This course starts in 2020

Product Design BA (Hons)

Product Design BA (Hons)

Key information

Duration:
3 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
ABB-BBB
UCAS code:
HW22
Start date:
September 2020

Emerging technologies create exciting opportunities for a new generation of multidisciplinary makers and creative practitioners.

We’re working towards solutions that creatively shift our society towards a more sustainable future. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills to make a difference – designing for social impact and solving real-world challenges.

You’ll gain insights into the design of material objects, systems and environments. You’ll explore a wide range of creative frameworks in a forward-thinking, inclusive and friendly environment.

BSc or BA?

Course Overview
Product Design BSc

You learn to apply mathematical and engineering principles to evaluate, analyse and design material objects, systems and environments.

Product Design BA

You learn to apply human-centred methods and design thinking to evaluate, analyse and design material objects, systems and environments.

Product Design student Jake Thompson’s cycling app, Flare, attracts global interest

Entry requirements

A-level

Typical offer

ABB-BBB

Subjects

A-levels should include Art or a design subject. Without A-levels in these areas you will still be considered but will need to demonstrate a strong, recent background in art and design through other means. 

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics with at least grade 4 (or grade C) and, if you are not offering Art or a Design subject at A-level you must also have GCSE Art or Design Technology at grade 6 (or grade B).

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Extended Project Qualification

We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer.  We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ. If you wish to discuss this further please contact us

Other UK qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer

Pass with 45 level 3 credits at Merit or above of which 24 credits must be at Distinction.

Subjects

The Access to HE Diploma will need to contain substantial amounts of Level 3 credit in Art or design. Applicants without an Access containing Art or Design will still be considered but will need to demonstrate a strong, recent background in art and design through other means.

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics with at least grade 4 (or grade C) and, if you are not offering Art or a Design through your Access you must also have GCSE Art or Design Technology at grade 6 (or grade B).

Cambridge Pre-U Principle Subjects (including A-level mixes)

Typical offer

D3, M2 and M2 in the Pre-U

If you have one A-level and two Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects we would expect you to have grade B at A-level and, D3 and M2 in two Pre-Us. 

If you have two A-levels and a Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subject we would normally expect you to have grades AB at A-level and M2 in Pre-U.

Subjects

You must have either Art or a design subject at A-level grade B or Cambridge Pre-U Principal subject with a least M2.

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics with at least grade 4 (or grade C) and, if you are not offering Art or a Design subject at A-level you must also have GCSE Art or Design Technology at grade 6 (or grade B).

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

30-32 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Subjects

Higher Levels should include either Visual Arts or Design Technology. Applicants without one of these at Higher Level will still be considered but will need to demonstrate a strong, recent background in art and design through other means.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and one A-level

Typical offer

Grade B in A-level and DM in Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma.

Subjects

A-level should be Art or a design subject. Without A-levels in these areas you will still be considered but will need to demonstrate a strong, recent background in art and design through other means.

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics with at least grade 4 (or grade C) and, if you are not offering Art or a Design subject at A-level you must also have GCSE Art or Design Technology at grade 6 (or grade B).

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-levels

Typical offer

Grades AB in A-levels and Distinction in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate. 

Subjects

A-levels should include Art or a design subject. Without A-levels in these areas you will still be considered but will need to demonstrate a strong, recent background in art and design through other means.

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics with at least grade 4 (or grade C) and, if you are not offering Art or a Design subject at A-level you must also have GCSE Art or Design Technology at grade 6 (or grade B).

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Typical offer

DDD

Subjects

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma would normally be in Art and Design. Applicants without this will still be considered but will need to demonstrate a strong, recent background in art and design through other means.

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics with at least grade 4 (or grade C) and, if you are not offering Art or a Design subject at A-level you must also have GCSE Art or Design Technology at grade 6 (or grade B).

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

AABBB-ABBBB

Subjects

Highers must include Art or a design subject. 

GCSEs

You will need Scottish National 5 in Mathematics at grade C.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Typical offer

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels at grades ABB – BBB

Subjects

A-levels should include Art or a design subject. Applicants without A-levels in these areas will still be considered but will need to demonstrate a strong, recent background in art and design through other means.

