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2024/25 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Product Design (For students entering from September 2024 onwards)

Programme code:BSMECH/PD-RUCAS code:H795
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Professor Alison McKay Contact address:A.McKay@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

Entry Requirements are available on the Course Search entry

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Mechanical Engineering

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Professional Body Offering Accreditation:

Yes, Programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED)

Programme specification:

The information on this page is accurate for students entering the programme from September 2024. For students who entered the programme before September 2024, you can find the details of your programme: BSc Product Design

The programme develops knowledge and transferable skills in the combined areas of applied technology and design. Graduates have knowledge, technical literacy, and personal skills such as creativity and team-working, essential to their future working success.

Two themes [artefact and design process] are drawn together through a project core in which students will conceive, design and prototype physical products. Topics covered include engineering science and technology, aesthetics, psychology, identification of customer needs and business management. The curriculum focuses on the skills and knowledge needed by design professionals and is delivered in a learning environment that bridges the academic and professional worlds.

The Design Studio provides a tailored environment for the acquisition of skills relevant to industry and facilitates creative interactions between students and staff across work groups, academic years and departments. Project work undertaken within the studio develops key transferable skills such as oral and visual communication, team working and research techniques. In addition, project work provides a framework for the development of design specific skills and knowledge, such as Concept Development, CAD and Rapid Prototyping. A synergistic approach to projects, drawing together streams of activity including theory, practical study and research ensures a focussed environment for students to achieve learning outcomes.

Such an approach also provides a platform for students to build industry relevant portfolios illustrating the skills, knowledge and competencies they possess and providing them with the ability to competently present such work to peers, academics and professionals.

Interaction with a diverse range of tutors, including cross faculty module leaders, and industry professionals encourages students to reflect upon their approach to design work and supports the development of frameworks enabling them to appraise critically their responses to projects. This process is formalised via the development of self-directed Personal Development Plans (PDPs) that are introduced in Level 2.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules

MECH1280Engineering Materials20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PDES1185Contextual Studies and Ergonomics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PDES1195Engineering Analysis for Product Designers20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PDES1370Basic Electronics for Product Design20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PDES1510Design Studio 140 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

We are currently refreshing our courses to make sure students have the best possible experience. Full module details for years 2 and 3 are not yet available. Before you enter years 2 and 3 details of modules for those years will be provided.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules

PDES2220Design Studio 240 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PDES2230Creativity in Professional Practice20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PDES2515Design for Manufacture for Product Designers20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PDES2525Advanced Electronics for Product Design20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study either the following 20 credit optional module, or 20 credits discovery modules evenly distributed along both semesters:

MECH2640Economics and Management20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Discovery modules:


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

We are currently refreshing our courses to make sure students have the best possible experience. Full module details for year 3 are not yet available. Before you enter year 3 full details of modules for that year will be provided.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules

MECH3775Additive Manufacturing20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PDES3110Design Project60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PDES3175Mechanical Systems20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PDES3180Experience Design & User Interaction20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Last updated: 22/03/2024 14:00:49

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