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University of Portsmouth

Product Design and Innovation

UCAS Code: H771
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Production & manufacturing engineering
Student score
80% HIGH
% employed or in further study
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£19.3k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

96-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, to include two relevant subjects.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma

Must be in a relevant subject.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Must be in a relevant subject.

International Baccalaureate

A minimum of two Higher Level subjects. Two Higher Level relevant subjects required.

UCAS tariff points

96-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include two relevant subjects. Applicants may be requested to provide a portfolio to support their application.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 96-120 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


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


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

From the humble can opener to the bagless vacuum cleaner, we are surrounded by products that we need for modern-day living. We take so many of these devices for granted, but have you ever stopped to think about how clever some product designs really are? If you have, you will appreciate that there’s huge scope for being radically creative – to design faster, easier and at minimum cost. WHY STUDY THIS COURSE? This course is accredited by the Institute of Engineering Designers (IED) and Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and meets all the academic requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). We pay Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) student membership fees for all of our students. MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE The £100 million that the university has invested in its buildings and facilities over the past 10 years includes our computer aided design, rapid prototyping and 3D printing facilities. WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? This course will appeal to creative people who are interested in design and it's applications in engineering, manufacturing and technology. SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE GAINED On this course you can use our sophisticated computer software and rapid prototyping equipment, put learning into practice by doing a paid work placement, either in the UK or overseas, and you can work on real-life projects through our links with industry and various design centres. AFTER THE COURSE A career in product design promises to be challenging, fulfilling and well paid. Whether you are designing a new food container, part of a computer or maybe the next generation of mobile phones, there is no doubt that your career will bring you an incredible sense of satisfaction as well as achievement.


You will be introduced to the concept of product design and innovation as well as computer aided product design. Also we’ll work on bridging any gaps in your artistic and technical knowledge, providing an all round basis for further study. In your second year you will be given choices in the direction of your studies. You’ll have the option of these two routes of study: Computer Aided Product Design or Product Design and Innovation. In your final year you will have the opportunity to put into practice all your new skills in both group and individual project work. There is also a range of topics covered for you to really cement your knowledge of product design.

University of Portsmouth

The library

Portsmouth is a vibrant waterfront city on the south coast with a rich maritime history. A flat and compact city, Portsmouth is easy to get around on foot or by bike and most University buildings are located in the centre. There is always plenty going on, whether in the bustle of the city centre or in the fresh air and open spaces of the seafront and the common.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 89%
Student score 80% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



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
18% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
14% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
288 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
86% 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 £19.3k LOW
Graduates who are engineering professionals


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are design occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Graduates are in significant demand, so unemployment rates are well below the national graduate average and starting salaries are well above average. Much the most common industries for these graduates are now vehicle manufacture - there are not enough people with these degrees to go round and so the big employers tend to take the lion's share at the moment. But pretty much anywhere there is manufacturing, there are production engineers. 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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