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BEng (Hons) Product Design Engineering with foundation year

Course summary

This exciting new programme combines the knowledge of design principles, ergonomics, engineering science and manufacturing processes to create multi-functional solutions and products.
A career in product design engineering or industrial design will mean you conduct necessary tests to determine whether a product meets all the customer requirements.
By the time you graduate, you will be able to merge your knowledge of engineering reinforced design education and analytical skillset with a sound manufacturing base, enabling you to conceive and develop innovative designs and turn them into manufacturing reality, innovative products and solutions, and profitable businesses.
The programme will also offer to all students an optional placement year that will enable you to experience the real world and effectively connect your knowledge gained at UEL with it.

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Optional placement year available

Weekly site visits

We're one of a few universities in the UK who offer weekly site visits to major engineering and construction projects in London.

Excellent facilities

You’ll enjoy superb, up-to-date facilities, including CAD suites, control and power electronics labs. UEL also has a 5 axes robot offering opportunities to experiment with large format production.

Great location

You’ll be learning within a creative hub of art, design and technical courses with advanced digital fabrication resources.


Dr Bahar Khayamian Esfahani FHEA, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons)

Programme Leader, BEng Hons Product Design Engineering

This exciting new product design engineering programme has been developed as a response to the current trends in automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, such as, augmented reality, rapid tooling and industry 4.0.  It is vitally important students attain a realistic and comprehensive knowledge of the potential influences that will contribute to their future approach to design methodology.
It is also vitally important for students to master the skills needed to rapidly prototype an idea and gain an aptitude for testing and reiterating solutions thereby allowing ideas to develop and flourish into sustainable and feasible products.

What you'll learn

The course will help you gain a solid understanding of the processes and practices of product design engineering or industrial design and help you realise the expectations that you’ll have as a design engineer within an international workplace that’s evolving at an ever-increasing pace.

Throughout the course, engagement with industry experts and real work experience will be embedded into the core elements of learning. In year one you will gain a solid grounding in manufacturing and engineering principles through the medium of lectures, workshops and laboratory experimentation.  As your knowledge increases in subsequent years, you will have the necessary tools to explore, experiment and find interesting solutions to complex problems.

By the time you graduate, you’ll be generating highly complex design solutions.You’ll be familiar with a variety of methods to produce models and prototypes, such as 3D CAD using high-end industry specification software, and model making in our traditional workshops and digital and fabrication facilities. 

What you'll study and when

  • Mental Wealth: Professional Life
  • Engineering Materials
  • Applied Mathematics and Computing
  • Thermofluids
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Principles
  • Mental Wealth: Professional Life
  • Engineering Design and Analysis
  • Quality Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary studies and group project
  • Applied Electronics
  • Design Integrated 2

This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge.

The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

  • Mental Wealth: Professional Life
  • Capstone Project
  • Advances Manufacturing Technology
  • Design of Mechatronics Systems
  • Design Integrated 3

How you'll be assessed

Your progress is continually assessed by means of various methods, for example, through personal and group tutorials and via presentations when work is appraised by a panel of teaching staff and by a peer group of students. Through these methods, as well as while carrying out activities in the workshop and laboratory, you will receive formative feedback on a regular basis. This advice is offered to assist the learning process and improve the quality of work before final hand-in. The modules are assessed differently, some through assignment and exam, others through assignment alone.
Design modules require a series of presentations for each project throughout the course. You will be asked to present your work to your colleagues and teachers highlighting details relating to your primary research, to concept developments, and to the fabrication of design(s), as well as a concluding pitch of your chosen final design. You will also develop a creative portfolio of work.

How you'll learn

You will be joining a creative hub of innovative engineers and designers based within the College of Arts, Technology and Innovation.  You’ll be able to observe other design projects, share ideas, and participate in interdisciplinary projects and competitions, such as IMechE Formula Student challenge to design and build a single-seat racing car.
The first year prepares students with a comprehensive understanding of engineering principals and this knowledge will be embedded in your approach to realising innovative designs which can be profitably manufactured and marketed.
With a personal tutor to oversee your progress, and module leaders for each part of the course, you’ll work independently, and occasionally in small groups, on design briefs and projects in our dedicated design studios. 
Our fabrication and design facilities include traditional workshops as well as computer-aided design (CAD) suites where you can use a range of two and three-dimensional programmes to produce test results and resolve your concept ideas through to final design.

Your future career

Throughout the course, you will develop a comprehensive knowledge and professional portfolio, which is your gateway to a rewarding career including,

  • Product design
  • Industrial design
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Digital fabrication
  • Product engineering
  • Engineering
  • Freelance designer

UEL has a dedicated team to forge close and strong links within industry and with businesses, and all the while supporting students with placements during study and advice with graduate employment.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

Meet us in your country

Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London.

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