• Application Deadline
  • 9 months
People encounter designed products every day: chairs, buildings, medicines, appliances, clothes, vehicles, robots and much else – just look around you. The Design for Engineers programme is offered by The Open University UK.  


Design is central to the creation of all these products. Designers and engineers often work closely in teams to translate ideas into useful and required products. Knowledge of the design process is essential for successful engineering. The Design for Engineers programme offered by The Open University UK combines academic study with practical work online and offline and aims to introduce you to the essential skills, knowledge and practices of design.

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. Tuition will take place across a range of media; there will be online and face-to-face group tutorials as well as two day schools that you are strongly encouraged to attend.

Your tutor will also support you in your online activity – reviewing and giving feedback on your OpenDesignStudio pages – as well as being a point of contact to discuss any other module-related issues. As a rough guide, 50 per cent of tutor support will be online, with 50 per cent being offline.

Vocational relevance

The module will help you to gain knowledge and skills that are essential for the practising engineer. It can help you creatively engage with any situation that requires the identification of problems, research and development of ideas but also the translation of ideas into detailed plans. The module develops general scholarship on the subject of design and design processes which is applicable across engineering domains. The module will enhance your engineering abilities, and help towards preparation for working as a design engineer or in teams including designers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 9 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request, Proactive tutoring and support
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

The module is presented in three blocks:

  • Block 1 Exploring designs and designing - provides a general introduction on design. You’ll look at the relationship between people and products and explore the human, cultural and engineering factors that influence the creation of designs. Block 1 will help you develop critical and inquisitive thinking skills when, as an engineer, you observe designs around you.
  • Block 2 Design for people - focuses on the early stages of the design process and how research and evaluation of user and market requirements inform the process. You’ll learn how to find out about people’s capabilities, preferences and behaviours in order to shape new products. This block will help you develop user research and planning skills.
  • Block 3 Creative designing -  focuses on the creative strategies that designers use to address design problems – particularly strategies for idea generation in the early design phases. 

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This is an OU level 2 module and you need to have the study skills required for this level, obtained either through OU level 1 study, or by doing equivalent work at another university.
  • Beyond basic literacy skills, nothing more specific is expected other than a curiosity about objects, why they are as they are, and how they might be different and better. It is not assumed that you can already design, or even draw competently. You will be taught all the concepts and skills that you need, but if you already have some skills you will be able to develop them further.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1464 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1464 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
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You must apply for financial support by 08/08/13.

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