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Product Design BSc (Hons)


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This exciting and challenging course teaches you how to design effective products, services and systems and become a well-rounded designer with a broad range of skills.

6 reasons to study here

Number one London modern university: For overall student satisfaction in design studies, National Student Survey 2016.
Professional accreditation: Our course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and is one of the longest-running degrees to hold that accreditation.
Employability skills: We teach creative thinking, innovation, design analysis, engineering mathematics, 2D and 3D CAD skills, design for manufacture, and business enterprise.
Product development: Opportunity to develop products from concept to final model and/or prototype.
Project-focused: There are studio/workshop based design assignments, and students spend much of their time involved in design project work.
Work experience: Option to complete your third year in a paid professional work placement.

This degree course covers...

The course is centred around studio/workshop based design assignments and you spend much of your time involved in design project work. Individual project work allows you to develop as a designer, while group work reflects the reality of your future professional life. This course covers:

  • design fundamentals
  • manufacturing processes
  • materials
  • workshop practice
  • ergonomics and inclusive design
  • alternative and emerging technologies
  • market awareness.

You'll display your work at our end of year degree show.


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
3 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus
4 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus

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The course covers:

  1. Fundamentals of design including freehand drawing, engineering drawing, computer aided design, desktop publishing, model making, creative problem solving and the cultural context of design
  2. Basic knowledge of manufacturing processes, materials and materials properties and engineering principles
  3. Practical applications including producing design drawings, learning safe workshop practice and producing a useful product
  4. An understanding of people's needs, ergonomics and inclusive design
  5. The development of sustainable products and services (the environmental, social and economic) impact of products, product life cycles and alternative technologies
  6. New materials, emerging technologies and future products
  7. History of design
  8. Fashion, taste and style
  9. Impact of market awareness, demand and competition
  10. A major design project that is exhibited in a public exhibition at the end of your course.

Methods of assessment for course overall: 100%

Year 1

  • Design methods
    This module is an introductory experience for students on the BSc Product Design cluster and covers the majority of practical work to be undertaken at first year level –design methods, process and projects. Using design projects as a vehicle, you'll cover design methodology, physical prototyping, workshop skills, and an introduction to materials and manufacturing technology. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Visual communications 
    This module will deal with free hand drawing and sketching, technical drawing, graphic communication and digital visual tools. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Digital design and modelling
    This module provides an introduction to the principles and use of Computer Aided Design techniques and software for product and engineering design. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Inclusive design and usability
    This module is an introduction to principles of human-centred design, universal design, user profiling, anthropometrics and ergonomics. Many areas in our society require a radical rethink to allow all individuals to live fuller, more socially integrated, independent and inclusive. The module contributes to develop a user-centred design literate graduate by introducing design-thinking methods that encourage wellbeing and people’s empowerment. It leads to systems, products and/or services that are physically, cognitively and emotionally intuitive to use with an aesthetic awareness. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Design for a sustainable society
    Knowledge of sustainability is of paramount importance to designers because they make a significant contribution to the majority of designed products. Therefore, this module introduces you to the three fundamental principles of sustainability (environmental, social and economic factors) and highlights the importance of their integration in order to create properly sustainable design output. The module also helps you develop your creativity and problem-solving skills to produce aesthetically pleasing and intuitive design proposals at the same time as developing fundamental understanding of technological principles and applications (general mechanical, electrical, electronic concept, trigonometry etc.). In addition to learning about sustainability, the module will educate you for sustainability by encouraging you to practice sustainability in other aspects of your life and become a sustainability literate graduate. Assessment method: 100% coursework.

Year 2

  • Design thinking and applications 
    This module will build on the experience gained in the first year Design Thinking and Practice module and other first year modules and aims to develop design thinking methodology and product development practice for the placement (sandwich) year and the final year projects. The module will aim to allow you to experience a thorough range of design process cycles and develop various resolution prototypes in relation to the weighting of the assignments; you'll need to reflect on the increasing diversity in product, service, interaction design and “design thinking” as a component of business development. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Design contexts and communications 
    This module will enhance fundamental employability skills for a graduate in the contemporary design industry. It builds on the concepts that were introduced in Level 4 modules, with a view to creation of a professional portfolio that reflects your design capabilities, in order to leave you in a strong position for gaining a work placement and/or graduate employment. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Design futures and emerging technologies
    This module will raise your awareness of new design approaches, emerging technological and scientific research, as well as ethical, economic and sociocultural changes in the society. It will enhance your ability to address and think critically about future challenges. It will also explore new design methods to provide opportunities for interdisciplinary skills to be developed. Projects will encourage you to be informed by different perspectives, people and disciplines, enabling collaborative exchange of knowledge. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Digital visualization and CAD
    This module develops advanced Computer Aided Design skills and introduces you to the principles of Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM), and communication and demonstration of these ideas through photo-realistic rendering, and digital animations. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Design interactions
    This module explores new roles, contexts and approaches for design in relation to the social, cultural and ethical impact of existing and emerging technologies. Projects will encourage you to be informed by different perspectives, people and disciplines, enabling collaborative exchange of knowledge. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Design and manufacture project
    This module will allow you to apply ‘design thinking’ techniques and methods coupled with their user centred-focus and practical skills, to the design, development and production of a working prototype of a product. Assessment method: 100% coursework.

