Bournemouth University
Product Design (Integrated Master's) MDes
Bournemouth University

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Why study MDes (Hons) Product Design at BU?

  • Learn how to manufacture physical models and prototypes, as well as produce industry-standard computer models

  • You'll follow the same programme as the BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) Product Design until your final year

  • Use state of the art facilities including a specialist CAD laboratory and our Innovation 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

  • Graduate with a range of skills allowing you to go into a range of careers in the industry from a designer through to production manager. Within 15 months of completing their course, 90% of our graduates were in employment or further study (source DiscoverUni 2021).

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers as meeting the academic requirements for Chartered Technological Product Designer (CTPD).

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 46 graduates of Product Design (Integrated Master's) MDes at Bournemouth University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Product Design.

Overall student satisfaction
81 /100
46 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of Product Design (Integrated Master's) MDes at Bournemouth University

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Product Design (Integrated Master's) MDes 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 £22500 £27000 £33500
25-75 percentile range £21500 - £25000 £23000 - £32000 £26500 - £41500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Product Design

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20046 £20113 £23568
25-75 percentile range £18042 - £24043 £15144 - £24676 £17604 - £29974

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Product Design (Integrated Master's), MDes you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

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

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

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

Example below based on all graduates of Product Design (Integrated Master's) MDes at Bournemouth University

25% Engineering professionals
20% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
20% Design occupations
5% Skilled trades occupations
5% Administrative occupations
5% Business and Financial Project Management Professionals
5% Protective service occupations
5% Web and Multimedia Design Professionals
5% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
5% Business and public service associate professionals

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

The entry requirements for this course are 104-120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

104 - 120 tariff points from Scottish Highers

102 - 118 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.

104 - 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Scottish Advanced Highers.

104 tariff points (Grade D*D)

Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent

104 tariff points (Grade D*D)

28 - 31 overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects

112 tariff points (Grade DMM)

Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-Level or equivalent.

112 tariff points (Grade DMM)

Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-Level or equivalent.

Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent

Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent

Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-Level or equivalent.

AccessBU: AccessBU provides you with the opportunity to tell us about your circumstances that are not always evident in your UCAS application. This widening access initiative also considers relevant criteria such as being in care or if you live in an area with a low participation rate in Higher Education - if you are eligible, your offer could be up to 16 UCAS tariff points below the published tariff. Apprenticeships: We recognise the transferable knowledge and skills gained through apprenticeships and welcome applications from students with a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship recognised by the Institute for Apprenticeships. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Deferred entry: We are happy to consider eligible applicants for deferred entry. If you have already submitted your application, you can request a deferral by contacting our Admissions Team. Direct entry: We welcome applications from students who have previously studied at degree level at other institutions and wish to transfer onto a BU course. Our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) procedure enables credit awarded from one institution to contribute to a BU award, subject to an application process. Please contact our Future Students Enquiry Team for more information. Mature applicants: We recognise that mature applicants may have a wealth of experience rather than formal qualifications, so we’ll consider your application on these merits if included in your application. You’ll need to apply to BU in the usual way through UCAS and you may be invited to an interview to discuss your suitability for the course based on the experience you tell us about in your application.

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.
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Product Design (Integrated Master's), MDes.


Tuition Fees Product Design (Integrated Master's) MDes

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 £16500 year 1
International £16500 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.
Fees for the final year postgraduate: £7,000 UK, ROI & CI or £15,000 Int'l
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, 2024

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
  • year 4

University Rankings

Positions of Bournemouth University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Bournemouth University in related subject specific rankings.

Arts Visual & Performing

    • #22 
    • #29 
    Art & Design
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]

See all university rankings of Bournemouth University

What students say about studying Product Design in the UK?

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  • 10 Qualities of a good product designer

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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Where is this programme taught

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