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Brunel University London

Product Design

UCAS Code: H772

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

including grade B in Art or Design (not including Performing Arts/Theatre Arts) subject and grade B in Maths or Physics

Obtain a minimum of 128 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma in Engineering with 45 credits at Level 3. All Maths units must be passed with Distinctions at level 3

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M2

including grade M2 in an Art or Design subject (not including Performing Arts/Theatre Arts) and grade M2 in Maths or Physics

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are required, including English Language and Mathematics

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

31

including Higher Level 5 in Art or Design (not including Performing Arts/Theatre Arts) subject and Higher level 5 in Maths or Physics

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

including H3 in an Art or Design subject (not including Performing Arts/Theatre Arts) and H3 in Maths or Physics

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

in Art and Design and an A level grade A in Maths or Physics or obtain DD in Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or Mechanical Engineering with Distinctions in Further Engineering Mathematics or Dynamic Mechanical Principles and grade A in Art or Design subject (not including Performing Arts/Theatre Arts).

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

in any subject with A levels grade AB in an Art or Design subject (not including Performing Arts/Theatre Arts) and Maths or Physics

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

D*DD

in Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or Mechanical Engineering with Distinctions in Further Engineering Mathematics or Dynamic Mechanical Principles

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

DD

in Art and Design and an A level grade A in Maths or Physics or obtain DD in Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or Mechanical Engineering with Distinctions in Further Mathematics or Further Mechanical Principles and grade A in Art or Design subject (not including Performing Arts/Theatre Arts).

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

D*DD

in Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or Mechanical Engineering with Distinctions in Further Maths or Further Mechanical Principles.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

in Art and Design and an A level grade A in Maths or Physics or obtain DD in Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or Mechanical Engineering with Distinctions in Further Engineering Mathematics or Dynamic Mechanical Principles and grade A in Art or Design subject (not including Performing Arts/Theatre Arts).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

in any subject with A levels grade AB in an Art or Design subject (not including Performing Arts/Theatre Arts) and Maths or Physics

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*DD

in Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or Mechanical Engineering with Distinctions in Further Engineering Mathematics or Dynamic Mechanical Principles

Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)

D

in any subject with A levels grade AB in an Art or Design subject (not including Performing Arts/Theatre Arts) and Maths or Physics

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B

including grade B in Art or Design (not including Performing Arts/Theatre Arts) subject and grade B in Maths or Physics

UCAS Tariff

128-152

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32%
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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Product design

Design at Brunel is all about realising fantastic ideas in the real world. Our Product Design BSc degree is focused on developing your commercial awareness, technical skills and ability to innovate, meaning you can develop products that both look good and work well.

There is a lot of project-based learning to test your skills and you’ll see the outcome of your design from concept to making the actual product. This means you’ll be able to build a great portfolio of your best-quality projects, academic and industry briefs, and case studies during your studies.

You’ll have workshop training and will use industry-standard equipment and software to develop quality hands-on skills to become a maker. Independent access is available to modern facilities that include dedicated design studios, digital sketching, extensive prototyping workshops, and electronics and digital fabrication labs. The practical knowledge you gain is transferable to industry and provides a head start for your future career as a designer and design making in the modern world.

Our product design course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and can be studied full-time over three years, or four years with a placement year. The placement year helps you to prepare for the world of work and you’ll have a year’s worth of invaluable professional experience when you graduate. Our students have worked in both small innovation start-ups and multinational organisations such as Adidas, Chanel, Jaguar Land Rover, Philips, Disney and Lego. Some take advantage of exchange programmes that can take them to universities in Europe and the USA.

Made in Brunel is a unique, student-led initiative that showcases our design talent at its finest. Each year our students run a series of industry and community events leading up to the Made in Brunel exhibition. This annual showcase is a highlight of the London design calendar and promotes the incredible work our students produce to the creative community, and is a great way for our students to network with key design professionals.

If you are interested in turning a product or technology idea into a business after you graduate, we are in partnership with the Central Research Laboratory (CRL), a design incubator for start-ups. You’ll have access to meeting rooms and work space as well as prototyping facilities. A team of in-house professionals will guide and support you at each stage and a number of our previous entrepreneurial students have successfully commercialised their products.

The British Industrial Design Association graduate employability survey ranks Brunel second for creating the ‘most employable graduates’.

Modules

Typical Modules

Year 1
Design Process 1
Electronics and Mathematics
Graphic Communication
Materials with Manufacturing
Mechanics for Design

Year 2
Design Communication
Design for Manufacture
Design Process 2
Dynamics, Mechanisms & Stress Analysis
Electronics, Programming & Interfacing

Year 3
Core Modules
Human Factors
Major Project

Optional Modules
Contextual Design
Embedded Systems for Design
Environmentally Sensitive Design
Graphic Communication 3

See the Brunel website for more information.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£19,280
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Brunel University London

Department:

Design

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

73%
med
Product design

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

83%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
43%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

73%
UK students
27%
International students
60%
Male students
40%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£24,000
high
Average annual salary
87%
low
Employed or in further education
83%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

60%
Design occupations
10%
Engineering professionals
7%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Product design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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