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics with at least grade 4 (or grade C) and, if you are not offering Art or a Design subject at A-level you must also have GCSE Art or Design Technology at grade 6 (or grade B).

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

30-32 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Subjects

Higher Levels should include either Visual Arts or Design Technology. Applicants without one of these at Higher Level will still be considered but will need to demonstrate a strong, recent background in art and design through other means.

European Baccalaureate

Typical offer

Overall result of at least 75%

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies in Art or design with good results is essential.

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and between 88% to 85% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER, or a Queensland OP of 4 to 5 or better.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies in art or design and mathematics with good results are essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Austria

Typical offer

Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of beween 2.0- 2.2 or better for first-year entry.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies in art or design and mathematics with good results are essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Belgium

Typical offer

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) or Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs with a good overall average. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies in Art or design with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bulgaria

Typical offer

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with excellent final-year scores (normally 5.5 overall with 6 in key subjects).

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies in Art or design with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Typical offer

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 70%-75% from 6 grade 12), U/C or M courses.

British Columbia Certificate of Graduation AABBB to BBBBB from 5 grade 12 courses.

We also recognise the High School Diploma from other provinces -including Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick- where we look for strong performace in grade 12 subjects, and the Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales (DEC) from Quebec.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies in art or design and mathematics with good results are essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Typical offer

We usually do not accept Senior High School Graduation for direct entry to our undergraduate courses.

However, we may consider you if you have studied one year or more of Higher Education in China at a recognised degree awarding institution, or if you are following a recognised International Foundation Year.

If you have the Senior High School Graduation, you may be eligible to apply for our International Foundation Year. If you successfully complete an International Foundation Year, you can progress on to a relevant undergraduate course at Sussex.

Check which qualifications the International Study Centre accepts for the International Foundation Year.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies in Art or design with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Croatia

Typical offer

Maturatna Svjedodžba with an overall score of between 4.2 and 4.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies in art or design and mathematics with good results are essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Typical offer

Apolytirion of Lykeion with an overall average of between 18.5 /20 and 18 /20.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies in art or design and mathematics with good results are essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Czech Republic

Typical offer

Maturita with a good overall average.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies in Art or design with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Denmark

Typical offer

Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) or studentereksamen with an overall average of at least 7 on the new grading scale.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies in art or design and mathematics with good results are essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Finland

Typical offer

Pass Ylioppilastutkinto with overall final result of at least EEMM, which should include Art or a design subject. Without relevant qualifications in these areas you will still be considered but will need to demonstrate a strong, recent background in art and design through other means. 

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Typical offer

French Baccalauréat with an overall final result of at least 13/20.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies in art or design and mathematics with good results are essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

 

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of between 2.0 - 2.2 or better.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies in art or design and mathematics with good results are essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

 

Greece

Typical offer

Apolytirion with an overall average of at least 18 will be considered for first-year entry.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies in art or design and mathematics with good results are essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Typical offer

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades of 5,4,4 from three subjects including two electives. 

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies in art or design and mathematics with good results are essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hungary

Typical offer

Erettsegi/Matura with a good averageof at least 55544.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies in art or design and mathematics with good results are essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Typical offer

Standard XII results

75% - 80% from ISC Indian School certificate of Education (CISCE)
80% from SSC All India Senior School Certificate Examination (CBSE)
80% HSC higher Secondary Certificate ( Maharashtra )

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies in art or design and mathematics with good results are essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Typical offer

High School Diploma and Pre-University Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies in Art or design with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ireland

Typical offer

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) at H1 H2 H2 H3 H3 to H2 H2 H2 H3 H3.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies in art or design and mathematics with good results is essential. 

Israel

Typical offer

Bagrut, with at least 8/10 in at least six subjects, including one five-unit subject.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies in Art or design with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Typical offer

Italian Diploma di Maturità or Diploma Pass di Esame di Stato with a Final Diploma mark of at least 78/100 to 81/100.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies in art or design and mathematics with good results are essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

 

Japan

Typical offer

Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate is suitable for entry to our Foundation Years. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies in Art or design with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Latvia

Typical offer

Atestats par Visparejo videjo Izglitibu with very good grades in state exams.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies in Art or design with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lithuania

Typical offer

Brandos Atestatas including scores of 80-90% in at least three state examinations (other than English).

