Product Design Engineering

PRODUCT DESIGN ENGINEERING

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.

91% of Mechanical, Production & Manufacturing Engineering students were in work/study six months after finishing.

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

You will take courses in mathematics and product design engineering and study engineering fundamentals including dynamics, electronics, materials, statics, thermodynamics and engineering skills.  

These courses are complemented by design studies at the Glasgow School of Art.

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 & 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, 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.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2016

BEng

A-levels

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

Highers

  • 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 2016 once all applications have been reviewed.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Entry from S5 requires Maths and Physics at Grades A/B or B/A. Entry from S6 will require applicants to have Maths in S5 and Physics at Grades A/B or B/A by the end of S6.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include 3 HL subjects at 6,6,5. Mathematics and Physics are required at minimum HL5/SL6. Maths Studies is not acceptable for entry.

European qualifications

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

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

MEng

A-levels

  • 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.

Highers

  • 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: 3 HL subjects at 6,6,6 including Physics and Maths. SL6 may be considered for one of either Physics or Maths. (Mathematics Studies is not accepted where Maths is required).

European qualifications

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

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

Advanced entry

If you have exceptional A-level or Advanced Higher grades it's possible to gain exemption from Year 1 study and enter directly into Year 2 or follow a faster route advanced entry programme, both of which allow you to complete your degree in one year less than usual. See: Advanced entry

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): 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 (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English language: B minimum.

* 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 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: Elaine.Shortt@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:

my academic qualifications are below the requirements?

Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.

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 contact the Language Centre.

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 Fearsomengine.

Accreditation

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:

BEng

  • KIS
    Product Design Engineering: H3W2

MEng

  • 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 www.ucas.com 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 www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

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