University of Brighton

Product Design Technology with Professional Experience

  • Course summary and entry requirements

    Course duration Help

    Full-time: 3 years

    Part-time: 4 years (max 8 years)

    With placement year: 4 years

    UCAS code W241

    Professional accreditation

    This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).

    About the course

    Product Design Technology with Professional Experience centres on developing the skills and capabilities needed for you to design innovative, technology-led consumer and industrial components/products. You'll enjoy practical, studio-based learning in a dynamic project environment designed to enhance your mix of analtyical and practical skills.

    Brighton is a renowned innovation space that is close both to the high-tech Gatwick Diamond area and London's design-hub, and learning is often complemented by guest industry speakers and local creative professionals. You'll also benefit from access to the UK's biggest resource of Design Council archive records and images, as well as our professional design studio, specialist workshops and laboratories, and our renowned Creativity Centre - a student-centred environment where teaching adapts to your needs.

    The University of Brighton offers a suite of product design courses to meet your particular career interests. You can choose from four specialist courses, each with the same progressive learning structure alongside a specialist module suited to your career interests:

    - Product Design with Professional Experience BSc(Hons) (a consumer / lifestyle focus)
    - Product Design Technology with Professional Experience BSc(Hons) (an electrical / mechanical focus)
    - Sports Product Design with Professional Experience BSc(Hons)
    - Sustainable Product Design with Professional Experience BSc(Hons)

    Typical entry requirements Help

    The entry requirements listed here are for students starting their course in 2014.

    Applicants whose predicted grades fall below these requirements, but who can demonstrate a high commitment to the subject discipline or have relevant work experience, are still encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.

    ABB including a suitable art, design, science or technology-based subject.


    International Baccalaureate:
    34 points, specified subjects.

    Access to HE Diploma
    pass (at least 45 credits at level 3), with 30 credits at merit or distinction.

    GCSE (minimum grade C) or Access Equivalent
    at least five subjects including English language, mathematics and a physical science.

    Foundation degree/HND
    may enable you to start the course in year 2.

    For non-native speakers of English:
    IELTS 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.

    Recognised foundation programme in relevant area or relevant professional experience will be considered.

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    Other courses like this:

    Sports Product Design with Professional Experience

    Product Design with Professional Experience

    Sustainable Product Design with Professional Experience

  • Course content

    Course structure

    Our product design courses are uniquely structured ? all of your learning centres around developing a complete product across the year, from initial research through to eventual launch. This provides a dynamic and engaging learning experience which becomes increasingly more sophisticated as you progress through each year. Lectures are also completed online, allowing flexibility in learning and time at the university to be spent on the practical development of your design skills.

    Practical project work is central to the course, and this is supported across the year by subject areas such as engineering and technology, human user design, and communication skills. This provides a dynamic and engaging learning experience which becomes increasingly more sophisticated as you progress through each year.

    We interview all students to make sure that you enrol on the right course for your future needs, and class sizes are kept small to make sure that all participants receive a high level of personal to bring your vision to life.

    Areas of study

    You will study the techniques needed to understand consumer requirements, and learn the creative, sketching and modelling techniques needed to develop creative concepts to meet these market needs. You will also study the methods and knowledge such as materials, manufacturing, engineering, CAD and ergonomic needed to turn these ideas into functional and viable products. Further teaching focuses on issues leading to the development of working prototypes, as well as the legal and management issues such as pricing and branding that support commercial product success.

    You will also study advanced materials, microprocessor control and the engineering principles required by complex new technologies, and select career-enhancing course options in your final year. Each year will end with a public exhibition of your work where we will encourage you to consider exploiting the business potential of your ideas.

    The course also includes a professional experience year which is your chance to integrate with local or international industry, and can prove invaluable in shaping your final year choices and career path. Students have worked with manufacturing and design consultancies including companies such as Atco, Qualcast, Triumph Motorcycles and Johnston Sweepers. Rather than spend the whole year in one role, you have the opportunity to follow work through a number of companies, or even be self-employed to maximise your entrepreneurial skills.


    Year 1
    - Product Research
    - Product Ideation
    - Product Development
    - Product Launch
    - Specialist Technology

    Year 2
    - Product Research
    - Product Ideation
    - Product Development
    - Product Launch
    - Microprocessor control and finite element analysis

    Optional industrial placement

    Final year
    - Product Research
    - Product Ideation
    - Product Development
    - Product Launch
    - Design options

    You can view the programme specification for this course as a PDF file by clicking on the link below:

    Programme Specification

  • Fees and costs

    The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2014-15. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and may be subject to small increases, in line with inflation.

    The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.

    What's included in the fee?

    When costs such as health or criminal record checks, field trips or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.

    You may incur additional costs depending on the optional modules or activities you choose. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Before you apply please check with the school that provides your course using the contact details on the left of this page for advice about what is included and what optional costs you could face so you can budget accordingly.

    Our website provides advice about funding and scholarships as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee paying status.

    BSc Hons Product Design Technology with Professional Experience  [P1EG029]
    UK/EU (Full Time)9,000 GBP
    Island Students (Full Time)9,000 GBP
    International (Full Time)13,220 GBP

  • Location

    Location Help Moulsecoomb

    Located to the north of Brighton city centre, the Moulsecoomb campus offers students an excellent learning environment and a wide range of facilities. It is the largest of our five campuses with over 8,000 students.

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    Living in Brighton

    Brighton’s rich mix of historic architecture, lively arts scene, varied shopping and cosmopolitan community make it a vibrant, enjoyable place to live. It is no wonder that many Brighton graduates choose to stay here.

    Social scene

    Alongside the traditional seaside attractions, Brighton is famed for its exciting social scene with a wide choice of pubs, clubs and restaurants.

    Music event on the beach


    The highlight of the city’s cultural year is the Brighton Festival. The event is held each May and is England’s biggest arts festival, which showcases arts and performance from around the world. Brighton is also home to the UK’s oldest working cinema, the Duke of York’s, which shows alternative and mainstream films. The city is also well known for its exciting music scene and hosts The Great Escape music festival.

    Burning the Clocks winter solstice festival


    Whether you take your sport seriously or just want to keep fit, Brighton offers all kinds of sports opportunities and facilities, on and off campus. You can also make the most of the location, and play volleyball, basketball and windsurfing down by the beach. The seafront is also the finishing point for the famous London – Brighton bicycle ride and the quirky veteran car run.

    Playing volleyball on the seafront
  • Career opportunities

    The cross-disciplinary nature of the course equips you with the ability to meet the demand for design-led roles in a wide variety of industrial professions, including manufacturing, product design, computer-aided engineering, marketing, management and research. Graduates also go on to postgraduate study and teacher training in design and technology.

    Students from this course have gone on to work for companies such as as Atco, Qualcast, Triumph Motorcycles and Johnston Sweepers, and many have also gone on to set-up their own enterprises with support from the university.

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