Product Design Engineering with a Year in Industry MEng (Hons)

Key information


  • Course length: 5 years
  • UCAS code: HW27
  • Year of entry: 2021
  • Typical offer: A-level : AAA / IB : 35 / BTEC : Not accepted without grade A in A Level Mathematics
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Product Design Engineering with a Year in Industry MEng (Hons) brings together the disciplines of Design Engineering and New Product Development. As such, it builds on a combination of key elements of the school’s Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design programmes. Also, a year in Industry offers the opportunity for students to apply academic knowledge and professional skills in a real-life engineering practice.

The result is a truly modern engineering degree that will provide individuals with an excellent technical grounding in engineering and a specialisation in design engineering and new product development, as well as practical working skills, preparing students for a successful career in industry.

Programme in detail

Product Design Engineering with a Year in Industry MEng (Hons) brings together the traditional discipline of Design Engineering and New Product Development.

As such, it builds on a combination of key elements of the school’s Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design programmes. Also, a year in Industry offers the opportunity for students to apply academic knowledge and professional skills in a real-life engineering practice. The result is a truly modern engineering degree that will provide individuals with an excellent technical grounding in engineering and a specialisation in design engineering and new product development, as well as practical working skills, preparing students for a successful career in industry.

The programme is largely project-based. Students will work on several design engineering projects of increasing complexity. In years one and two, students will study core engineering subjects such as solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, materials, as well as electronics and computer programming. The understanding of the fundamental knowledge of engineering science in these subjects underpins the practice of product design engineering. Students will also learn fundamental product design techniques through subjects, such as design communication, human factors, product development and project management. This gives students a broad learning experience and an extended educational spectrum at a comprehensive level, combining the latest product design techniques with wide aspects of engineering.

In years three and four, students move on to study advanced engineering science and work on complex design engineering projects that reflect real life in industry. Unique to this programme, students will undertake a 300-hour individual product design engineering project on a topic of their choice, demonstrating design and engineering knowledge as well as practical design skills. The most important element of the MEng programme is the two-year Capstone project in years three and four, which are designed to transform students from novice design engineers into professionals.

The Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) philosophy of teaching Design and Engineering to create Design Engineers for the future is adopted across all years of this programme. The blending of traditional technical knowledge delivery and teaching with hands-on project work is used to reinforce the understanding, comprehension and application of what has been learned in a practical context.

Work placement/Year in industry

Students will spend a year of their degree on a work placement, approved by the School of Engineering, normally in an engineering or design-relevant industry or role. The Product Design Engineering with a Year in Industry MEng (Hons) programme is available to all students*. Whilst the School of Engineering and the University will provide the necessary support and guidance, it is the responsibility of the student to secure an industrial placement. Applicants should note that industrial placements are highly sought after and competition to be accepted into one can be significant. They therefore cannot be guaranteed. Students who fail to secure a suitable placement offer will transfer back to the standard version of the programme without a year in industry.

*Overseas students are applicable, though restrictions may apply.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

267 Year One undergraduates in 2018

UK league tables

Ranked 14th (Aerospace) in the Sunday Times/Times University Guide 2019

Graduate prospects

97% of our graduates are in work/study six months after graduation (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17) and 100% of Mechanical Engineering MEng students employed after graduation (unistats.co.uk 2018).

Why this subject?

Choose a degree that prepares you to be a modern engineer for the future

You’ll benefit from research-led teaching, conducted in collaboration with industry, government, research laboratories and academics.

Benefit from learning in outstanding facilities

Our £32 million redevelopment includes the award-winning Active Learning Laboratory, two research-standard full motion flight simulators (one of which is unique within the academic world), manufacturing robotics, wind tunnels and a water flume.

Shape our flexible programmes around you

Specialise in one discipline or develop a broad skill base across all engineering disciplines.

Gain professional accreditation

All of our BEng/MEng degree programmes are accredited, or preparing for accreditation, by at least one professional engineering institution, providing you with a solid foundation for your career. An MEng degree in aerospace, civil and mechanical engineering from Liverpool, satisfies all of the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). We have excellent links with the professional engineering institutions and benefit from their support.