Product Design Engineering

Key Facts


Programme Overview


MSc Product Design Engineering. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow. Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.

Studio-based, student-centred learning based around design project activities. Students have access to state-of-the-art product design engineering prototyping and manufacturing processes in the PDE workshops at GSA and GU

Indicative Additional Costs
Individual departments levy material fees as indicated on this page. You should budget for each year of your programme of study and should allow for costs over and above your fees and maintenance, particularly if expensive materials or projects are chosen.

Graduate Destinations
Expected to follow a similar pattern to our integrated masters programe and include Apple Computers (USA), BAESystems, Cambridge Consultants, Dyson, Hoover-Candy, JCB, Nokia, Philips, Polaroid, Schlumberger and Terex. Graduates could also establish their own companies.

Programme Leader

Craig Whittet FRSA

Programme Overview

The MSc in Product Design Engineering is collaboratively delivered between GSA's PDE department and James Watt School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow, with curriculum delivery being equally split between the two institutions.

There are increasing pressures, from both existing and emerging world marketplaces, for products which not only respond to the needs of function, user and society, but which can be brought to market ever more rapidly through state-of-the-art development and manufacturing processes. Industries which develop, manufacture and market today's products need high-calibre graduates equipped to handle these processes with management skill and creative drive, and this programme develops graduates with these skills.

The MSc in Product Design Engineering aims to:

  • Offer each individual student the opportunity to critically develop his or her own work in the context of a rigorous but supportive intellectual climate;
  • Acquire key skills in the areas of user-centred design, product design, mechanical engineering, and electronic and electrical engineering;
  • Encourage students to identify and explore key contextual issues relevant to their practice;
  • Develop students' awareness and knowledge base in design philosophy, theory, practice and research in the context of innovative forms of design;
  • Enable students to achieve the highest possible standards in their work, so that graduates have the confidence, maturity and intellectual and interpersonal skills necessary to function successfully in the design engineering field;
  • Equip students with the highly developed intellectual, practical and interpersonal skills deemed necessary for their career.

Entry Requirements
Applicants to MSc Product Design Engineering should normally have a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent (eg GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject area (product design engineering, mechanical engineering, electronic and electrical engineering being of particular relevance) or equivalent professional practice. Depending on previous experience and qualifications, applicants may be asked to complete a design engineering assignment as part of the application.

Application Deadline Dates
Applications to this programme will be processed in three rounds: Standard 1; Standard 2 and Late. We guarantee to review all complete applications received by the Standard 1 deadline date of 28 January 2022. After this date, this programme can become full and close to applications in advance of the Standard 2 and Late rounds. Early application is therefore encouraged to avoid disappointment. Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place on the dates indicated below, please ensure you can be available.


Deadline to apply

Interviews taking place

Decision on application by

Standard 1

Friday 28 January 2022

Monday 21 February – Friday 4 March 2022

Friday 18 March 2022

Standard 2

Friday 18 March 2022

Monday 11 April – Friday 22 April 2022

Friday 29 April 2022


Friday 10 June 2022

Monday 4 July – Friday 8 July 2022

Friday 22 July 2022


Applicants must submit a completed application form and personal statement by 12:00 noon (GMT) on the deadline to apply date. Applicants should then submit their digital portfolio by 4:00pm (GMT) the same day. Submissions made after these times will automatically move to the next round unless the programme has closed to applications.

Application Guidance
Further guidance on applying to this programme can be accessed below:

Start an application on the How to Apply webpage. Online application forms for 2022 entry will be available from November.