Queen's University of Belfast
Product Design Engineering BEng (Hons)
Queen's University of Belfast

Key Course Facts

Course Description

The main objective of the Product Design Engineering degree is to produce graduates with a broad and balanced set of skills and attributes required for the design and manufacture of innovative technical products. The course has many modules in common with the Mechanical Engineering degree, particularly in the first year. From Year 2 there is a focus on design process and methodology developing professional competence in the identification of need, conception, design, analysis, materials and manufacturing requirements. The integrated curriculum is structured to connect content from different modules through team-based and individual projects which act as a core activity each year.

The accredited BEng (Hons) will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer and Students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UKSPEC. The accredited BEng (Hons) will also automatically meet in full, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 10 graduates of Product Design Engineering BEng (Hons) and other courses in at Queen's University of Belfast for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in .

Overall student satisfaction
73 /100
10 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of all UK Graduates of engineering (non-specific)

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £31637 £35380 £40536
25-75 percentile range £26801 - £37618 £27710 - £44237 £31831 - £51154

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Product Design Engineering, BEng (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

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 Engineering BEng (Hons) at Queen's University of Belfast

60% Engineering professionals
15% Business and public service associate professionals
10% Managers, directors and senior officials
10% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
10% Artistic, literary and media occupations

Grading & Study Time

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for engineering (non-specific)

Qualification requirements

Including A-level Mathematics + one from Physics (preferred), Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Technology & Design or Double Award Life and Health Sciences. A-level General Studies and Critical Thinking are normally excluded from offers. However, the grade achieved may be taken into account when results are published in August and may be used in a tie-break situation.

Successful completion of a relevant Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 60 credits is required, including 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 credits at Level 2. Including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction grade in Mathematics and 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction grade in Physics/Chemistry/Biology.

Including Advanced Highers in Mathematics + one from Physics (preferred), Biology or Chemistry. Offers are normally made on the basis of a combination of the two Advanced Highers and two Highers.

Successful completion of Edexcel Extended Diploma (180 credits at Level 3) with 120 credits at Distinction and 60 credits at Merits. Distinctions required in Mathematics for Technicians, Further Mathematics for Technicians. Two other units will be specified at Distinction.

Successful completion of IB Diploma Programme with 33 points overall including 6,5,5 at Higher Level including Mathematics + Physics (preferred)/Biology/Chemistry.

Successful completion of National Extended Diploma (1080 Guided Learning Hours (GLHs) at Level 3) with 780 GLHs (including externally assessed units) at Distinction and 300 GLH at Merit. Applicants must have Distinction grade in Engineering Principles and Further Engineering Mathematics. Two other units will be specified at Distinction.

H3H3 Mathematics + one from Physics (preferred|), Biology or Chemistry + H3H3H3H3 including English. Joint Physics and Chemistry Higher Level is acceptable.

GCSE Mathematics at grade C or better. Scottish National 5 Mathematics at grade C or better. In all cases where Physics is not offered at A-level or at Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher, applicants must have a minimum of grade C in GCSE Physics/grades CC in Double Award Science (not Applied), or grade C in National 5 Physics.

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/Your-Country/
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Tuition Fees Product Design Engineering BEng (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £4530 year 1
Ireland £4530 year 1
EU £21400 year 1
International £21400 year 1

Additional fee information

Fees listed are for 2021-22. The tuition fees for 2022-23 are not yet available.


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)

University Rankings

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About Queen's University of Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) is a public institution that has enjoyed international repute for the majority of the institution’s time as an educational centre, and this is reflected today in their impressive University Rankings from Times Higher Education and QS. With the university’s significant reputation for research prominence and academic results, and the city life on offer from Ireland’s capital, QUB deserves the consideration of any student hoping to excel in their field while also creating fond memories while they do it.

Where is this programme taught

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