Bournemouth University
Product Design BA (Hons)
Bournemouth University

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 30 graduates of Product Design BA (Hons) at Bournemouth University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Design Studies.

Overall student satisfaction
86 /100
30 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in Design Studies

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Design Studies at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23500 £27000 £33500
25-75 percentile range £22000 - £27500 £23000 - £32000 £26500 - £41500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Design Studies

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22025 £20113 £23568
25-75 percentile range £19981 - £25071 £15144 - £24676 £17604 - £29974

Course Description

This cutting-edge course will give you the skills and guidance to develop successful commercial products. Take a creative and innovative approach to problem solving, while addressing the functional, social and economic needs of your design.

Why study BA (Hons) Product Design at BU?

  • Graduate with a balanced view of the product development process, learning all the practical and theoretical skills necessary to work in the sector.
  • Use state of the art facilities including a specialist CAD laboratory and our manufacturing design centre.
  • Spend your third year on a work placement, gaining at least 30 weeks experience in a relevant industry
  • Design your own original product and make a working prototype in your final year and exhibit it at our annual Festival of Design & Engineering.
  • Choose to extend your undergraduate study and continue to the award of Master of Design (MDes) Product Design.
  • Be career-ready like 90% of our graduates in employment or further study 15 months after graduation, with skills allowing you to go into a variety of careers in the industry from a designer through to production manager. (source DiscoverUni 2023).

The BA (Hons) Product Design focuses on the aesthetic and contextual issues relating to product design whereas the BSc focuses on the technological aspect of design. You don’t need to decide which route you’ll take until your final year.

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirements for Registered Product Designer (RProdDes).

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Product Design BA (Hons) at Bournemouth University

25% Natural and social science professionals
15% Sales occupations
10% Process, plant and machine operatives
5% Administrative occupations
5% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
5% Conservation and environment professionals
5% Elementary occupations
0% Business and public service associate professionals
0% Information Technology Professionals
0% Elementary occupations

Grading & Study Time

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6

IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading.

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Product Design, BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Product Design BA (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £18800 year 1
International £18800 year 1

Additional fee information

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. Fees during your placement year (if applicable): £1,850.

Visit Bournemouth University's website for full details

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2025

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)
  • year 2
  • year 3

University Rankings

Positions of Bournemouth University in top UK and global rankings.

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About Bournemouth University

Established in 1976, Bournemouth University is located in the coastal town of Poole, South West England. Just 20 minutes away from Bournemouth Beach by bicycle, this university has earned itself numerous awards as both a provider of education and of employment. Apart from their reputable courses and programmes that they offer, Bournemouth University gives particular importance to their more than 130 student clubs on-site, which they believe are essential for keeping students happy, as well as giving them the means to add new skills and experiences to their resumes. Bournemouth University has plenty of restaurants, bars, and retail options nearby and the location is great for those who enjoy strolls near the seaside and a pleasant and different social life.

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