About This Course
This is the English-medium course. The Welsh-medium Product Design course has a different UCAS code.
Design stimulates the development of an enquiring, analytical and creative approach, and progresses enterprising and entrepreneurial capabilities. It encourages the acquisition of independent judgement and critical self-awareness. Students normally pursue a programme of staged development progressing to increasingly independent and personally-focused learning during the course.
The BSc Product Design degree course at Bangor University‘s Design and Technology Centre is a diverse design course which focuses on a wide range of design sectors as well as developing your professional skills. We are the only UK University to offer a Product Design degree course with three separate industrial work placements which will allow you to experience a diverse range of working environments, projects and companies.
Your three years at Bangor University will see you immersed in the design and manufacture of products. You will study human centred design and design thinking methodologies. A range of briefs will challenge and develop you both creatively and professionally. Projects with industrial partners will ensure a grounding and context of how the industry works. Your challenge will be to be creative and ensure innovation within the given brief.
By the end of this course you will be able to adapt and interact with a wide range of professional, industrial and creative environments, as the Product Design course will have taught you a wide range of skills, from time management to presentational skills, evolving you into a capable multi-disciplinary designer.
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Product Design Degree Show & Conference
- We produce high calibre students with a wide range of real world applicable skills and a high percentage of our students achieve and graduate with a 1st class degree
- Studying at the Bangor University Design Centre, which is a highly equipped, professional working environment and also an accredited CAD/CAM training centre
- Excellent student staff ratios.
- Personal tutor support on both an educational and pastoral level
- Three placements across the degree rather than one year long placement at the end of the course, which gives you the chance to improve and develop as an individual
- Each year many of our students graduate straight into jobs with many of them securing a post at their second or third year placement companies.
- Top 15 for Design Employability (Times Good University Guide 2020).
- High levels of professional development, oral presentational skills, confidence and work placement analytical report writing skills
- Wide range of facilities, including workshop, plasma cutter, 3D printer, laser cutter and new building Pontio with an innovation centre
- No cost for materials or usage of workshop machinery
- Students are in agreement that this course prepares them for industry and employment.
- At least 19 hours contact time per week in lectures/seminars
- Reading, preparing for seminars, completing coursework
- Assessment of Professional Studies elements through coursework and examinations
- Ongoing assessment of subject study modules
- Monitoring work experience by tutors
- Regular personal tutorials.
What will you study on this course?
The course is designed to give you a broad foundation in product design, and will consist of four 30 credit modules each year:
- Professional Studies
- Subject Studies (two modules)
- Work Experience
In Professional Studies, you will learn about the issues affecting product designers:
- Organisations and Management
- Product Management
In Subject Studies modules, you will learn about the design and use of the knowledge and skills you gain through product design and the production/refinement of prototypes:
- Design Principles
- Communication and Design Models
- Computer Aided Design (CAD)
- Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM)
- Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
- Production Skills
- Sustainable Development
- Presentation Skills
Workplace Experience consists of 24 weeks over three years:
- 8 week block during each year
- Support from experienced mentors
- Visits by college liaison tutors
- Leadership and Strategy
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Product Design (English-medium course) Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
General University Costs
Home (UK) students
- The cost of a full-time undergraduate course is £9,000 per year (2021/22 entry).
- More information on fees and finance for Home (UK) students.
International (including EU) students
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for additional guest tickets (c.£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
For 2021 entry:
GCSE: English Language grade C/4.
Typical offer is based on a minimum of 80 - 120 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:
- A Levels (including a grade C in Design and Technology or an Art/Engineering subject)
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMP - DDM
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical/Extended Diploma: MMP - DDM
- International Baccalaureate Diploma
- Irish Leaving Certificate: 80 - 120 points from a minimum of 4 Higher subjects
- Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Welsh Baccalaureate.
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here.
We also welcome applications from mature applicants.
*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.
General University Requirements
To study for a degree, you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com.
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more information about studying as a mature student, see our Studying at Bangor section of the website.
EU and International Students' Entry Requirements
For detailed guidance on the entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor University International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
Currently our Product Design degree course has a 90% employment rate and our Design and Technology teaching course stands at 100% employment, because of the nature of the course is so professional and allows you to develop into a diverse and talented designer. All of our students are in agreement that the course sufficiently prepares them for industry and employment and this is down to the three work placements you will partake in during your three years which will allow you to diversify and develop your skills making you more employable.
Our students have a the highest rate of employability across the country after completing our course, due to the intense structure of the course which makes them into highly professional and employable designers.
This course will prepare you for a wide range of careers, with options including:
- product and industrial design
- design consultancy and management
- sales, advertising and marketing
- computer aided design and manufacture
- technical management design
- design and technology teaching
The skills and talents learnt on work placement are transferable to the real world, with many of our students continuing to work for their third year work placement company after graduation. Some of the placements companies that our students have gone to include:
- International Safety Components
- Fifth Wheel Company
- Urban Picnic
- Aston Martin
- Prism Medical UK
- Westbridge Furniture Design
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)
With the BEA, you can gain recognition for your extra-curricular activities (e.g. volunteering, clubs and societies, part-time work, etc.)
Bangor University runs a paid internship scheme within the university’s academic and service departments.
Volunteering widens your experience and improves your employability. Find out more about the volunteering on the Students’ Union’s website.