2023/24 entry

BSc (Hons) Product Design Engineering

Start date:
September 2023
Study mode:
Full time
Course Duration:
3 years, 4 years with placement
UCAS code:
Points required:

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
International (full-time):
Placement (home student):
Placement (international student):
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

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Why study Product Design Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • Design-led curriculum and opportunities to exhibit at the University's annual Product Innovation Show
  • Teaching delivered in well-equipped laboratories with state-of-the-art software plus excellent technical support
  • All students receive a personal copy of SolidWorks 3D CAD software and access to all Autodesk products
  • Thriving student industrial design society
  • Option of completing a year-long industrial placement or International module

About your course

The professionally-accredited BSc (Hons) Product Design Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University combines skills development in traditional hand-generated design work such as sketching, drawing and physical model making, with the latest computer-aided design techniques.

Additional course costs

Throughout the course students can expect to incur expenses over and above their ordinary living costs. The faculty will provide certain basic design materials; above this students are expected to provide their own design materials.

The Product Design Engineering degree gives you the opportunity to test your creativity and develop technical skills in using the latest CAD technology so that you will be able to take ideas from product conception, design and analysis, right through to production.

This is a hands-on course in which you will have access to CAD suites loaded with the latest 3D visualisation software, a purpose-built creative design studio, an advanced manufacturing laboratory and modern engineering laboratories.

The course has been developed in partnership with industry experts so that it is relevant to the needs of employers and you will be encouraged to take the year-long work placement option to get a taste of what it’s really like to work in the design industry.

  • Product Design Engineering


"What I’ve found to be exceptional about this course is that it not only equips the student with the skill and knowledge to design great products, but also gives the student expertise to successfully bring these products to market through the Design for Manufacture and Enterprise Development modules. This course has brought me a long way towards achieving my dream of developing products with the potential of being iconic designs."

Timothy Chege, current student

Professional accreditation/links

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers.  

Strong links with companies in the region ensure that course content is informed by the latest developments in computer aided design, so you can be confident that the skills and knowledge you will gain on the course are exactly those required by employers. 

These connections are invaluable should you decide to take the sandwich option and spend a year on industrial placement.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students


The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)


  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.


You will enjoy varied career opportunities both in the UK and overseas with a BSc (Hons) degree in Product Design Engineering.

Design is a growing sector, despite the recession the profession continues to expand, offering opportunities in many different industries. Increasingly complex product design and manufacturing processes should mean designers will continue to enjoy good employment prospects.    

Starting salaries for graduates vary according to the size and type of employer; salaries in London are likely to be higher. Self-employment or freelance work is quite common but normally occurs after developing a track record of relevant industrial experience and a network of contacts and potential clients.   

Many design professionals either go freelance or decide to start their own business. Such as graduates Troy Baker (Managing Director) and Graham Wilson (Technical Director), founders of Design Reality, a design consultancy based in St Asaph, who also deliver guest lectures on the course.

 Others secure employment with their placement organisations, such as Philip Gilbank, who graduated with a first class honours degree and now works for the computer aided design company DriveWorks after completing a sandwich year with the company.

"The New Designer Show was definitely a worthwhile experience for me. It allowed us all to showcase our work against the best design graduates in the industry. I was approached by Gillette during the show and discussed the opportunity of joining them as a product designer."

George Sewell, recent graduate

"The student came fully equipped with design and project planning skills which enabled him to hit the ground running. The work ethic and attention to detail which is critical to our fast paced business environment has been very impressive. We hope to continue to use this programme in the coming years.”

Gwyn Jones, PSS Engineering Ltd

Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.

Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.

One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.

Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.

Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

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What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules may also be included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Level 0

Core modules

Computer Aided Design

This module introduces the subject of 3D Computer Aided Design, with a focus on solid modelling of parts and assemblies in order to produce engineering drawings.

Learning Outcomes
After completing the module the student should be able to:

1 Understand 2D engineering drawings in the creation of 3D parts and assemblies.
2 Apply solid modelling techniques to create 3D parts.
3 Apply solid modelling techniques to create 3D assemblies.

Design Visualisation

This module introduces theoretical aspects of a range of visualisation techniques used by designers and develops the fundamental sketching, drawing and rendering skills.

Learning Outcomes
After completing the module the student should be able to:

1 Develop a design visually using a range of hand-generated techniques.
2 Create effective visuals using sketching and drawing software.
3 Demonstrate a knowledge of visualisation conventions and aesthetics.

Design Thinking Product Innovation

The main aim of this module is to offer students a broad perspective on Design Thinking as an integral part of product innovation.

Learning Outcomes
After completing the module the student should be able to:

1 Understand the organisational aspects of product development and its implications for managing and developing innovative products.
2 Understand and apply Design Thinking frameworks for innovation in a product design and development setting.
3 Apply Design Thinking tools and practices for technological innovation.
4 Identify and reflect upon the following aspects of personal development: strengths and weaknesses, motivations and values, ability to work with others.

Introduction to Electronics and Control

This module introduces the fundamentals of applied mathematics and electronics, both theoretically and through practical application, building circuits in laboratories. You will also learn to write simple code as a tool for engineering. You will work both individually and as part of a group during this module.

