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Course summary

This course has both eyes (and hands) on the technological side of design — the making and manufacturing of products, systems, and services. It’s a great option if you’re naturally curious about design engineering, and looking for a practical, hands-on approach. We’ll be analysing form and function in design, encouraging your creativity whilst also taking a specialist’s dive into areas like electronics and robotics, mechatronic techniques, materials testing, and manufacturing. We’ll explore the emerging trends — things like UX, smart technology, and sustainability. In product teardowns, you’ll ‘reverse engineer’ items from the inside, and then design out their flaws; on site visits, you’ll receive live project briefs from some of the industry’s biggest players, who’ll review and feedback on your work. You could even test your skills on a year-long professional placement; our previous assignments have included TATA, Samsung, Autodesk (San Francisco), and Hubs (Amsterdam). We’ve developed this course to ensure you’re not just an option for employers, but their priority. You’ll graduate with a designer’s eye for innovation, an engineer’s skill in manufacturing, and a CEO’s appetite for the bottom line. That’s a powerful package — and it’s why our graduates secure work with companies like Dyson, Disney, Unilever, and McLaren F1. Why choose this course?

  • You’ll be part of a genuine community. Our students love this course’s studio culture — it promotes discussion and collaboration, encourages experimentation and the constant swapping of ideas, and it’s somewhere to call your own.
  • You’ll be using the same equipment as the professionals. We’ve invested in industry-standard tools and tech to minimise the jump from uni to work. From 3D printers to waterjet cutters and bandsaws to robotics kits, we’ve got the lot.
  • We’re industry-focused, with great connections. Through live projects and placements, you’ll be working face-to-face with some huge names — the likes of Tesco, PepsiCo and JCB. It’s great for your portfolio and CV, and you’ll also get excellent employability support.
  • Compete, exhibit, and get yourself noticed! Prove your talents to industry reps — exhibitions like New Designers and NTU’s annual Degree Show are fixtures in the product design calendar, while our students have won big at competitions like the Starpack Awards and Engineers Without Borders.


Year One

  • Design Fundamentals (40 credit points)
  • The Developing Design Technologist (40 credit points)
  • Applied Design Technology (40 credit points)
Year Two
  • Professional Practice (60 credit points)
  • Applied Materials and Technology (60 credit points)
Year Three This is your opportunity to spend a year working in industry, giving you real hands-on experience and introducing you to exciting opportunities for your future employment. A successful completion of the placement year will lead you to an additional qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice. Final Year
  • Design in Practice (80 credit points)
- Design in Context (40 credit points)

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2022.

If you already have a 2022 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please contact Nottingham Trent University Admissions team for further information.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £15600 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.
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