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University of Glasgow

Product Design Engineering

UCAS Code: H3W2
BEng (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

136

% applicants receiving offers

64%

Subjects
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Design studies
Student score
74% LOW
72% LOW
% employed or in further study
92% MED
94% MED
Average graduate salary
£27k HIGH
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
AAB

Mathematics and Physics.

Scottish Highers
ABBB-AAAAAA

Mathematics and Physics. Mathematics must be obtained in S5.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136 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

64%

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

£1,820

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

PRODUCT DESIGN ENGINEERING: - Product Design Engineering is jointly delivered by the University and the Glasgow School of Art and integrates engineering with design. You will work closely with industry throughout the programme, which may lead to internship and employment opportunities. You will have the opportunity to go on fieldtrips to industrial centres of excellence. 91% of Mechanical, Production & Manufacturing Engineering students were in work/study six months after finishing.

Modules

Year 1: Students are based at the University but also have studios at the Glasgow School of Art; communication and visualisation skills are developed both manually and by electronically-generated imagery using computers with sketching and visualisation software; students are also introduced to engineering and model making workshops while a series of problem solving design exercises gives experience of both construction and performance. Year 2: Common study with mechanical engineering course; more complex design problems requiring appropriately higher levels of analytical synthetic and creative skills; cultural and social questions arising from engineering activities are explored in a series of video and discussion seminars. Year 3: Students are based for the majority of their time at the GSA: industrial design; computer-aided design/manufacture and computer-aided engineering studies continue in common with engineering. Year 4: Project work; many of the projects are run in close co-operation with industry.

University of Glasgow

Main building

Glasgow is one of the UK's oldest, most prestigious seats of learning with an international reputation for academic excellence. Choose from more than 800 courses across four colleges. We're based in the cosmopolitan west end, in historical buildings with up-to-the-minute facilities. There are two student unions, Glasgow University and Queen Margaret Unions, offering a full social calendar.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
35%
65%

Year 1

36%
64%

Year 2

30%
70%

Year 3

23%
77%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
89%
11%

Year 1

95%
5%

Year 2

89%
11%

Year 3

80%
20%

Year 4

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 80%
Student score 74% LOW
Able to access IT resources

89%

Staff made the subject interesting

81%

Library resources are satisfactory

87%

Feedback on work has been helpful

52%

Feedback on work has been prompt

42%

Staff are good at explaining things

87%

Received sufficient advice and support

71%

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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
23% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
19% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
498 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
84% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
9% 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 92% MED
Average graduate salary £27k HIGH
Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

8%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

5%

Graduates who are engineering professionals

35%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
This subject has been affected by the recession and so you would normally expect some more encouraging stats – although things have improved this year. Nevertheless, engineers are in demand across multiple industries, but most stay in engineering, particularly in the oil industry, and in the car industry, in design and manufacturing. Jobs are all around the country, with Scotland and the South East the most likely places for a new mechanical engineer to find work at the moment – starting salaries for mechanical engineers in Scotland are actually higher there than in London, thanks to the oil industry, and only bettered by a handful of courses. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification – this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.
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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 76%
Student score 72% LOW
Able to access IT resources

80%

Staff made the subject interesting

88%

Library resources are satisfactory

84%

Feedback on work has been helpful

50%

Feedback on work has been prompt

36%

Staff are good at explaining things

92%

Received sufficient advice and support

76%

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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
16% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
48% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
509 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
78% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
4% 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 94% MED
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations

9%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

7%

Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

7%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year, design was behind only nursing in the number of graduates from UK universities with nearly 13,700. Not all areas of design have been affected equally by the recession, so bear this in mind when you look at the stats. At the moment, things are looking a little better for fashion and textile designers and not as good for interior or multimedia 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. This also varies by subject – fashion designers often find jobs in the North West. Some employers in the field, particularly in London, are a little prone to asking graduates to work for free, so while it’s not the norm – one in nine design graduates from 2012 starting design jobs in London were working unpaid – it does go on.
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