Learning Outcomes
After completing the module the student should be able to:

1 Apply fundamental knowledge of analogue and digital electronics.
2 Demonstrate knowledge of mathematics and electrical engineering theory to the selection of electronic components.
3 Create a program to operate embedded intelligent controllers.
4 Design basic control algorithms and circuits.

Mechanics, Materials and Manufacture

This module will cover the subjects of basic mechanics, mathematical theory, materials science and manufacturing technologies through a series of case studies and design-led lectures, seminars and workshops.

Learning Outcomes
After completing the module the student should be able to:

1 Define the micro-structural characteristics of a range of engineering materials.
2 Identify the relationships between manufacturing processes and material behaviour.
3 Demonstrate a clear understanding of the physics of mechanical systems and mathematics by applying them in formulating solutions to common problems.

Prototyping and Modelmaking for Design

This module introduces the subject of prototyping and modelmaking as a strategic part of the Design Thinking process. It emphasises how these practical activities lead to more informed design decisions in the successful development of innovative products.

Learning Outcomes
After completing the module the student should be able to:

1 Test prototypes to better understand design problems
2 Explore innovative solutions by testing for human interaction and functionality
3 Select appropriate materials, tools and techniques to produce prototypes and models as an integral part of the Design Thinking process
4 Understand the broader history of design and classify the principles of aesthetics

Advanced Computer Aided Design

This module will focus on single component part modelling. The key aim is to develop a range of advanced solid modelling and surface feature skills that can be applied to real-world products with complex geometry.

Learning Outcomes
After completing the module the student should be able to:
1 Apply hybrid modelling techniques to create geometry using BOTH solid modelling and surface tools.
2 Reverse engineer existing products by selecting and applying the most appropriate tools.
3 Design a component that can be manufactured using a forming process, along with its associated tooling.
4 Critically evaluate the modelling process, using storyboard methods to document specific features applied.

Product Design And Presentation

Introduce students to design theories on the conceptualisation of ideas and aesthetic sensibilities through the generation of 3D computer aided rendered and physical modelling techniques.

Learning Outcomes
After completing the module the student should be able to:
1 Apply visual research and develop a 3d rendered model.
2 Understand how materials, colour, texture and lighting are applied in creating a persuasive graphic presentation of a product.
3 Create a high-quality physical model.

Applied Electronics And Control

This module covers the fundamental theory and calculations behind the design of sensors, electric motors and microcontrollers through involvement in applied, creative engineering projects.

Learning Outcomes
After completing the module the student should be able to:
1 Design and build remote intelligent systems.
2 Specify and adapt metrology (measurement) requirements.
3 Interface & program sensors then visualise output data.

Embodiment Design

Through a Reverse Engineering methodology this module develops the skills and knowledge necessary to take a conceptual design, from design brief, through the embodiment phase of design, to the production of detailed design documents.

Learning Outcomes
After completing the module the student should be able to:
1 Apply the Reverse Engineering methodology.
2 Construct an initial product design specification and select an optimal design from a range of design solutions.
3 Evaluate and select appropriate standard items and materials with their associated manufacturing processes to inform the final design.
4 Manage a design related project to the completion of a set of design documents.

Product Analysis

This module introduces the fundamentals of the Finite Element Method as an optimization tool used within the product development lifecycle. Alongside Finite Element Analysis, measurement techniques and hand calculations will be considered as validation tools.

Learning Outcomes
After completing the module the student should be able to:

1 Apply material properties; mesh; loads and fixtures to a range of single component stress problems.
2 Define interaction between parts for multi-component stress problems.
3 Execute thermal analyses, defining heat loads for steady state and transient studies.
4 Identify and apply 2D simplification methods to static and thermal problems.
5 Identify methods to reduce model size, and apply appropriate subsequent symmetry conditions.

Digital Marketing and Business Model Development

The aim of this module is to enable the student to develop a primarily digital marketing plan for a product concept, a key part of which involves producing a promotional video and photographic still featuring the prototype.

Learning Outcomes
After completing the module the student should be able to:

1 Develop a postioning and branding strategy for your product design
2 Construct a credible and imaginative promotional plan for your product design
3 Design, plan and manage the creation of a scripted promotional video.

Design Project and Product Management

Provide the knowledge and skills of how product design and development functions are managed in organisations and the principle methods of planning, monitoring and controlling innovative design projects.

Learning Outcomes
After completing the module the student should be able to:

1 Synthesize design, project and product management theory and techniques to conceive an effective project plan.
2 Monitor and analyse design project and product activities to ensure effective execution of a project plan through the use of industry standard tools.
        3 Evaluate and reflect on the outcome of the design project against stated objectives in terms of time, cost and quality constraints.

Major Project Research Report

Students will independently plan, organise and manage effective research in order to acquire new knowledge of a self-selected project. This module is designed to prepare and enable students to produce a research report that justifies the selection of a Major Project. It represents the culmination and consolidation of the student's research within their chosen project area.