Year 3

  • Optional placement year
    Students benefit enormously from spending a period of time in industry, whatever course they undertake. This module is designed to provide you with first-hand knowledge and experience in an appropriate industrial setting. Some design and creative industries work largely on the basis of long-term salaried positions, others work on the basis of subcontracted and specialist working, usually of a short-term nature. You're required to work in a situation where you're accountable to an outside company or person for the work you carry out. The employment in total needs to be the equivalent of at least a complete academic year in some form of appropriately employed or voluntary capacity within the industry, in its broadest terms. You're required to have access to the local management in order to understand the ways in which management decisions and actions take place, as well as concentrating on achieving the best performance possible in the technicalities of the placement work. Assessment method: 100% coursework.

Year 4

  • Research methods for design project
    In this module you'll identify a suitable subject for your Design Project; you'll then develop a project brief and work plan, which will be presented visually and verbally in addition to your preliminary contextual research and justification for the proposed project. You'll also develop brand identity for the Design Degree Show, which may be pitched to experts and/or design professionals. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Portfolio design projects
    This module aims to augment your design portfolio with subsidiary projects in addition to your major design project. These projects and their communication (both physical and digital) will be useful to students preparing for graduation and life after University. The module will give you a chance to give breadth to your professional portfolio and perhaps develop ideas and concepts that demonstrate different thought processes to those demonstrated in your major project. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Design and culture
    In this module you'll engage in primary and secondary source research to investigate and critically analyse a subject related to the profession and practice of Product Design in order to produce a well written and illustrated dissertation that broadens your understanding of the various factors that influence the design process and profession. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Service and system design
    This module will allow you to investigate how your 'design thinking' techniques, methods and practical skills can be applied to other aspects of commerce and society. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Product design project
    The Product Design Project requires you to develop a solution from concept through to artefact based on the subject that is identified via the Research Methods for Design Projects module. The artefact may be physical and/or digital, and the design output could include system or service design. The project deliverables will include a detailed record of the design development, a fully developed artefact, and an analytical and reflective review. The project provides an opportunity to explore a chosen specialist field in order to develop expertise and demonstrate depth of understanding. In order to execute your individual project you'll draw on selected tools and resources learned in previous modules and produce a coherent and professional methodology for the intended solution. Assessment method: 100% coursework.


This course will prepare you for an exciting career in product design and development - covering the full design cycle from concept through to manufacture.

As well as working with design and manufacturing companies, many of our graduates set up their own businesses or work as freelancers.

The course will enable you to develop a wide range of employability skills through ensuring you develop a portfolio of practical skills, including: freehand drawing; graphic design; human factors and ergonomics; 2D and 3D CAD; and physical prototyping.

The course has a focus on studio-based design assignments and design project work. You'll learn how to propose workable and functional solutions within financial constraints whilst still delivering compelling, aesthetic products.

If you choose to take the sandwich year, where you gain valuable experience in the industry, your employment prospects will improve further.

What to expect from your career

Product Designers work as part of a multi-disciplinary team - with design engineers, researchers, marketers, sales teams and customer services. They also collaborate with end users to gain a real understanding of what the product needs to do, and the best ways to approach a solution.

They are then involved throughout the creative journey, brainstorming ideas and sketching them out, using CAD software to make up specific designs before creating prototypes or working models. They test designs, research the costs of production and likely volumes needed, and present and feedback at senior level on how a project is running and how successful the product ultimately been.

Typical salaries

Due to the varied nature of product design, salaries can vary significantly, and designers with a few years' experience can earn between £20,000 and £40,000.

Graduate success stories

Recent graduates from this course have gone onto jobs with design consultancies and manufacturing companies including: LEGO, VosLED, Cogent Healthcare, Building Design Partnership and Complete Fabrication.

Recent graduates have also excelled in design competitions:

  • Jack Ogborn (winner, IED Student Design Award)
  • Matilde Rodriguez and Izzatullah Ahmadi (winners, Design Factory @ Design Museum)
  • Andrew Hodgson (winner, DFI furniture design)

After graduation I went to work for LEGO in Denmark where I spent four years working as a design/model maker before coming back to London to work for WOW Toys as a Design Manager.

