BEng (Hons) Product Design and Manufacture

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Key information


BEng (Hons) Product Design and Manufacture

Types of study

Full time


Three or four years depending on entry qualifications

Start date

September 2022


Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering / Faculty of Science and Engineering

Study model

2+2, 4+0

Note: For the 2+2 study model courses, the student will spend the last two years at our UK campus. For the 4+0 study model courses, the student will spend the entire degree programme in Ningbo, China with 'study abroad' opportunities from year three.

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Entry requirements

Depending on your academic and English language qualifications, you may be eligible for a traditional three-year degree programme, or a four-year programme with a preliminary year. The preliminary year enables you to gain the subject-specific knowledge and skills required to embark on degree-level studies.

Please find the entry requirement relevant to your country of origin here. If your country is not listed, please email

If you are a mainland Chinese student, your Gaokao score should be in the first division as a minimum requirement, and your English test score should be no less than 115/150. For more details, please check the Chinese prospectus.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you are required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. The minimum requirements for our preliminary year entry are listed below:

  • IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in any element
  • PTE Academic 59 (minimum 53)
  • TOEFL iBT 79 (minimum 17 in writing and Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in speaking)

The minimum requirements for our qualifying year entry are listed below:

  • IELTS 6.5 with the writing band no less than 6.0
  • PTE Academic 71 (minimum 65)

TOEFL iBT 87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

Minimum age requirements

You should be at least 18 years of age on admission to the University. The date of “admission” is defined as the first day of September in the relevant academic year. This requirement may be waived on an individual basis. If your parents or guardians provide their written agreement, in advance, to additional safeguards and requirements. Visit here for more information.

Course overview

This course equips you for a career in product design, industrial design or the product development sector. It is aligned with the way the design process is conducted in the industry today. You will develop your creativity, supported by a thorough understanding of engineering issues, to ensure that products can be manufactured within the constraints of time, cost and quality.

The course values creativity whilst emphasising an understanding of manufacturing, ergonomics and materials.

Course structure

For domestic students, the course structure follows the Chinese higher education system. It is based on a four-year programme with the possibility of spending two years at the University of Nottingham's UK campus.

For international students, the course structure follows the UK higher education system. It is based on a three-year programme with the possibility of spending two years at the University of Nottingham's UK campus.


This course is accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). 

Year 1 modules


The preliminary year is designed to help you develop your English language skills so that you can make the most of your degree programme.

This English language programme designed by the English for Academic Purposes experts at the university's Centre for English Language Education is carefully integrated with academic content modules so that you are fully prepared for years two to four of your degree programme.

*Note: This year is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for year two entry.

Year 2 modules


Typical year two modules

Industrial Design Professional Practice Drawing for Design  Statics and Dynamics
Engineering Design and Design Project Materials and Manufacturing  Mathematics for Engineers

Year 3 modules


You will develop additional design skills and commercial awareness in year two. There are several design projects throughout the year, complemented by modules in the areas of design techniques, manufacturing, ergonomics and business.

Typical year three modules

Materials in Design 2nd year design projects Design Comunication
Industrial Design and Professional practice 2 Design for Manufacture 2nd year group design project
User Centred Research and Design    

Year 4 modules


You continue to develop design skills through project work, and the modules studied become more in-depth. This includes a significant design project undertaken in the final semester, along with a dissertation. By the end of the course, you will have developed skills in product design, materials, and manufacture that will enable you to undertake creative professional practice in the fields of product design or product development.

Typical year four modules

Compulsory - Students must take all modules in this group

RSA Design Projects Manufacturing Process Capability Major Design Project Preparation
Industrial Design Professional Practice 3B BEng Major Design Project  

Restricted - Students must take a minimum of 10 credits from this group

Computer Aided Engineering Engineering Management 1 Fibre Reinforced Composites Engineering

Careers and further study

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Career Development Office can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a broad range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

Further study

Among the 52 graduates from BEng Hons Product Design and Manufacture in 2020, 35 chose to continue their studies.22.9% of them were admitted into the top 50 universities in the world.

2021 QSWorld University Rankings University Number
10 University College London 4
19 Columbia University 1
20 The University of Edinburgh 1
27 The University of Manchester 1
40 The University of Sydney 1
  Total 8


Mainland Chinese students

100,000 RMB / year

Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan students

100,000 RMB / year

International students

110,000 RMB / year

Scholarships, sponsorships and bursaries

To encourage academic excellence, we offer a comprehensive and expanding range of full and partial scholarships.

Historically, nearly 30% of our undergraduate students were awarded scholarships for their entry. Once enrolled, current students are eligible for additional merit and/or performance-based scholarships and awards, which covers approximately 32.5% of our whole student body.

Please check here for scholarship types and policies for applicants from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and overseas countries. If you are a mainland Chinese student, please visit the Chinese language prospectus.

Contact us

Admissions Office

Room 222, Trent Building
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China


International Admissions Office

University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

T. +86 (0)574 8818 0000 ext. 8505

Faculty Office of Science and Engineering

Room 427, Sir Peter Mansfield Building
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China


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