Product Design and Technology at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS

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Course summary

Our BSc Industrial Product Design course is offered as either a three or four year course with an integrated placement year. The course is stimulating, relevant, challenging and rewarding. We aim to provide you with the knowledge of materials, production processes and technology as well as skills in aesthetics, ergonomics and management that will enable you to develop a successful career in design. Throughout the course, you will develop your understanding of the significance of design to the profitability of business, commerce and the economy as a whole. There will be continual development of relevant skills including presentation, ICT and team working which are sought after by employers and you will expand your knowledge, confidence, professional values and attitudes essential for a successful career in product design. Career opportunities exist for our graduates in design, general management and consultancy, technology, engineering and education. Our students are able to demonstrate creative design skills alongside sound technical knowledge and experience, a balance which employers consider to be an advantage. Key course benefits:

  • In the final year exhibit your designs at our annual design exhibition 'Aston Inspired', where you get to showcase your concepts and findings during the event.
  • 1st for graduate prospects (General Engineering) (Complete University Guide 2022)
  • Our optional placement year offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and set your studies in the context of a working environment, to boost your future employment prospects.
  • We teach using a hands-on framework called CDIO - Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate. This enables you to apply real-world skills as you learn, enabling you to maximise your learning.
  • Learn in our state-of-the-art facilities, which include advanced 3D printing facilitates and a dedicated design studio with specialist equipment designed just for you.


Year 1: • Introduction to Engineering and Design • Prototyping & Development • Design Fundamentals • Engineering Principles 1 • Engineering Practice Year 2: • Design and Engineering for the User • Design Studio • Digital Design Skills • Engineering Principles 2 • Industrial Product Design • Product Experience Year 3: Optional placement year Final year: • Product Design Final Year Project • Advanced Product Experience • Professional Preparation for Industry • Design Competitions • Advanced Industrial Product Design Please Note: All modules are based on the current academic year. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review.

Assessment method

You’ll undertake individual and team projects throughout your studies, as well as having opportunities to work in partnership with industrial partners. The course includes analytical material provided through lectures, tutorials, labs and directed study, to ensure you have a solid understanding of engineering principles. Additional lectures and seminars provided by specialists from industry will support your learning.  You will be assessed by combination of coursework, case studies, design projects and in-class tests.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Student Outcomes

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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 £21100 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/UK students and £2,500 for International students. For Home students: Tuition fees for UK/Home students may change in line with government policy. When undertaking a placement year, a placement year fee applies. For International students: The International students fee is a fixed annual fee for the duration of the Programme, except whilst on placement when a placement year fee applies.
Product Design and Technology at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS