This programme brings together product design creativity with the technical knowledge and skills of engineering. Students develop as technically competent industrial designers, 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.
The degree is strongly project-based. You will work on many design projects of increasing complexity. In Year One, you will also study core engineering subjects. It gives you a broad and extended education at an advanced level, combining user-centred product design creativity with key aspects of engineering. You will graduate well-placed to play an important role in new product development, a top management priority in the industry today.
Programme in detail
The three-year BEng Industrial Design 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.
During Year One you will study design communication and carry out initial ‘design, build and test’ projects individually and as a team member. Year One introduces 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.
The MEng programme provides students with additional breadth in modern theory, methodologies and best practices in new product development and visualisation.
It is a four-year MEng programme that gives you a broad and extended education at an advanced level, combining user-centred product design creativity with key aspects of engineering. With a good knowledge of the process and management of design, graduates are well placed to play an important role in new product development, which is a top management priority in industry today.
Years One and Two of study are common with the Industrial Design BEng programme (3D52). Years Three and Four offer an enhanced learning experience with dedicated MEng design, development, visualisation and simulation projects.
Design Year in London
You can spend your third year in London via our new undergraduate Design Year in London pathway. Drawing on our established strengths in Architecture, Industrial Design and Urban Planning, this pathway emphasises interdisciplinarity and industry connectivity, as well as the chance to work with virtual design and engineering technologies. Find out more here.
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
97% of our graduates are in work/study six months after graduation (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)
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 turbines 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 our BEng/MEng degree programmes are accredited, or preparing for accreditation, by at least one professional institution, providing you with a solid foundation for your career. A MEng degree from Liverpool satisfies the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).