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MDes (Hons) Product Design

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  • UCAS Code:
    3LD4
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

This integrated Master’s is a new course that draws on all of our experience and the success we have had with both our BSc (Hons) Product Design degree and our BA (Hons) Product Design degree. The advantage of undertaking an integrated Master's is that you are eligible for a tuition fee loan for the entire course, including the postgraduate element – an option not available if you study a traditional Bachelor's degree followed by a standalone Master's.

This degree has been accredited as fulfilling the requirements for Chartered Technological Product Designer (CTPD). You will be entitled to free membership of the IED and receive their bi-monthly journal free of charge, too.

You'll follow the same programme as the BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) Product Design until your final year, with both of these courses designed to provide you with the skills you'll need to develop successful commercial products. This degree offers a well-balanced mix of practical experience and theoretical study of product design, ensuring that you leave with an excellent understanding of how products are made. This knowledge can inform your designs, allowing you to consider the practicalities of producing a design, as well as its overall function and appearance. 91% of our final year students think the course is intellectually stimulating. Join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an open day.

The opportunity to undertake a work placement in the third year of your course will give you invaluable experience of the industry, enabling you to further develop your skills and ensuring that you have practical experience and industry contacts once you graduate.

For 2019 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses. This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in August 2018 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO 2017), Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

5 years full-time with a minimum 30-week placement or 4 years full-time. You will be enrolled onto the 5 year degree, but can opt out of the placement year

Accreditations:

Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).MDes Product Design accredited as fulfilling requirements for Chartered Technological Product Designer (CTPD).BA/BSc Product Design accredited as fulfilling requirements for Registered Product Designer (RProdDes)

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2018 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components) or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

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Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course. As an indication, 83% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Download the programme specification (pdf 2.9mb)

Placements

The placement provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain first-hand industry experience. Experience gained on the placement is invaluable in helping students to make informed decisions about their future career path, as well as enhancing employment prospects upon graduation. We provide a great deal of help and support to ensure you achieve a rewarding and satisfying placement.

The experience that you will gain during your placement is invaluable in helping to make informed decisions about your future career path, as well as enhancing employment prospects upon graduation. During the placement year you will have the chance to develop your interpersonal skills and build on the theory and knowledge you have gained so far. Many of our students are offered permanent jobs after graduation by their placement companies.

What’s more, you can also choose to take your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

The overall philosophy of this course is to produce graduates who, starting from an initial need, can design and develop well considered and potentially commercial products. Therefore, the ability of the applicant to think both laterally and logically, in both artistic and scientific domains is crucial in order to satisfy aesthetic, ergonomic, technological, manufacturing, standards and economic criteria.

In addition to the need for a broad basic knowledge and the ability to communicate in a wide range of disciplines, is the recognition that applicants must be able to think both creatively and analytically. The applicant must also have a desire to be able to learn about design by producing working prototypes of their solutions.

Experience of CAD would be beneficial although not essential.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

This course combines practical skills, academic knowledge and excellent work experience to give you a head start once you begin your job search. Learning about the practicalities involved with making actual products will give you a true overview of the production process, preparing you for work at every level from designer through to production manager. And of course you will have a Masters of Design Postgraduate qualification that is accredited by the IED on behalf of the Engineering Council.

After graduation, you can use the IED job board to post your CV, and you'll get reduced membership rates.

Statistics show that 87% of our Product Design graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating.

Festival of Design & Engineering

Our annual Festival of Design & Engineering is where our final year Design and Engineering students exhibit their prototypes and projects. This is one of BU’s longest-running events, giving the public and potential employers an insight into how our students’ work might make a difference in the future.

Many of their projects are a direct result of industry collaboration – offering a solution to a real-life problem, and resulting from practical issues experienced during placement years.

Find out more about the Festival of Design & EngineeringBook tickets for the Festival of Design & Engineering

Our staff

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the product design sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be.  You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student; see our Belong+ pages for more information.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Course changes

What our students say

Sophia Anoa

The knowledgeable staff and holistic approach to the industry really appealed to me. I love the variety on my course – I’ve covered everything from model making to business studies.

What our students say

Graham Friend

One particularly special and fairly unique trait at BU is that students are required to make a fully working prototype themselves.

What employers think

Anglepoise

Every year we’ve taken on a placement student and it works very well for us, gives us a different perspective and supports our technical and design capabilities.