a product design and innovation student constructs a model crane using laser cut plywood
UCAS Code
H771
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019, September 2020
Accredited
Yes

Apply through Clearing

To start this course in 2019 call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.

Our Clearing hotline is open 9.00am–5.00pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9.00am–4.00pm (Friday).

Overview

Why is that phone handset that particular shape? How does that bagless vacuum cleaner work?

If you're creative, fascinated by the how and why of the objects you use every day, and get a kick out of solving problems, this BSc (Hons) Product Design and Innovation degree course will feed your curiosity and set you up for a career in creating and designing products.

You'll delve into the theories and methodologies you can use to create and improve the products we use. You'll unleash your creativity and bring your ideas to life in efficient and cost-effective ways.

You'll graduate from this degree course able to work in areas such as product design, design management, consultancy, engineering, marketing and graphic design.

Accredited by

This course is accredited as fulfilling the requirements for membership and Registered Product Designer status (RProdDes) of the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). It has also been accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for Incorporated Engineer status (IEng).

95% Graduates in work or further study (Unistats data on DLHE, 2017)

94% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Use sophisticated computer software and rapid prototyping equipment to design new products and improve existing ones
  • Learn the fundamentals of illustration, computer-aided illustration, computer-aided design (CAD) and manufacturing technology
  • Have access to our 3D printing facilities
  • Learn how to use professional software including Photoshop, AutoCad, Creo, and Keyshot
  • Get the opportunity to put your new skills into practice on client projects through our links with professional organisations and design centres
The BSc (Hons) Product Design and Innovation degree course shares a common first year with our BSc (Hons) Industrial Design degree course. This allows you to finalise your course selection at the end of your 1st academic year. The difference between this course and our Industrial Design course is that from the second year, you will concentrate more on product centred design subjects such as intellectual property, marketing and modern materials and processes.

Careers and opportunities

After the course, you'll be eligible for membership of the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

What can you do with a Product Design and Innovation degree?

Armed with the expertise and knowledge you develop on this course, you'll be set for a career in fields such as:

  • computer-aided design (CAD)
  • visualisation
  • product data management
  • project management
  • manufacturing
  • research and development

What jobs can you do with a Product Design and Innovation degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • product design engineer
  • CAD designer
  • design manager

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

I like the way our course allows students to have their own independence.

Felicity Fuller, Product Design Student

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Product Design and Innovation degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Computer Aided Product Analysis and Illustration
  • Engineering Practice
  • Introduction to Design
  • Introduction to Illustration Techniques
  • Introduction to Materials and Manufacture
  • Introduction to Technology Concepts

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Computer Aided Design
  • Conceptual Design
  • Illustration Techniques
  • Materials and Manufacture
  • Computer Aided Visualisation
  • Research Methods for Product Designers

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Institution-wide Language Programme (IWLP)
  • Product Analysis
  • Technology Concepts

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Previous students have completed work placements at organisations including:

  • Princess Yachts
  • Disney
  • Akins Consultancies
  • HTI Group (toy manufacturers)
  • Gillette
  • Airbus Industries
  • Apollo Fire Solutions
  • Triumph Motorcycles

In your placement year, you can also set up a business on your own or in a group.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Advanced and Modern Materials
  • Human Factors in Design and Manufacture
  • Individual Project
  • Preparation for Product Launch
  • Sustainable Development and Environmental Management

There are no optional modules in this year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Maths and stats support

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials (personal and academic)
  • laboratory work
  • project work
  • computer-aided design (CAD) system activity
  • open access study

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written examinations and multiple choice tests
  • coursework and portfolio
  • case studies
  • practical tests
  • presentations

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 34% by written exams and 66% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 22% by written exams, 12% by practical exams and 66% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 27% by written exams and 73% by coursework 

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.

BSc (Hons) Product Design and Innovation degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 96-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include two relevant subjects.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

Selection process
  • Applicants may be requested to provide a portfolio to support their application.

Qualifications or experience
  • 96-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include two relevant subjects.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

Selection process
  • Applicants may be requested to provide a portfolio to support their application.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

There may be occasional trips for which you will be asked to contribute £25 a trip.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2019, call our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

To start in 2020 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 4 September 2019.

In the meantime, sign up to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

When you apply, you'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – H771
  • our institution code – P80

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

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