Canterbury Christ Church University - Product Design Engineering (BEng)

Canterbury Christ Church University

Product Design Engineering (BEng)

Innovative new products and improvements to existing ones happen continuously. Within this course you’ll use existing technologies to create new solutions.You will learn to solve complex problems, research, develop and prototype your ideas to produce engineered working solutions that can be manufactured. You will also work with product designers, enabling you to use your creativity to make products look great.Our course has been designed in collaboration with industry and you’ll have excellent opportunities to develop professional engineering practice and work with a range of employers. You are also able to take control of your study focus, so if you have an innovative mind and flair for problem-solving, this course is for you. 

Entry Requirements

88-112 UCAS points (including A level or equivalent in mathematics, physics, applied science or engineering).

Further entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above (including mathematics, English language, science)
  • science can be physics, chemistry, biology or computer science.

MEng Product Design Engineering and BEng Product Design Engineering with Foundation Year are also available.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course

Career Prospects

Product Design Engineers may work in several different sectors where they are required to use their creativity to develop new products and improve existing ones. They research ideas and processes that lead to new product development or transfer existing technology to new uses. They apply innovation and they generally work in multi-disciplinary teams alongside design teams, materials engineers, manufacturing engineers and mechanical engineers to make the solution a reality. They see a product transform from an idea at the conception stage right through to mass production. They work closely with the end users and customers to realise the market needs.

There are many industries and companies with roles that could involve things like:

  • Innovating bathroom fittings for all users (able, elderly and/or disabled users)
  • Conceiving and designing new street lighting that meets European and local heritage standards
  • Researching and developing solutions to support disaster recovery, health and hygiene for remote areas
  • Creating new packaging solutions for a variety of high-end products to protect the products during the delivery process
  • Designing tools, moulds, jigs and fittings for CNC machines for a part for mass production
  • Generate concept, design and prototype new products for example folding sustainable coffee cups
  • Prototype engineering toys for the domestic market.

Product design engineers are sought after by a wide variety of industries for example:

  • Embedded systems suppliers: designing the casing for electronics, from laptop case to WiFi router box
  • Engineering fabrication workshops: designing, manufacturing and fabricating bespoke one-off parts and prototypes for a variety of customers.
  • Financial organisations: design engineers are also highly sought after for their data processing and investigating abilities for industry audits, accountancy and consultancy
  • Legal sector for technical reviewing, advising, and approving patents.

Please note that some career paths are subject to further academic study and qualifications may require industrial sponsorship or be dependent on the employer and the economic or sector demand.

Course Details

The hands-on learning throughout the course developed on and off campus and through on-line learning will develop your practical problem-solving approach. This makes up 40-60% of each year of study so you can be a confident, work-ready engineer by the time you graduate.

You'll start by learning the essentials of mechanical related engineering, engineering evaluation, concept generation, design, prototype and testing real problems. You'll also develop your confidence in applying the fundamental science (laws of physics), mathematics and statistics principles, and computing skills in context to engineering. Through on and off campus and on-line learning, engineering laboratories and workshops you'll put theory into practice and you'll have the opportunity to work collaboratively on a group project in your first year.

As you progress through the degree, you'll be supported to gain specialist skills and knowledge in areas such as engineering product life cycle, CAD tools, Industry 4.0 technology, manufacturing control, instrumentation, and communication systems

In the final year, you'll work independently and collaboratively as part of a team on a major design engineering project.

The strong focus we place on preparing you for employment means you'll have an opportunity to undertake a work placement developing relationships within an inclusive engineering organisation. Where you can demonstrate and share your skills to make your mark on a live project and further develop your transferable skills to help your CV stand out from the crowd.

Year 1

Professional Practical Engineering (with Mechatronics Project)
Mathematics & Computing for Engineers
Introduction to Engineering Design
Introduction to Electro-Mechanical Systems and Practice
Introduction to Material Engineering Characteristics & Manufacture
Placement Module

Year 2

Engineering Product Lifecycle
Computer Aided Engineering and Design
Dynamics of Solid Mechanics and Materials
Human Factors in Designing Systems/Products
Manufacturing Control, Instrumentation, and Communication Systems
Placement Module

Year 3

Professional Product Design Engineering Project
FEA for Mechanics and Materials
Design for Rapid Prototyping, Pattern, Moulding and Tooling
Design and Analysis for Automated Manufacture
Industry 4.0 for Manufacture
Placement Module

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