £2500 (S$5,000*).

* Values in S$ subject to change depending on exchange rate at the date of payment.

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Thomas Blake Glover Scholarship 2017 to Japan

This scholarship is open to UG/PG students and has the following objectives: 

  • To provide young persons from Scotland with an opportunity to  study Japanese language at an accredited institution.  Return flights to and from Japan, all tuition fees, accommodation and appropriate subsistence will be provided.
  • To offer the opportunity for the selected candidate to gain insight into the life and culture of Japanese society through a customized study period following the end of classes.
  • To provide a basic working foundation for future professional links with Japan. 

Full details of the eligibility criteria and application process can be found on the downloadable document.

This scholarship is open to UG/PG students and has the following objectives:

  • To provide young persons from Scotland with an opportunity to  study Japanese language at an accredited institution.  Return flights to and from Japan, all tuition fees, accommodation and appropriate subsistence will be provided.
  • To offer the opportunity for the selected candidate to gain insight into the life and culture of Japanese society through a customized study period following the end of classes.
  • To provide a basic working foundation for future professional links with Japan.

Full details of the eligibility criteria and application process can be found on the downloadable document

http://www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_428653_en.pdf

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College of Science and Engineering Deans' Award

The College of Science and Engineering is offering six scholarships worth £10,000 each towards tuition fees for academically excellent students wishing to study an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Taught programme within the College’s programme portfolio.

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College of Science and Engineering Graduate School

The College of Sciences and Engineering Graduate School offers a range of scholarships and funding opportunities each year.

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University of Glasgow/Glasgow International College Achievement Award

In conjunction with GIC we are pleased to reward our best-performing students who finish the Foundation or Pre-masters course with excellent grades and attendance. This is awarded as a one off tuition fee discount of £3,000

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University International Leadership Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has  20  International Leadership Scholarships available to international (non-EU) students starting a postgraduate taught Masters programme in any discipline in September 2017. The scholarships is awarded as a tuition fees discount of £10,000.

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The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

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.

ATAS: Academic Technology Approval Scheme

Please note that this programme requires ATAS. If you require a visa to study in the UK then you will need to apply for an ATAS certificate before applying for your visa or extension of stay, allowing at least four weeks (20 working days) in order to obtain it.

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) was introduced on 1 November 2007. It is used to help stop the spread of knowledge and skills that could be used in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery. This is in common with other governments around the world.

The ATAS is designed to ensure that people who are applying to study certain sensitive subjects in the UK do not have links to WMD programmes.