Industrial Design BA MDes

Design at Brunel is ranked 3rd in London by the Complete University Guide 2023, and 8th in the UK by QS World University Rankings by subject 2022. Our graduates are high earners – Government figures on Employment Outcomes show that Brunel Design graduates rank no 1 for graduate earnings in the UK.*

Design at Brunel is all about realising fantastic ideas in the real world. Our Industrial Design BA/MDes Degree suits creative and practical thinkers who prefer to learn through building and evaluating project-based challenges, with a technological understanding and less theory and quantitative analysis. The programme is available as a 3 year BA or a four year MDes, which is a Master’s degree.

Course details

There is a lot of project-based learning to test your skills on all aspects of the design process, from contextual design ideas to realising your concept in the form of a product prototype. This means you’ll be able to build a great portfolio of your best-quality projects, academic and industry briefs, and case studies, during your studies.

  • Mode of study: 4-5 days a week
  • Intake: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: £9250   per year
  • Location: London campus

Brunel University London

Course overview

You’ll have workshop training and will use industry-standard equipment and software to develop quality hands-on skills to become a maker. You’ll have access to modern facilities that include dedicated design studios, digital sketching, extensive prototyping workshops, as well as electronics and digital fabrication labs. The practical knowledge you gain is transferable to industry and provides a head start for your future career as a creative designer and design communicator in the modern world.


Entry requirements

  • GCE A Level ABB (General Studies not accepted).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in any subject with an A Level at grade B
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject with A Levels grade BB.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 31 points. GCSE English equivalent SL 5 or HL 4 and Mathematics SL 4 or HL 4.
  • Obtain a minimum of 128 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma course with 45 credits at Level 3.
  • T levels : Merit overall


To help you prepare for the world of work, we’ll encourage you to take the placement option, incorporating a year spent in industry. This means you’ll have a year’s worth of invaluable professional experience and networks when you graduate. Our students have worked on placement for both small innovation start-ups and multinational organisations.

Our graduate designers are highly valued in the industry, working around the world for organisations where excellence in design is crucial to the brand, including Apple, Audi, British Airways, Dyson, Habitat International, Lego, Microsoft, Philips, Procter & Gamble, and Virgin Atlantic.


You’ll gain a sound grounding in technical and creative subjects before you move on to more specialised areas with a strong technological and humanistic focus. In your final year, you’ll learn advanced design innovation. Your major project is likely to include an aesthetic model and a functional prototype.


  • DM1605 Creative Engineering Practice
  • DM1800 Design Journal & Workshop Practice
  • DM1700 Design Process and Research
  • DM2603 – Design Communication
  • DM1604 Introduction to CAD and Mechanics
  • DM1603 Materials and Manufacturing
  • DM1801 Studio Practice and Portfolio


  • DMBBB2 Business, Innovation and Sustainability
  • DMBBB6 Design for Manufacturing and Advanced CAD
  • DMBBB4 Design Practice and Minor Project
  • DM2005 Sustainable Design Communication
  • DMBBB7 Technical Design Applications
  • DMBBB3 UX Design and Graphics


  • DM3003 Innovation Opportunity Identification
  • DM3004 Innovation Solution Delivery
  • DMCCC7 Integrated Human Factors
  • DMCCC5 Advanced Design Innovation
  • DM3804 – Industrial Design Major Project


  • DMCCC4 Advanced Design for Sustainability
  • DMCCC6 Advanced UX and Interaction Design