Design for Manufacture (H7104)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

In this module you will learn about engineering design, considering materials and manufacturing process limitations.

You’ll use CAD sofrware to consider design for additive manufacturing, inject moulding, sheet metal forming, machining and other processes. You will also learn design for reliability and product quality.

Working in teams, you’ll work on a project, from the design brief to the manufacturing specifications, following industry standards. You will gain transferable skills such as critical thinking, communication, leadership, risk management and project management.

Topics include:

  • engineering design
  • product design specification
  • CAD modelling and simulations
  • industry standards (ISO and BS)
  • design for manufacture principles
  • design for assembly principles
  • product quality and reliability
  • design for variation.


69%: Lecture
31%: Practical (Laboratory)


100%: Coursework (Group presentation, Group submission (written))

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 32 hours of contact time and about 118 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: