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 four rounds: Early, Standard 1; Standard 2 and Late. We guarantee to review all complete applications received by the Standard 1 deadline date of 27 January 2023. 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.


Deadline to apply



11 November 2022

20 January 2023

Standard 1

27 January 2023

10 March 2023

Standard 2

10 March 2023

28 April 2023


9 June 2023

21 July 2023

 Final deadline for applicants requiring a visa is 28 July 2023

Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place on the dates indicated below, please ensure you can be available.

Round Interview dates
Early 28 November - 2 December 2022
Standard 1 20 February - 3 March 2023
Standard 2 3 April - 21 April 2023
Late 3 July - 14 July 2023

Application Guidance

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