BDes (Hons) Product Design

Undergraduate, Full-time

Product Design BDes (Hons)

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The BDes (Hons), Product Design course covers a very wide range 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’ll learn a range of practical skills in visualisation, prototyping, CAD, materials, fabrication, business and marketing skills to prepare you for a career in design.

Based at a multi-disciplinary campus, you'll be in close contact with students and staff involved in other aspects of design, giving you access to a breadth of inspiration and expertise that can add further depth to your study. 

This course provides the opportunity to study at a partner university overseas, or take a work placement in industry during your third year.

Our graduates enjoy a high success rate in gaining employment after graduation, and our alumni form an important part of our industry network. 

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4 years

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Course details

You'll gain practical skills in design, sketching, use of digital media, 3D modelling, materials and manufacture, plus business and marketing skills.

This course will address future technologies, changing consumer culture and the impact of carbon neutral lifestyles, both locally and globally.

You'll gain an understanding of the creative economy and professional design practice. You'll work with our industry partners on live projects and have the opportunity to undertake a work placement. We encourage links with industry through external lectures, placements and participation in competitions.

In Year 3 you can also study overseas with one of our partners in Europe, Scandinavia, China, Australia, New Zealand or North America.

You'll develop your skills in research, problem solving, conceptual development and design thinking which you can also apply to other creative areas such as UX and service design, branding, advertising.

The course is supported by designated studio spaces for you to learn and practice in, and a modelling workshop with rapid prototyping and excellent computing facilities.

This is a full-time course studied over four years. You'll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and independent study.

Additional mandatory costs

  • All Years: Printing and model-making material costs
  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    Core knowledge and contextual understanding (A1 to A6) is acquired through lectures, studio practical activities, seminars, tutorials, group work, fieldwork, overseas placement and guided independent learning.

  • note and pen Assessments

    Your knowledge and understanding of product design will be assessed using a combination of short-term and long-term practical projects, individual and group presentations of projects to tutors, peers and, where appropriate, external bodies.

    Assessment methods are dependent on the module deliverables, whether studio-based or theoretical/contextual and can be through presentations, a portfolio of creative work, or a written submission.

  • briefcase Work placement

    In the second trimester of your third year you will have the opportunity to study at a partner university overseas, or take a work placement in industry.

    We also have strong links with local and internationally based design studios who offer mentoring and placements throughout the year.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    The programme has a wide international footprint. In the second trimester of your third year you will have the opportunity to study at a partner university overseas, or take a work placement in industry.

    The programme currently has international partners in France, The Netherlands, Scandinavia, Canada, China, Australia and New Zealand.

    In addition to our longer-term three-month exchange programmes, we also offer short-term one-week international design workshops hosted between our six different European design partners.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Foundation product design 1 and 2
  • Debates in design 1
  • Foundation digital media 1 & 2
  • Visual research methods

Year 2

  • Materials for inspirational design 1 and 2
  • Product design studio 1 and 2
  • Debates in design 2
  • Design and business

Year 3

  • Materials for inspirational design 3
  • Product design studio 3 and 4
  • Design & urbanism or Branding
  • Design research methods
  • Prototyping interactive experiences
  • Optional work experience or overseas study

Year 4

  • Professional practice
  • Major project
  • Dissertation

Also in year 4:

  • Enter your work into competitions
  • Optional supervised work placement or overseas study module


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

As part of the selection process suitably qualified applicants will normally be required to submit a portfolio/attend an interview. This applies to all years of entry.

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and Minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement

BBBC including preferably one of: Art, Product Design, Design, Technology.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement

BCCC including preferably one of: Art, Product Design, Design, Technology.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

CCC including preferably one of: Art, Product Design, Design, Technology.

Irish Leaving Certificate

H2, H3, H3, H3 at HL including preferably one of: Art, Product Design, Design, Technology.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

BTEC (QCF) National Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades D*D* (Distinction*, Distinction*) in a related subject.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 27 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6,5,4 including preferably one of: Art, Product Design, Design, Technology.

Minimum year 2

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC including preferably one of: Art, Product Design, Design, Technology.

A Level

BBB including preferably one of: Art, Product Design, Design, Technology.


Pass HNC in a relevant subject with Grade B in the graded unit.

Minimum year 3


Pass HND in a relevant subject with Grade B at SCQF Level 8 in all graded units.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult or Mental Health)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2021/22 2022/23
Scotland £1,820 tba
England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £9,250 tba
Overseas and EU £15,960 TBA

Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland will be invoiced the tuition fees for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by mainland EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here. For EU students who commenced their studies prior to 1 August 2021 or hold pre or settled status in the UK, fees will remain the same as Scottish Students.

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


Career opportunities

This qualification can lead to a career in various areas of design including:

  • Product design
  • Industrial design
  • Furniture design
  • Concept design for the film and gaming industries
  • UX and service design
  • Medical equipment design
  • Sports equipment design
  • UX and service design
  • Advertising

After successful completion of the degree you can go on to develop more targeted research and practice and have the opportunity to progress to postgraduate level within our Master of Design (MDes) courses.

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