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Industrial Design

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    Master of Engineering

    Master of Engineering, MEng, is an integrated master’s degree which combines undergraduate and postgraduate study into a single course.

    Course overview

    This programme brings together product design creativity with the technical knowledge and skills of engineering. You will develop as a technically competent industrial designer, benefiting from the very latest in new product development techniques. The result is a modern engineering degree that will equip you with an excellent technical and creative grounding for a successful career in designing and developing new products.


    This four-year Industrial Design programme gives you a solid understanding of core engineering subjects providing you with a broad understanding of user-centered product design, key aspects of engineering, modern theory methodologies and best practices in new product development and visualisation.

    With a good knowledge of the process and management of design, you will be well placed to play an important role in new product development, which is a top management priority in industry today.

    What you'll learn

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


    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


    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


    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


    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.


    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.​


    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.


    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


    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.

    Energy Science (ENGG116)

    Credits: 15 / Semester: whole session

    Professional Engineering: a skills toolkit (ENGG111)

    Credits: 30 / Semester: whole session

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

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    Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

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

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

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    • A dedicated languages degree
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    • Language modules (selected degrees)
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    Study as a bachelor's degree

    This course is also available as a three year BEng (Hons) programme.

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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

    UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)
    Full-time place, per year £9,250
    Year abroad fee £1,385
    International fees
    Full-time place, per year £25,750
    Year abroad fee £12,875
    Fees stated are for the 2023-24 academic year.

    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.

    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.

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    Your qualification Requirements

    About our typical entry requirements

    A levels

    AAB 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 ABB 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: For science A levels that include the separately graded practical endorsement, a "Pass" is required.

    BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

    Acceptable at grade Distinction alongside AB in A Level Mathematics and a second science.

    BTEC Level 3 Diploma

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

    BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

    Not accepted without grade A in A Level Mathematics

    International Baccalaureate

    35 overall, including 5 at Higher Level Mathematics and Physics

    Irish Leaving Certificate H1,H1,H2,H2,H2,H3, including H2 in Higher Maths and Higher Second Science. We also require a minimum of H6 in Higher English or O3 in Ordinary English.
    Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher

    Pass Scottish Advanced Highers with grades AAB including Mathematics and a second science.

    Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Acceptable at grade B alongside AA in A Level Mathematics and a second science.
    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 Not accepted
    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 MEng

    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.

    7 December 2022: Module changes

    Compulsory module list updated


    Year 1 compulsory modules


    ENGG116: Energy Science
    ENGG111: Professional Engineering: a skills toolkit



    Year 4 compulsory modules