Product Design Engineering BEng/MEng


Product Design Engineering is jointly delivered by the University and the Glasgow School of Art and integrates engineering with design.

You will work closely with industry throughout the programme, which may lead to internship and employment opportunities. You will have the opportunity to go on fieldtrips to industrial centres of excellence.

Programme structure

You will study the same courses in the first three years whether you are on the BEng or MEng degree programme. 

Years 1 and 2

In your first year, you will take a wide-ranging curriculum which includes courses in product design engineering (delivered by the Glasgow School of Art), mathematics, dynamics, electronics, materials, statics, thermodynamics and engineering skills. These courses are supported by individual and group project work and laboratory work. This interdisciplinary approach, favoured by industry, also makes it easy to switch to another engineering discipline at the end of year 1 should you wish to do so.

Year 3

The third year develops and integrates the application of theory through structured projects, with an increased amount of studio time at the Glasgow School of Art. You will study more advanced engineering subjects at the University: materials and manufacture, dynamics, control and fluid power, heat transfer, mathematical modelling and simulation, and mechanics of materials and structures.

Years 4 and 5

In the final year of the BEng, you will propose your own programme of individual product development and prototyping, leading to concept and detailed design proposals. You will also study advanced subjects in engineering, management, manufacture and design. These include advanced materials, mechanics of solids, microelectronics and design studies.

In year 4 of the MEng degree you will follow a similar programme to the BEng, and undertake a group design project, with mechanical engineering and mechanical design engineering students. Studio activities will continue and you will study advanced subjects in design and technology engineering, management and design.

In year 5 you will work on a programme of product development and prototyping proposed by you, leading to concept and detailed design proposals. You will also study advanced manufacture, human factors, robotics and mechanics of solids.

Our international links

As part of the MEng programme there is the possibility that you may spend the fourth year in Trondheim, Norway. We are establishing links with universities to provide similar possibilities at other levels of study for MEng and BEng students.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2017

All applications to Product Design Engineering will be assessed based on the applicant’s attainment of BOTH Academic AND Non-Academic Entry Requirements



  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Mathematics and Physics.


  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAA or AAABB. S6 entry requirement = AAAAAB (S6 entry requirements only apply to applicants who achieved the minimum S5 requirements and have been made a conditional offer.)
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAAA or AAABB in S5 but have achieved at least ABBB MAY receive an offer based on S6 results. A decision will be made in March 2017 once all applications have been reviewed.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Entry from S5 requires Mathematics and Physics at Grades A/B or B/A. Entry from S6 will require applicants to have Mathematics in S5 and Physics at Grades A/B or B/A by the end of S6.

We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants, from AABB at S5/S6, based upon completion of a pre-entry programme. For pre-entry programme eligibility and adjusted grade requirements, see Access Glasgow.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include three HL subjects at 6,6,5 including Physics and Maths. SL6 may be considered for one of either Physics or Mathematics. 

European qualifications

Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: Engineering BEng European Requirements [pdf]

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.



  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAA.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAA would be considered for the BEng.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Maths and Physics.


  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAAA. S6 entry requirement = AAAAAA (S6 entry requirements only apply to applicants who achieved the minimum S5 requirements and have been made a conditional offer.)
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve a minimum of AAAA or AAABB including Maths in S5 WILL receive a conditional offer for the MEng based on S6 results. Applicants receiving these offers may be required to study Advanced Highers in relevant subjects.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Maths and Physics at Grade A.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include three HL subjects at 6,6,6 including Mathematics and Physics. SL6 may be considered for ONE of either Physics or Mathematics.

European qualifications

Typical entry requiremetns for European qualifications: Engineering MEng European Requirements [pdf]

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

Advanced Entry or Faster Route

Applicants who attain exceptional grades may be considered for Advanced Entry (commence their degree at year 2) or Faster Route (additional classes enabling them to condense a 4 year Honours degree into three years). The availability of Advanced Entry or Faster Route will vary by science subject and thus reduce the flexibility that a student has in selecting optional subjects.

Applicants who are interested in Advanced Entry or Faster Route should apply for year 2 (Y2) on their UCAS application. In the event that the specific subject is unavailable or their application is unsuccessful they will automatically be considered for year 1 entry without having to submit a separate UCAS application.

Indicative Grades for an applicant to be considered for Advanced Entry or Faster Route are:


  • A-levels: AAA at one sitting.
  • Advanced Highers: AAB at one sitting.
  • International Baccalaureate: 38 Points.

Most Engineering applicants who attain these grades would wish to study the MEng degree. Some excellent applicants, however, may choose to apply for the BEng as a three year degree instead.


  • A-levels: A*A*A at one sitting.
  • Advanced Highers: AAA at one sitting.
  • International Baccalaureate: 40 Points.

Advanced Entry / Faster Route would facilitate completion of the five year MEng degree in four years.

In all cases the mandatory requirements specified must also be met. All applicants should use the standard UCAS code but apply for Y2 entry.

Applicants may be invited for interview.

Non-Academic entry requirements

All information in your UCAS application will be considered when making our admissions decisions. This will include evidence in your personal statement and your supporting reference of your readiness for higher education and your suitability to study Product Design Engineering (PDE). Your personal statement should demonstrate:

  • A clear understanding of PDE: what it is and what a career in PDE entails;
    • A good level of Technical Awareness (Evidence of developments and challenges, and participation in personal projects and competition entries).
    • Evidence of relevant work experience or work shadowing;
    • Evidence of participating in non-academic study related courses to further your development and understanding of PDE;
    • Evidence of personal development through volunteering or community work (or any other extracurricular activities).

Adjusted entry requirements

In assessing your Academic and Non-Academic entrance requirements we do recognise that not all applicants have access to the same opportunities. Accordingly, our assessment of applications will take into consideration a wide variety of contextual factors including:

  • Has the applicant spent time in Care;
  • Where does the applicant live;
  • What school does the applicant attend;
  • Has the applicant participated in a pre-entry programme (such as Top-Up or Summer School);
  • Is the applicant an adult returning to education.

Applicants who fall into any of the above categories may receive an ‘Adjusted Offer’. An ‘Adjusted Offer’ will normally mean reduced grade requirements,  a relaxation of the Non-Academic requirements and participation in the University of Glasgow Summer school. Applicants who think they may qualify for an ‘Adjusted Offer’ should visit Access Glasgow.

Glasgow International College

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of foundation certificates.

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*: 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
  • IGCSE: English language: B minimum
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years 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:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures 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:

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.

For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.

Career prospects

PDE students benefit from excellent career prospects, ranging from leading international companies to local design and engineering studios.

Recent graduates have been employed by Apple, Bosch, Dell, Dyson, GlaxoSmithKline, Logitech, Jaguar Land Rover and TomTom.

A number of PDE graduates have also established leading design engineering consultancies, including Speck Design, 4c Design, FilamentPD and Fearsome.


These degrees are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering Designers.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:


  • KIS
    Product Design Engineering: H3W2


  • KIS
    Product Design Engineering: H3WG

BEng students who perform well may transfer to the MEng programme on completion of years 1, 2 and 3.

Fees and funding

The tuition fees for Product Design Engineering are payable to Glasgow School of Art. Find out more:

How to apply

UCAS deadlines

The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.

The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

British Sign Language

UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.  

Apply at or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.