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Queen's University Belfast

Product Design Engineering

UCAS Code: H150
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

56%

Subjects
  • General engineering
Student score
67% LOW
% employed or in further study
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£22.5k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB

Mathematics plus one from Physics (preferred)/Further Mathematics/Biology/Chemistry or Technology and Design

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers
BBB

Mathematics plus one from Physics (preferred)/Chemistry/Technology and Design/Biology

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

56%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£4,030

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

The main objective of the Product Design Engineering degree is to produce graduates with a broad and balanced set of skills and attributes required for the design and manufacture of innovative technical products. The course has many modules in common with the Mechanical Engineering degree, particularly in the first year. From Year 2 there is a focus on design process and methodology developing professional competence in the identification of need, conception, design, analysis, materials and manufacturing requirements. The integrated curriculum is structured to connect content from different modules through team-based and individual projects which act as a core activity each year.

Modules

At the start of stage 1, the projects concentrate on the dissection and analysis of existing products, so that students are able to explore the various issues and decisions involved in product design; supporting modules on materials, computing and 3-dimensional CAD provide the knowledge and skills needed for the initial project work; students without A-level mathematics are provided with the mathematical skills needed later in the course; projects involve the design of new and improved products; additional supporting modules are included that cover structured design methods, techniques for generating design concepts, aesthetics and relevant applied science; at stage 2 coverage of the subject is extended to the production and testing of prototypes, along with an understanding of the influence of manufacturing processes on decision-making in design; project work involves the use of technologies such as rapid prototyping and the projects are again supported by modules covering relevant knowledge and skills; modules on electrical and electronic systems are also included, in order to extend the range of design projects that students can undertake; the emphasis at stage 3 is on the organisational, marketing, business and entrepreneurial aspects of product design and development; this is reflected in the project work and also the supporting core and optional modules available at stage 3.

Queen's University Belfast

Queens University Belfast main building

Queen's University Belfast, a Russell Group university, provides an exceptional education underpinned by world-class research. With a new library, sporting facilities, employability opportunities, one of the best students' unions in the UK and Ireland, and a social life second to none - including one of the best NI gig venues - the Queen's community offers a life-changing student experience.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
37%
63%

Year 1

36%
64%

Year 2

27%
73%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
57%
41%
2%

Year 1

39%
59%
2%

Year 2

42%
58%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 60%
Student score 67% LOW
Able to access IT resources

100%

Staff made the subject interesting

60%

Library resources are satisfactory

90%

Feedback on work has been helpful

60%

Feedback on work has been prompt

60%

Staff are good at explaining things

60%

Received sufficient advice and support

60%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
41% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
32% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
379 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
71% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £22.5k LOW
Graduates who are engineering professionals

64%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

4%

Graduates who are customer service occupations

16%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
As a mixed subject within engineering where students get a chance to learn from a range of disciplines, this course isn't taken by as many people as some of the more specialist disciplines. Demand for engineering skills is high, though, and so unemployment rates are low and starting salaries competitive. Graduates are able to specialise enough to be working in jobs in engineering – particularly mechanical, civil, design, and electrical engineering, as well as engineering project management. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to a MEng qualification – this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.
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