Product Design

BDes (Hons) Full time

Course Overview

UCAS code: W241
Duration: 4 years
Study type: Full Time
Napier code: 54108BH

Every product we buy, from an MP3 player to the chair we sit on, has been designed to look and work in a certain way. The Product Design course covers a wide scope of design activity and innovation, from commercial 3D objects to conceptual design interventions in spaces and communication. With an emphasis on innovation and user-focus, you will learn a range of skills in visualisation, prototyping, CAD, materials and fabrication while your design research and problem solving skills will be applied to other creative areas such as branding, interaction design and service design.

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Every product we buy, from MP3 players to the chairs we sit on, has been designed to look and work in a certain way.

On this course you'll learn how to design and develop innovative, attractive and usable products, from commercial 3D objects to conceptual design and communications. You will develop diverse skills in visualisation, prototyping, computer aided drawing, materials and fabrication while applying your design research skills to other creative areas such as branding and interaction design. We aim to reflect the changing role of the product designer so you'll explore product design in its most modern contexts, looking at future technologies, changing customer culture and the impact of carbon neutral lifestyles on manufacturing.

You will gain an understanding of the creative economy and professional design practice. We work regularly with our numerous industry partners on live projects and you have the option of taking a credit bearing work placement. Our graduates enjoy a high success rate in gaining employment after graduation, and our alumni form an important part of our industry network. We have an international outlook with students from all over the world. In your 3rd year you have the opportunity to study for one trimester (3 months) with one of our overseas partners in Europe, China, Australia or North America.

You'll develop good research, problem solving, and conceptual development skills, as well as the ability to work on your own initiative. You'll be able to communicate and work in a team and develop an awareness of the business potential of ideas. You'll also gain practical skills in design, sketching, use of digital media, 3D modelling, materials and manufacture, plus business and marketing skills.

This course is eligible for the Erasmus exchange programme.

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What's it like?

Learn how to design and develop innovative, attractive and usable products

Career prospects

We offer industry informed courses which combine the optimum balance of theory and practice to equip graduates for success. 95.4% of our undergraduates are in work or further study within six months of leaving (HESA, 2013). We also offer a unique personal development programme called Stand Out.

This qualification can lead to a number of careers in various areas of design including. After successful completion of the degree you can go on to develop more targeted research and practice have the opportunity to progress to postgraduate level within our Master of Design (MDes) courses.

  • product design
  • industrial design
  • medical equipment design
  • sports equipment design
  • carbon neutral design
  • brand management
  • advertising
  • graphic design
  • web design


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Full-time study (per year)

The fees listed are stated per annum.

Part-time study (per year)

The fees listed are stated per annum.

Part-time study

The number of modules studied is dependant on the exit that you wish to achieve, for example:

  • A Grad Cert is 60 Credits (3 modules)
  • A Cert HE/Grad Dip/ HND is 120 credits (6 modules)
  • A Dip HE credit is 240 credits (12 modules)
  • A Degree is 360 credits (18 modules)
  • An Honours Degree is 480 credits

Please note that some part-time courses give modular exemptions for previous study and vocational experience. Advice is available during application.

Part-time study (per module)

  • A Postgraduate Certificate is 60 credits (3 modules)
  • A Postgraduate Diploma is 120 credits (6 modules)
  • MBA is 180 credits

Fees Table

Fees quoted are per academic year (for a full time programme studied in consecutive years) and reviewed annually unless otherwise noted.

Changes to RUK (England, Wales and N Ireland) student fees in 2015/6

RUK students commencing a four year honours degree in September 2015 will incur maximum tuition fees of £27,000 - £9,000 per year for three of the four years of their programme*.

RUK students commencing a five year MEng programme in September 2015 will incur maximum tuition fees of £36,000 - £9,000 per year for four of the five years of their programme*.
*A student’s last year of study will normally be the year exempt from incurring a fee.

RUK students who began their studies prior to September 2015 will continue to incur a fee for each year of their course at the RUK fee rate applicable to their cohort.

Other expenses

Working out how much you’ll need to live in Edinburgh while studying will vary depending on your priorities, but there are some things everyone will need to budget for. Check out our guide to living costs.
Funding your study

We have lots of funding options available such as the postgraduate tuition fee loan for Scottish & EU students, specific scholarships for students from India and Africa, as well as bursaries & grants for those closer to home in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Visit our funding pages to find out what you could be eligible for.

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