Materials and Processes for Product Design (H7119)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

This module provides an introduction to the different materials used in the production of mass-manufactured goods and their corresponding processing methods and tools. You'll be introduced to the different material groups and the most common processes through which they are transformed – from enabling of raw materials to surface finishing. You also develop an understanding of how these materials and processes are applied in different industries. 

You'll learn how design decisions impact manufacturability by studying the complexities of materials specification, manufacturing limitations, assembly limitations, and end of life cycle management.

You also develop an understanding of the cost implications of material and manufacturing processes selection, cost of manufacture and materials, and related design considerations. You work on a design project where you'll apply this knowledge in practice and gain experience of:

  • material science (chemical, physical properties)
  • historical development of materials
  • environmental considerations
  • computer-based material selection tools
  • basic concepts of strength of materials (i.e., fatigue and corrosion).

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 38 hours of contact time and about 112 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: