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Bachelor of Engineering

A Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) is a bachelor’s degree awarded for an undergraduate programme in engineering.

Course overview

The Industrial Design BEng programme brings together the qualitative decision-making typical of arts-based industrial design with the quantitative and technical acumen of engineering. The result is a truly modern engineering degree that will provide individuals with an excellent technical and creative grounding for a successful career in and around the exciting discipline of designing and developing new products.

Introduction

This course has been specifically designed to respond to the increasingly multi-disciplinary nature of new product development and the demand for articulate, high-calibre engineering graduates that are capable of operating professionally in both a creative and a technical capacity.

You will study the latest industrial and product design engineering techniques, materials and manufacturing processes, modern information technology, management, business and entrepreneurial practices. You will develop skills, ability and knowledge processes in 3D designing, prototyping and production techniques for a successful career in this discipline. This programme brings together the traditional discipline of engineering and the very latest in new product techniques.

During year one you will study design communication and carry out the initial design, build and test projects individually and as part of a team. You will be introduced to core engineering subjects including mechanics of solids, thermodynamics and mechanics of fluids, electrical circuits and systems and digital electronics.

Unique to this programme, final year individual projects are student conceived and based on the development of a commercially viable product design or innovation. This provides an opportunity to pursue a personal interest.

What you'll learn

  • The latest industrial and product design engineering techniques
  • 3D designing, prototyping and production techniques
  • Traditional discipline of engineering

Accreditation

Our Industrial Design programmes are accredited, or pending accreditation, by our professional body, the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED), for the purpose of meeting the academic requirements for professional registration as Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Chartered Technological Product Designer (CTPD).

Accreditations in detail

Accreditations

Our Industrial Design programmes are accredited, or pending accreditation, by our professional body, the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED), for the purpose of meeting the academic requirements for professional registration as Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Chartered Technological Product Designer (CTPD).

Course content

Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Year one

Compulsory modules

DESIGN COMMUNICATION (ENGG115)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 2

This module provides students with essential foundational skills in effective hand sketching, visualisation, and final presentation of design ideas. Students are instructed in principles, examples, and demonstrations regarding the use of a variety of design communication media and techniques, for the purposes of conceiving, developing and presenting product design ideas.

Electrical Circuits for Engineers (ELEC121)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

​To provide students with a basic understanding of electronics from first principles covering analogue and electromechanical systems. Basic circuits and theory will be introduced including the use of semiconductor devices such as diodes and transistors. Electromechanics will be developed to provide the student with a fundamental knowledge of the principles of DC and AC machines, transformers and linear actuators

ELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEMS (ENGG121)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 2

To provide students with a basic understanding of modelling and simulation techniques. Mathematical modelling and graph theory will be introduced to develop practical skills in the modelling and designing of different types of systems including electromechanical systems.

FLUID MECHANICS (ENGG113)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

This module introduces fluid mechanics to the First Year Undergradute students, describes the fundamental principles of fluid property, dimension analysis, hydrostatics and hydrodynamics. Students will be able to solve simple engineering problems involves steady fluid flow.

INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS AND PROGRAMMING FOR ENGINEERS (ENGG185)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

This module introduces students to the basic concepts and principles of elementary statistics and programming. It explains the purposes and advantages of analysing data collected specifically to solve problems in engineering, reviews available software tools and programming languages used to formulate and answer basic engineering questions. It draws on examples from applications across the range of School of Engineering program areas.​

INTRODUCTION TO STRUCTURAL MATERIALS (ENGG108)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

​​​This module introduces students to important mechanical properties of metallic alloys, polymers, ceramics, construction materials and composites used in engineering industry. It also introduces the mechanical testing techniques used to measure such properties, the common mechanisms of materials and component failure in use, and some appreciation of materials processing. The laboratory sessions are designed to familiase students with engineering laboratory methods and procedures, as well as providing an experience of hands-on mechanical testing techniques.

ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS (MATH198)

Credits: 22.5 / Semester: whole session

MATH198 is a Year 1 mathematics module for students of programmes taught in the School of Engineering, e.g. Aerospace, Civil, Mechanical or Industrial Design Engineering. It is designed to reinforce and build upon A-level mathematics, providing you with the strong background required in your engineering studies and preparing you for the Year 2 mathematics module MATH299 (Mathematics engineering II). In the first semester, the foundations are laid: differential calculus, vector algebra, integration and applications. Semester two covers complex numbers, differential equations, Laplace transformations and functions of two variables

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN A (MECH113)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module provides students with an introduction to mechanical design and the skills required by a professional engineer.

The module is configured around a group design project but is enhanced with lecture material and practical exercises to introduction to mechanical design and the skills required by a professional engineer.

The module is configured around a group design project but is enhanced with lecture material and practical exercises to introduce skills such as technical drawing, data analysis and technical writing.

The majority of these are brought together through their application to the design project that runs alongside them.

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT 1 (ENGG114)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This module provides students with a hands-on introduction to industrial design and new product development, and the skills required by a technical product designer. The module is configured around an industrial design studio-based project but is enhanced with lecture material and practical exercises to introduce skills such as report writing, oral presentation, computer-aided design, analysis of engineering mechanisms and components, and physical sketch modelling of design ideas. The majority of these are brought together through their application to the design project that runs alongside them.

SOLIDS AND STRUCTURES 1 (ENGG110)

Credits: 15 / Semester: whole session

This module aims to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and theory of how engineering structures work to sustain loads. It will also show how stress analysis leads to the design of safer structures. It will also provide students with the means to analyse and design basic structural elements as used in modern engineering structures.

THERMODYNAMICS I (ENGG112)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 2

The module provides an introduction to the laws of thermodynamics which are essential to understanding many branches of engineering.  The module will be taught through reference to everyday examples and applications drawn from aerospace, civil and mechanical engineering.

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Our curriculum

The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

  • Digital fluency
  • Confidence
  • Global citizenship

Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

  • Research-connected teaching
  • Active learning
  • Authentic assessment

All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Course options

Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.

Global Opportunities

University of Liverpool students can choose from an exciting range of study placements at partner universities worldwide.

What's available on this course?

Year in China

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture on an optional additional year at Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University in stunning Suzhou.

  • Learn Chinese
  • Study in a bustling world heritage city
  • Improve employment prospects
  • Study Chinese culture
  • 30 minutes from Shanghai
  • Learn new skills

Read more about Year at XJTLU, China

Language study

Every student at The University of Liverpool can study a language as part of, or alongside their degree. You can choose:

  • A dedicated languages degree
  • A language as a joint or major/ minor degree
  • Language modules (selected degrees)
  • Language classes alongside your studies

Read more about studying a language

Study as part of XJTLU 2+2

Students studying Industrial Design BEng at XJTLU can study this course at the University of Liverpool. Read more about Industrial Design BEng (Hons) as part of the 2+2 programme.

The natural next step for ambitious XJTLU students who want to build a brilliant career.

  • Spend two years at the University of Liverpool campus
  • Improve your prospects of progressing to postgraduate study at a top 100 university
  • Receive two degrees: one from XJTLU, one from the University of Liverpool
  • Get support with visas, accommodation and your career.

Read more about the 2+2 programme.

Study as a Master's degree

This course is also available as a four year MEng programme.

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Your experience

Your course will be delivered by the School of Engineering, which is home to world-class teaching and learning facilities, designed to provide for the distinctive way engineering students engage actively with their learning process. The school’s impressive specialist engineering research facilities also provide the setting for practical work and many student projects.

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Careers and employability

Our degrees provide pathways into rewarding careers and our graduates have found employment in a wide range of international industries and organisations. As well as achieving a degree qualification, you will graduate as an industry-ready engineer who has both practical experience and highly desirable skills in the engineering industry.

The Careers and employability service maximises opportunities for career prospects, graduate opportunities, student summer placements and the annual engineering career fair with 30 blue-chip companies attending including Jaguar Land Rover, Nestle, Toyota, JCB and the British Army.

Our research-led teaching ensures that we incorporate the latest advances in cutting-edge engineering research. 95% of our research is deemed world-leading or internationally excellent and is highly regarded by engineering industries and partners.

4 in 5 of our engineering students find their main activity after graduation meaningful.

Graduate Outcomes, 2018-19.

Recent employers

  • ABB Ltd
  • Airbus
  • Arup
  • Atkins
  • BAE Systems
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Bentley
  • BMI
  • British Airways
  • British Army
  • Corus
  • Costain
  • Government organisations
  • Halcrow
  • Highways Agency
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Metronet Rail
  • Mott Macdonald
  • Mouchel
  • National Grid Transco
  • National Nuclear Laboratory
  • Network Rail
  • Pilkington
  • QinetiQ
  • RAF
  • Ramboll
  • Rolls Royce
  • Royal Haskoning
  • Royal Navy
  • Siemens
  • Tarmac
  • United Utilities

Preparing you for future success

At Liverpool, our goal is to support you to build your intellectual, social, and cultural capital so that you graduate as a socially-conscious global citizen who is prepared for future success. We achieve this by:

  • Embedding employability within your , through the modules you take and the opportunities to gain real-world experience offered by many of our courses.
  • Providing you with opportunities to gain experience and develop connections with people and organisations, including student and graduate employers as well as our global alumni.
  • Providing you with the latest tools and skills to thrive in a competitive world, including access to Handshake, a platform which allows you to create your personalised job shortlist and apply with ease.
  • Supporting you through our peer-to-peer led Careers Studio, where our career coaches provide you with tailored advice and support.

Fees and funding

Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support. Learn more about tuition fees, funding and student finance.

UK fees
Also applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland
Full-time place, per year £9,250
Year in industry fee £1,850
Year abroad fee £1,385
International fees
Full-time place, per year £24,500
Fees stated are for the 2022-23 academic year.

Additional costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This may include a laptop, books, or stationery. All safety equipment, other than boots, is provided free of charge by the department.

Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

Additional study costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This may include a laptop, books, or stationery. All safety equipment, other than boots, is provided free of charge by the department.

Find out more about additional study costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover tuition fees and help with living expenses while at university.

Scholarships and bursaries you can apply for from the United Kingdom

Entry requirements

The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.

Your qualification Requirements

About our typical entry requirements

A levels

ABB including Mathematics and a second Science.

Applicants with the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) are eligible for a reduction in grade requirements. For this course, the offer is BBB with A in the EPQ.

You may automatically qualify for reduced entry requirements through our contextual offers scheme.

If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be able to complete a foundation year which would allow you to progress to this course.

Available foundation years:

GCSE 4/C in English and 4/C in Mathematics
Subject requirements

Mathematics and a second science.

Applicants following the modular Mathematics A Level must be studying A Level Physics or Further Mathematics as the second science (or must be studying at least one Mechanics module in their Mathematics A Level).

Accepted Science subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Economics, Electronics, Environmental Science, Further Mathematics, Geography, Geology, Human Biology, Physics, Statistics and Design & Technology - Product Design.

For applicants from England: Where a science has been taken at A Level (Chemistry, Biology or Physics), a pass in the Science practical of each subject will be required.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Acceptable at grade Distinction (any subject) alongside BB at A level including Mathematics and either Physics or Further Maths.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

Distinction Distinction in relevant BTEC considered alongside A Level Mathematics grade B. Accepted BTECs include Aeronautical, Aerospace, Mechanical, Mechatronics and Engineering.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

Not accepted without grade B in A Level Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate

33 overall, including 5 at Higher Level Mathematics and Physics.

Irish Leaving Certificate H1, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level, including H2 or above in Mathematics and Physics.
Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher

Pass Scottish Advanced Highers with grades ABB including Mathematics and Physics.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Acceptable at grade B alongside AB in A Level Mathematics and either Physics or Further Mathematics.
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma D3 in Cambridge Pre U Principal Subject is accepted as equivalent to A-Level grade A M2 in Cambridge Pre U Principal Subject is accepted as equivalent to A-Level grade B Global Perspectives and Short Courses are not accepted.
Access Considered if taking a relevant subject. 42 Level 3 credits at Distinction, including 15 Level 3 credits in Mathematics is required. GCSE English and Mathematics grade C/4 or above also required.
International qualifications

Many countries have a different education system to that of the UK, meaning your qualifications may not meet our entry requirements. Completing your Foundation Certificate, such as that offered by the University of Liverpool International College, means you're guaranteed a place on your chosen course.

Contextual offers: reduced grade requirements

Based on your personal circumstances, you may automatically qualify for up to a two-grade reduction in the entry requirements needed for this course. When you apply, we consider a range of factors – such as where you live – to assess if you’re eligible for a grade reduction. You don’t have to make an application for a grade reduction – we’ll do all the work.

Find out more about how we make reduced grade offers.

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new UCAS cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

Recent changes to government policy which determine the number of students individual institutions may admit under the student number control also have a bearing on our entry requirements and acceptance levels, as this policy may result in us having fewer places than in previous years.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. For this reason, we consider a range of factors in addition to predicted grades, widening participation factors amongst other evidence provided. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted in the prospectus and on the website.

Alternative entry requirements

Changes to Industrial Design BEng (Hons)

See what updates we've made to this course since it was published. We document changes to information such as course content, entry requirements and how you'll be taught.

7 June 2022: New course pages

New course pages launched.