Product Design

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 9 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 11.2 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2024
401–500 place StudyQA ranking:2224 Duration:36 months

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Great product design combines art, technology and science to make inventive objects and gadgets. Our degree has innovation at its heart and our state-of-the-art facilities support you to create award-winning products while you study.

Why study BA/BSc Product Design at Middlesex?

We produce creative, highly skilled designers with an expert understanding of industry,who can combine aesthetic functionality with innovative technology. In fact, our students make the headlines before they graduate by winning awards and catching the attention of entrepreneurs (find out more in the profiles tab). We provide a collaborative learning environment where you'll build the skills, knowledge, experience and confidence to design and develop compelling products and systems for the 21st century. Our project-focused curriculum allows you to bring your designs to fruition and make tangible products to showcase your work. You will graduate well-prepared to enter the professional world of contemporary design practice through exposure to a productive, multidisciplinary working environment with state-of-the-art industry standard facilities and placements with prestigious design-led companies.

You can decide to take either the creative (BA) or technological (BSc) route. The BA focuses on people and how they interact with products, while the BSc is targeted towards technology and how a product functions.

Course highlights:

  • We offer a work placement option in your third year without accruing additional tuition fees so you can gain vital experience within a design consultancy or manufacturing company

  • You will extend your industry knowledge through our series of by some of the UK's leading design experts and companies

  • Our degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and also has the Creative Skillset Tick: a kitemark of quality for training that prepares you for a successful career in the creative industries

  • You will showcase your work in our final year , giving you an opportunity to share your products with industry employers

  • Our London campus gives you access to prestigious placements within the creative industries

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
  • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
  • GBP 11200 Year (Non-EEA)
Start date October 2015 October 2015 EU/International induction: September 2015 Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible More information Go To The Course Website

Course Content

What will you study?

You will develop a range of techniques across studio based design processes, traditional workshop methods, and computer aided design and manufacturing techniques. The design discourse strand will help you to understand design in its wider context and to recognise its place in the cultural landscape. You will learn to design and produce a wide range of products across: consumer durables, lighting, furniture, smart products, transportation, sports and leisure products, and toys and games. You will also examine design issues relating to: human factors, marketing, product semantics, sustainable design, CAD visualisation and simulation, advanced manufacturing, rapid prototyping and contextual design studies.

Our professional learning environment encourages you to develop a commercial approach to design. This happens through taking part in work placements and also through supporting live projects with industry partners. Our department pitches for professional product design work and you will support these projects alongside our staff. We have a history of delivering high-profile projects, such as working on the redesign of the More4 channel brand and building light jackets for Take That.

  • Year 1

    • Computer Mediated Design Practice (30 Credits) - Compulsory

    • Design and Studio Practice (60 Credits) - Compulsory

    • Prototyping (30 Credits) - Compulsory

  • Year 2

    • Advanced CAD and CAM (30 Credits) - Compulsory

    • Design Projects (30 Credits) - Compulsory

    • Human Factors and Product Semantics (30 Credits) - Compulsory

    • Product Design in Context (30 Credits) - Compulsory

  • Year 3

    • Design Dissertation (30 Credits) - Compulsory

    • Design Proposition (90 Credits) - Compulsory

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test.


We normally normally make offers on 280 UCAS tariff points. GCSE English and Maths with a minimum of Grade C are required along with a minimum of C in a relevant subject.

International entry requirements

We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information under . For details of other equivalent requirements that Middlesex accepts see .

English language requirements

You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components).

Middlesex also offers an (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements. For more information on applying for the pre-sessional please email .

Entry into year two or three (transfer students)

If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex course in year two or three. For full details of how this works see .

Portfolio and Interview

The application is just the first step in our selection process, we also invite you to an interview and review your portfolio of art and design work.
We've put together some simple notes to help you prepare:

Your portfolio

  • The portfolio is expected to consist of 5-10 pages showing a range of recent design work

  • Be selective about the work you show while continuing to show a range of skills and ability

  • Show mostly recent work that you are most proud of

  • Consider how to present your work and the impression the overall look of your portfolio will have on the viewer

  • We like to see lots of work but don't overfill your portfolio - you should be able to carry it by yourself!

  • You do not need to bring large pieces of 3D work, photographs are sufficient

Sketchbooks are extremely important. They should be a 'diary' of your thinking and include observational and speculative drawings/sketches communicating a visual sensitivity. We also look for evidence of how you develop and work through your ideas. Include photographs and collected images and importantly your reaction to them, but avoid letting your sketchbooks being merely scrapbooks

Your interview

Depending on student numbers some interviews will occur in 'teams'. You will be asked to undertake a mini design project within these teams. In the case of low student numbers you will be interviewed individually. We use the interview process to allow us to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests and for you to learn more about us.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Middlesex University.

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