Learning Outcomes
After completing the module the student should be able to:

1 Apply comprehensive analytical secondary research to a self-selected 1st order problem.
2 Undertake critical analysis of the chosen area of research.
3 Construct a robust argument for the design problem based on secondary research.

Major Project

Provide an opportunity to complete a substantial piece of design work in a supervised environment that is of particular interest to the student. Students will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skill gained throughout the duration of their programme to solve a self-selected problem.

Learning Outcomes
After completing the module the student should be able to:

1 Apply a recognised design process from a self-selected complex problem and develop a solution from a range of concepts.
2 Demonstrate independent creative and critical thinking in the pursuit of a solution.
3 Systematically apply design techniques and skills to produce a design solution to professional, highly innovative standards.

Sustainable and Ethical Design

Introduces students to sustainable and ethical issues in design.

Learning Outcomes
After completing the module the student should be able to:

1 Evaluate ethical issues when conducting primary research.
2 Analyse social, environmental and ethical issues that constrain design.
3 Critically evaluate and apply methodologies that ensure well-designed products and services.

User Centred Design

Introduce UCD research methods and to allow students to practice the concepts and language of product semantics.

Learning Outcomes
After completing the module the student should be able to:

1 Integrate new knowledge of the role of the user in design.
2 Synthesize knowledge of product semantics in creating a new product concept.
3 Test and evaluate a concept using the appropriate research-based methodology.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

Teaching styles include lectures supported by small-group tutorials, and design workshops, projects, enterprise activities, online activities, field trips and laboratory work. Projects provide opportunities to expand your skills to the stage where you are building and testing your own prototype designs.

Work-related Learning

Local companies contribute to the design and development of this course and in fact many of them offer work placements to our students. These placements offer an invaluable opportunity to join a commercial company for a year and put all you have learnt in the first two years into practice.

We strongly recommend that you take up this opportunity as it will give you a taste of what it’s like to work in the real world of design and it will give you a professional edge when you come to negotiate your way through the graduate job market.

"DriveWorks is a UK based company with global software sales to manufacturing companies. We have been involved with LJMU for several years providing undergraduate internships and 18 month Graduate Training Schemes for Engineers and Product Designers."

Maria Sarkar, VP and Owner, DriveWorks

"The best feature of the programme is its sandwich year. This enabled me to develop my graduate skills as well as my design and technical knowledge. This definitely increased my employability after I graduated. I was able to experience many different aspects of the design world throughout the four year programme and would highly recommend it."

Phil Jones, recent graduate

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

The School is a supportive environment in which to study and your tutors are committed to ensuring that you reach your full potential at LJMU. From the moment you enrol at LJMU, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will work with you on setting targets for yourself as part of your personal development plan, and discuss one-to-one any course-related issues should you need to.


Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

For many of the design and enterprise modules, you may be expected to work in teams and produce exemplar work for your design portfolio.

Your tutors will give prompt and constructive feedback via Canvas (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or in writing. This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.


What you can expect from your School

This programme is delivered in the Byrom Street complex of LJMU’s City Campus. Here you’ll find high quality lecture theatres, meeting and seminar rooms plus social spaces and a large café. The Avril Robarts Library, open 24/7 during semester, is just minutes away on Tithebarn Street.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 112

GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Numb

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Subject specific requirements: Minimum of 64 UCAS points at A2-level from DT, Maths, Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, or Electronics
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: BBC
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

T Levels

  • T Level requirements:

    112 UCAS tariff points from relevant subjects. Pleasecontact the Faculty for further information.

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* from a relevant subject area if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DMM from a relevant subject area if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: 112 UCAS tariff points from Access to HE Diploma. Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area.

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 112 points from the Diploma including 64 UCAS points at Higher Level from subjects relevant to the degree (e.g. maths, physics, chemistry etc), please contact the Faculty if you are unsure about your Higher Level subjects.

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects

OCR Cambridge Technicals

  • Technical Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Technical Diploma: Acceptable on its own in a relevant subject area
  • Technical Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own in a relevant subject area
  • Technical Foundation Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Technical Introductory Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Technical Subsidiary Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Alternative qualifications considered

​Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.

Reduced Offer Scheme

As part of LJMU’s commitment to widening access we offer eligible students entry to their chosen course at a reduced threshold of up to 16/8 UCAS points. This applies if you are a student who has been in local authority care or if you have participated in one of LJMU’s sustained outreach initiatives, e.g. Summer University. Please contact the admission office for further details.
Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)


6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

International entry requirements

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Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Can this course be deferred?


Is a DBS check required?


Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

​We are looking for students who are keen to learn new skills and develop those they already possess. We want students with the ability to: be creative with ideas and concepts, moderate their creativity with logic, be enthusiastic and thirsty for knowledge, communicate effectively and confidently and understand and adapt to a wide range of issues connected with the subject. It is also important that students are able to manage time and tasks effectively as an individual and as part of a team, use appropriate sources to find and organise information and select and critically evaluate information in order to analyse problems
If you would like to develop these skills further, have a strong interest in this subject area and want to work effectively within it, then this is the course for you!  International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.