BSC (HONS) ENGINEERING PRODUCT DESIGN (WITH FOUNDATION YEAR)

UK Fees

£9250

Int. Fees

£14900

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Overview

This course is closed to new applicants for September 2024.

Overview

The Foundation Year is distinctive in the way students are prepared with the specific knowledge and skills required to progress onto the BEng programme at LSBU. The foundation year is designed to respond to the differing needs of students, particularly those from local areas in accordance with the policies and practice of equal opportunities.

The content is designed to help students to develop academic, study and practical skills needed at foundation level, including a combination of core engineering modules associated with the provision of study and laboratory skills, mathematics, engineering science and scientific principles and with the specialist engineering subject enabling students to progress to BSc and BEng courses offered by the Division of Mechanical Engineering and Design.

Why study Engineering Product Design at LSBU?

Ranked 1st in the UK for Student Satisfaction for Mechanical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2021).
Expert staff with strong links to industry contacts.
Guest lectures from companies like LEGO.
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.
Hands-on practice, developing products from concept to final model and/or prototype using our exceptional facilities.
It’s project-focused: you’ll spend most of your time in the studio/workshop making creative products that answer a brief.
Ranked 2nd for Overall Satisfaction amongst London Modern competitors in Design Studies (National Student Survey 2020).
Boost your employability with an optional paid professional work experience placement in your third year.
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
ModeFull-time Duration4 years Start dateSeptember Application codeH90F Application method UCAS

Course Accreditations

  • IED

Location

London South Bank University student union is located at 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA.

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Entry Level Requirements

  • A Level DD or;
  • BTEC National Diploma MPP or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with Pass or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 64 UCAS points
  • 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.

Missing English and Maths qualifications?

If you do not have the required English and Maths qualifications needed to satisfy the entry requirements for this programme, we have courses available at our partner College that you can take to upskill in these areas. Find out more at South Bank College.

Advanced entry

If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.

United Kingdom

£9250

Tuition fees for home students

International

£14900

Tuition fees for international students

Tuition fees are subject to annual inflationary increases. Find out more about tuition fees for Undergraduate or Postgraduate courses.

  • Full-time

    full-time

    BSc (Hons) Engineering Product Design (with Foundation Year) (FT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2024/25
    UK fee: £9250 International fee: £14900
    AOS/LSBU code: 5923 Session code: 1FS00
    Total course fee:
    UK (excluding any optional years): £37000
    UK (including any optional years): £37000
    International (excluding any optional years): £59600
    International (including any optional years): £59600

    BSc (Hons) Engineering Product Design (with Foundation Year) (FT) - Year 2

    The fee shown is for entry 2024/25
    UK fee: £9250 International fee: £14900
    AOS/LSBU code: 5923 Session code: 2FS00
    Total course fee:
    UK (excluding any optional years): £37000
    UK (including any optional years): £37000
    International (excluding any optional years): £59600
    International (including any optional years): £59600

    BSc (Hons) Engineering Product Design (with Foundation Year) (FT) - Year 3

    The fee shown is for entry 2024/25
    UK fee: £9250 International fee: £14900
    AOS/LSBU code: 5923 Session code: 3FS00
    Total course fee:
    UK (excluding any optional years): £37000
    UK (including any optional years): £37000
    International (excluding any optional years): £59600
    International (including any optional years): £59600

    BSc (Hons) Engineering Product Design (with Foundation Year) (FT) - Year 4

    The fee shown is for entry 2024/25
    UK fee: £0 International fee: £0
    AOS/LSBU code: 5923 Session code: 4FS00
    Total course fee:
    UK (excluding any optional years): £37000
    UK (including any optional years): £37000
    International (excluding any optional years): £59600
    International (including any optional years): £59600

    BSc (Hons) Engineering Product Design (with Foundation Year) (FT) - Year 5

    The fee shown is for entry 2024/25
    UK fee: £9250 International fee: £14900
    AOS/LSBU code: 5923 Session code: 5FS00
    Total course fee:
    UK (excluding any optional years): £37000
    UK (including any optional years): £37000
    International (excluding any optional years): £59600
    International (including any optional years): £59600

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

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 391 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

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

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

International students

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

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Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode Full-time Duration 4 years Start date September Application code H90F Application method UCAS

Accommodation

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Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

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Prepare to start

Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.

Enrolment

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

FOUNDATION YEAR

Semester One

  • Applied Mathematics - 20 credits
    This module is designed to provide students with the mathematical knowledge at and skills to support the learning of students at level S and entry requirements for the BEng or BSc programmes. The module and teaching and learning activities are designed and intended for a mixed cohort of mature students with some prior learning experience and younger students with below ‘A’ level mathematical background.
  • Scientific Principles of Engineering - 20 credits
    This module covers the principles of chemistry and physics at level S. It serves as a preparatory module for students intending to undertake engineering undergraduate degree courses in the University. The module introduces students to a range of skills required for engineering courses in both chemical and physical aspects, as appropriate to their intended programme of study.
  • Study Laboratory and Skills - 20 credits
    This module introduces students to both Study and Laboratory Skills to provide them with the knowledge and skills required at foundation level S and for entry into BEng or BSc programmes. The module introduces study skills considering both individual and team-working skills, it covers exam preparation, revision and question answering techniques. It introduces students to their own Personal Development Planning processes. It also enables students to develop and use appropriate safe working practices in the workshop or laboratory environment specific to subject /discipline.
  • Semester Two

  • Mathematics for Engineering - 20 credits
    This module is designed to provide students with the mathematical knowledge and skills necessary for transition to level 4 study of engineering subjects. The class this module is designed and intended for is a mixed cohort of mature students with some prior learning experience and younger students with below A-level mathematical background. Students will attend lectures and tutorial where worked exercises are undertaken. Where possible, the statistical content will introduce the use of statistical packages and the presentation of real-life data sets.  All students will keep a logbook of the problems tackled.
  • Engineering Science - 20 credits
    This module is aimed at extending the science knowledge acquired in semester one, in preparation with engineering principles required for continuing their engineering degree. It covers general applied physical principles, including dynamics, statics, fluids, heat and energy.
  • Engineering Design and Modelling - 20 credits
    This is an introductory module to engineering design. Students are taught the basic design process and apply this to a simple product. Students are also introduced to the workshop and simple model making tools. Students learn basic drawings skills and also where engineering design sits within a home and globalised company. As the stream specialist module for Mechanical Engineering and Design students it integrates many of the previous learned skills, and requires the students to analyse and present their data in a standard scientific manner.
  • YEAR ONE - LEVEL 4

    • Design Methods - 40 credits
      The module is an introductory experience for students on the BSc Product Design course 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, students will cover design methodology, physical prototyping, workshop skills, and an introduction to materials and manufacturing technology. Assessment: 100% Coursework.
    • Visual Communications – 20 credits
      This module will deal with free hand drawing and sketching, technical drawing, graphic communication and digital visual tools. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
    • CAD 1 - 20 credits
      The module provides an introduction to the principles and use of Computer Aided Design techniques and software for Product and Engineering design. It includes a grounding in Engineering Drawing techniques and conventions. Assessment: 100% Coursework.
    • Introduction to Mechanical and Electronic Engineering - 20 credits
      This module develops concepts in engineering science relevant for engineering product design. The content of the module is split in two sections: mechanical engineering and low voltage electronic engineering content. Although the content is in two sections, it's expected that the teaching method provides an integrated approach to the subject. Assessment methods: 100% coursework.
    • Mathematics - 20 credits
      This module consolidates the mathematical skills that underpin the BEng engineering degrees. It's specifically designed to cater for the wide differences in mathematical background of 1st year students, as well as to prepare you for the Advanced Engineering Mathematics and Modelling module that you'll take in the second year. Assessment methods: 100% exam.

    YEAR TWO - LEVEL 5

    • Design Thinking and Applications - 20 credits
      The module will build on the experience in the Design Methods 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 allow students to experience a thorough range of design process cycles and develop various resolution prototypes in relation to the weighting of the assignments. You will need to reflect on the increasing diversity in product, service interaction design and “design thinking” as a component of business development. Assessment: 100% Coursework
    • Design Contexts and Communications - 20 credits
      The 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 the design capabilities of the student, in order to leave them in a strong position for gaining a work placement and/or graduate employment. Assessment: 100% Coursework
    • CAD 2 - 20 credits
      This module develops advanced Computer Aided Design skills and introduces students to the principles of Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM), and communication and demonstration of these ideas through photo-realistic rendering and digital animations. Assessment: 100% Coursework
    • Solid Mechanics and FEA – 20 credits
      This module will provide new concepts in the deformation of materials under different loading conditions and extend the application of fundamental principles of solid mechanics to more advanced systems, building on knowledge gained through Engineering and mechanical Principles. The module will provide basic concepts and the principles of the finite element analysis (FEA) techniques and the application of FEA in structural and stress analysis. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
    • Machine Drives and Mechatronics – 20 credits
      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 students to be informed by different perspectives, people and disciplines, enabling collaborative exchange of knowledge. Assessment: 100% Coursework
    • Design and Manufacture Project - 20 credits
      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 THREE - SANDWICH WORK PLACEMENT

    • Optional Placement Year
      Students benefit enormously from spending a period of time in industry, whatever course you undertake. This module is designed to provide students 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. Students are required to work in a situation where you are 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 (30 weeks) in some form of appropriately employed or voluntary capacity within the industry, in its broadest terms. You are 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.

    YEAR FOUR - LEVEL 6

    • Research Methods for Design Projects - 20 credits
      In this module students identify a suitable subject for the Product Design Project; you then develop a project brief and work plan, which are presented visually and verbally in addition to their preliminary contextual research and justification for the proposed project. Students also develop brand identity for the Design Degree Show, which may be pitched to experts and/or design professionals. Assessment: 100% Coursework
    • Portfolio Engineering Projects – 20 credits
      This module will develop students’ professional skills and portfolio in preparation for a career as a Design Engineer. Students will apply knowledge and understanding of a range of Engineering Design principles and techniques to analyse and solve design problems, exploring design alternatives and understanding the implications of trade-offs in the design process. They will learn how to prototype and implement their proposed solutions using appropriate digital manufacturing technologies. In addition to this there will be significant content relating to management of the design process, presentation of ideas, and working in teams. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
    • Innovation and Enterprise – 20 credits
      This module forms part of the common Engineering curriculum for the University. It is intended to be practical, with students developing some appropriate ideas of their own in such a way that they become real propositions. Students will practice ways of finding and testing ideas and then developing them, and will write business strategies, risk assessments and scenario tests, so that they can demonstrate the commercial viability of their ideas. The module also covers aspects of intellectual property. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
    • Engineering Product Design Project - 60 credits
      The Engineering Product Design Project requires you to develop an engineered 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. The project deliverables will include a detailed record of the design development process, a fully developed artefact, and an analytical report that demonstrates the application of technical engineering expertise to the proposed solution. The project will give you an opportunity to explore a chosen specialist field in order to develop expertise and demonstrate a in 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.

    Assessment

    This course is assessed entirely through coursework: there are no formal exams

    Each module is assessed by the process that is deemed most appropriate to the subject matter. In many engineering subjects, this may mean that there is a combination of coursework and examination, whilst in design and business-based modules assessment is by 100% coursework. When and where appropriate assessment is undertaken as group presentations and critiques. During and after critiques, students benefit from oral and written feedback. As and when appropriate, assignments are submitted to the faculty office or digitally through the VLE and are assessed by academic staff who provide written feedback and tutorial advice.

    The product design project at level 6 (final year) is assessed by a variety of means, including the public display of work in the annual degree show, and the opportunity to be selected to display their projects at the New Designers exhibition.

    Facilities

    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 you'll 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; and
    • 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

      Facilities

      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 you'll 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; and
      • 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

    Careers

    Employability Service

    At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

    • Free employability workshop and events for student all year round, more details can be found on our event section.
    • Online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
    • LSBU Careers Hub offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and support, guidance on future careers, as well as loads of career resources, connecting you with employers, exciting events, 1-1 support and relevant workshops.

    Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

    Combining flair and vision with practical skill, Product Design is an exciting course that will set you on course for a creative, fulfilling career.

    Our recent graduates are pursuing successful careers with companies like LEGO, VosLED, Cogent Healthcare Systems, BDP and Complete Fabrication. Others have set up businesses or work as freelance product designers. From design consultancies to manufacturing companies, there’s a wealth of choice for you.

    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. These are the very skills that will set you in high demand from industry employers!

    Take a look at some potential careers, including product designer, in our Prospects section.

    Graduate success stories

    As well as recent graduates going into jobs with design consultancies and manufacturing companies, they 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

    To us, your professional career begins as soon as you start the course, so we continuously prepare you for real-world challenges from the first day of your study.

    We have a panel of advisers from the industry to make sure that the course content is up-to-date and matches employers’ needs. And this means our graduates are in demand.

    Our professional links with the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) mean that our course content is regularly reviewed and revised, making absolutely sure that we are teaching the skills and techniques that the design industry needs from graduates.


    Institute of Engineering Designers logo

    The IED is the UK's only professional body representing those working in the field of Engineering Design. Members work in a diverse range of industries that span product design, architecture, mechanical, automotive and aircraft design, design education, IT and computing.

    Work experience opportunities

    Most of our third year students choose to improve their employability by undertaking a year-long placement in industry, and we help you to find your placement. The rewards speak for themselves; work experience gives you the opportunity of testing and adapting the skills that you have learned in class within a workplace environment. It also builds your professional network.

    Teaching and Assessment

    Our teaching staff are experts, with a great deal to share. 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, tutorials, seminars and lab-based study Self-directed study
    Year 1 38% 62%
    Year 2 38% 62%
    Year 3 20% 80%

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    Contact information

    Course Enquiries - UK

    Tel: 0207 815 7500

    International team enquiry

    Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6189

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