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School of Mechanical Engineering

Product Design MDes, BDes

MDes, BDes Product Design


Product design is an activity which defines and reflects society and culture, shaping our environment, facilitating daily life and providing a powerful medium for communication and reflection.

Our innovative multi-disciplinary degree course in Product Design has been developed to produce skilled, creative designers who understand both aesthetics and technology, key attributes identified by many leading employers in the sector. It bridges the gap between visual-arts-led and engineering-led product design courses and gives Leeds graduates a significant advantage by equipping them with a wider variety of employment opportunities.

During your final year you will undertake an individual project, which provides you with the opportunity to apply the skills and the knowledge you have learnt throughout the course. You will develop a project from market need, through design generation and evaluation to a working prototype. As well as a technical understanding, you will gain the planning, time management, presentation and report writing skills which are in demand from employers. At the end of the project you will be given the opportunity to showcase your work at our annual Product Design degree showcase.

UCAS Code: H790 (MDes, BDes) or H795 (BDes)
Our students typically undertake an integrated masters (MDes, BDes) which means your undergraduate degree can be extended to postgraduate level.
Industrial placements: Yes
Study abroad: Yes
Course duration: 3 or 4 years depending on option taken.
Start date: September
Course fees: UK/EU: £9,000; International: £16,500
Information about living expenses and financial support can be found on the University's website.
Scholarships: Scholarships and bursaries worth up to £8,000 available.
Product Design Showcase 2013 brochure: Download

2015 entry
This course is available for entry in September 2015.
Fees and scholarships: tbc.


The tables below show the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2013. This information is taken from the University Programme Catalogue, which is a tool designed for current students to select modules.

If you are looking to start your studies in September 2014 a list of modules is available in the 2014 brochure.

This is an indicative list and actual content may vary as we regularly review the content or our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

Career options

Graduates can expect excellent career prospects, ranging from employment opportunities with manufacturers with in-house design departments to design consultanies. Other employers will be interested in skills and abilities developed throughout the course such as communication skills and ability to critically analyse and produce creative solutions to problems. Therefore, graduates will also be well placed to pursue and develop careers in marketing, advertising and management consultancy.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the integrated masters (MDes, BDes) and the standalone BDes are the same.

A-level: AAA (excluding General Studies). Preferably including an art and design related A-level such as Design, Design Technology or Art and Design and usually including a minimum grade B Mathematics and Science at GSCE level.

Engineering Diploma: Grade A (plus A or above in a design related subjects A-level).

BTEC Extended Diploma: D*DD

IB: 35 points overall, with 18 points at higher level.

We also welcome and accept students with a wide range of alternative UK and international qualifications.

English language requirements: GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification.

How to apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS).

If you require any further information please contact our admissions team, e: t: +44 (0)113 343 2149