Product Design Engineering BEng

Key information


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This programme 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.

The result is a truly modern engineering degree that will provide individuals with a solid technical grounding in engineering and a specialisation in design engineering and new product development, preparing students for a successful career in industry.

Programme in detail

Product Design Engineering BEng (Hons) brings together the traditional discipline of Design Engineering and New Product Development.

As such, the programme is built on a combination of key elements of the school’s Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design programmes. The result is a truly modern engineering degree that will provide individuals with a solid technical grounding in engineering and a specialisation in design engineering and in product development, 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 year three, 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 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.

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.