Peter Grinsell, Alumnus, BSc Product Design

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page


You are encouraged to spend your third (sandwich) year on placement in industry; this gives you the opportunity of testing and adapting the skills that you have learned in class within a workplace environment. It also gives you an invaluable networking opportunity. Placement jobs often lead to 'live' projects in their final year that are sponsored by the companies, and many of our students have been employed by their placement companies on graduation.


Dr Deborah Andrews

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Associate Professor - Design

Deborah specialises in sustainable design and manufacture and their application in new and emerging business models, as well as human-centred and inclusive design.

James Barnham

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Design and Practice

James works as part of the Nathi Puri Institute team within LSBU and is a passionate product designer with interests in many technical areas and markets.

Ben Clarke

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Lecturer in Engineering Product Design

Andrew Forkes

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Course Director, BSc (Hons) Product Design

Andrew lectures in industrial design that works with students to foster a creative and professional attitude to an industry that is constantly evolving due to societal and technological change.

Robin Jones

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Acting Head of Mechanical Engineering and Design

Robin's interest is focused on the emergent multi-disciplinary practices in product design, centred on the user-centric design and the factors appertaining to product success.

Susana Soares

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Susana is a designer, researcher and lecturer. Her work often explores future technological implications for public engagement and awareness. This includes developing collaborative frameworks between design and other disciplines.

Glen Thompson

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Glen is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering. He comes from a background in Art, Design and Engineering.

Barney Townsend

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Senior Lecturer and Course Director BSc (Hons) Engineering Product Design

Barney Townsend's teaches on Design Methods, CAD, and Prototyping, and his research explores novel CAD interfaces and future applications for additive manufacturing technologies.


Our course philosophy places making at the heart of the design process; you'll learn in an environment that is highly in tune with refined technologies. You'll gain the knowledge and training needed to meet future demands for products and services, and the requirements of employers in the design industry.

Well-placed and considered investment means our students' have access to up-to-date and large-scale workshops, laboratories and design studios. Through hands-on engineering experience you'll learn how to test, measure, design and produce your own prototypes, bringing ideas off the drawing board or computer screen and into full-size and functional 3D models.

Our workshop capabilities include:

  • 'Soft' modelling operations, for prototypes in card, clay, foam, or wood;
  • Machining capabilities using milling machines, lathes, and others, both manually and CNC controlled;
  • Welding and metal fabrication;
  • Digital prototyping including laser cutting, silicone soft tooling and resign casting , and a range of 3D printing technologies;
  • Paint finishing facility;
  • Reverse engineering through CMM and 3D scanning;
  • Composite manufacture in fibre glass and carbon fibre;
  • Electronics and robotics laboratories;
  • Material testing laboratories;
  • Photography and video editing studios;
  • A virtual engineering suite for 3D visualisation and testing.

Find out more about our workshops and industry-standard software packages.

The workshops are great and really inspirational environments. The tutors have expert knowledge and can provide insight from their own professional design careers.

Kadeza Begum, Alumna, BSc Product Design
  • Virtual Engineering lab

    Virtual Engineering lab

    Our virtual engineering laboratory allows engineering students to walk around their designs and view them in 3-D, as well as experiment and improve on them in real-time.

Teaching and learning

Our teaching staff have a great amount of experience. Whether they're teaching, carrying out research or involved in consultancy for industry they have the skills to make a difference to you. You'll learn both intellectual and practical skills in a modern, well-equipped environment that blends traditional manufacturing equipment and sophisticated technology.

Applied approach to learning

You'll learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work. Taking on both group and individual projects, we assess your work through a mixture of coursework and exams, with project and laboratory work counting towards your final award. We also teach you the life skills of effective communication, problem solving, project planning and team working that will set you apart and give you the best chance of getting the job you want after you graduate.

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures, seminars and lab-based study Self-directed study
Year 1 38% 62%
Year 2 38% 62%
Year 3 20% 80%

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level BBB or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 24 Distinctions 21 Merit  including a minimum of 3 Merits in Design Technology, Maths and Physics or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 122 UCAS points
  • Level 3 qualifications must include art/ design or show evidence of engagement with creativity
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C

We normally require a portfolio of work and in many instances will also interview potential applicants to assess suitability for the course.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
3 years
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4 years
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All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.


Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £12500
AOS/LSBU code: 3143Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU (excluding any optional years) £27750
UK/EU (including any optional years) £27750
International (excluding any optional years) £37500
International (including any optional years) £37500

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.


We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Applicant Open Days

To help you and your family feel confident about your university choice we run Applicant Open Days. These are held at subject level so students start getting to know each other and the academic staff who will be teaching them. These events are for applicants only and as an applicant you would receive an email invitation to attend the relevant event for your subject.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

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