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies in Art or design with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies in Art or design with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Typical offer

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) with grades of  ABB-BBB, Matriculation with a least a grade of between 3 to 3.5 or UEC with an overall average grade B3 (75%).

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies in art or design and mathematics with good results are essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Netherlands

Typical offer

Voorereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO), normally with an average of at least 7.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies in Art or design with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Typical offer

You are expected to have one of the following:

  • Higher National Diploma
  • One year at a recognised Nigerian University
  • Professional Diploma (Part IV) from the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria
  • Advanced Diploma

You must also have a score of C6 or above in WAEC/SSC English.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies in Art or design with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Typical offer

Norwegian Vitnemal Fra Den Videregaende Opplaering - Pass with an overall average of 4.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies in art or design and mathematics with good results are essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

 

Pakistan

Typical offer

Bachelor (Pass) degree in arts, commerce or science.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies in Art or design with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Poland

Typical offer

Pass Matura with least 3 Extended level subjects in the 75th percentile including Art or a design subject.

 

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Portugal

Typical offer

Diploma de Ensino Secundario normally with an overall mark of between 17/20 and 16/20.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies in art or design and mathematics with good results are essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Romania

Typical offer

Diploma de Bacalaureat with an overall average of 8.5 including a score of 8 in Art or design subject.

Additional requirements

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Typical offer

A-levels, as well as certain certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies in Art or design with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovakia

Typical offer

Pass Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške (Maturita)  with an average grade of 2.0 from 4 subjects including Art or a design subject or demonstrate a strong, recent background in art and design through other means.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of mathematics.

Slovenia

Typical offer

Secondary School Leaving Diploma or Matura with at least 23 points overall.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies in art or design and mathematics with good results are essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Typical offer

National Senior Certificate with very good grades. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies in Art or design with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Typical offer

Spanish Título de Bachillerato (LOGSE) with an overall average result of between 7.5 and 8.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies in art or design and mathematics with good results are essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

 

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies in Art or design with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sweden

Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg/Högskoleförberedande Examen with a total of 2,500 credits to include B grades in the majority of subjects and evidence of academic studies in Art or design with good results is essential.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Typical offer

Federal Maturity Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies in Art or design with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Typical offer

We'll consider students who have taken the Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme, with a score of at least 4/5 or 80/100 in their final year, on a case by case basis for direct entry to year 1.

Where direct entry is unsuitable, we'll automatically consider you for one of our Foundation Years. Or you might want to apply to one of our International Foundation Years at the international Study Centre on Campus. Visit isc.sussex.ac.uk/our-courses/international-foundation-year or www.sussex.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/foundation-years

USA

Typical offer

We look at your full profile taking into account everything you are studying, including the high school graduation diploma, Grade 12 GPA, SAT tests and subject tests and/or ACT grades We are particularly interested in AP tests and would ideally like to see 3 good AP scores.

Advanced Placement Tests with scores of between 5,4,4 to 4,4,4 in 3 AP subjects.

If you have taken the SAT reasoning tests we'd normally expect a combined score of at least 1300 and will look for around 600 in relevant subject tests.

If you've taken the ACT we'd expect to see a composite score of at least 26.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies in art or design and mathematics with good results are essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component

IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.

If you are applying for degree-level study we can consider your IELTS test from any test centre, but if you require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for an English language or pre-sessional English course (not combined with a degree) the test must be taken at a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)-approved IELTS test centre.

Find out more about IELTS

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency.

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic).

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language (grade 4 or above in GCSE from 2017).

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Grades A – C in English

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirements. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

Admissions information for applicants

Portfolio reviewYes
Transfers into Year 2

No

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

Modules

Find out about our types of undergraduate degrees, their structure, modules and credits

You’ll gain key skills and learn about key concepts in Product Design. You’ll explore the relationship between design and culture and learn how to:

  • draw
  • communicate visually
  • use computer-aided design software to generate and present your ideas.

You’ll work with a variety of materials and production methods, make prototypes, and understand how maths can be applied to design problems.

You’ll develop transferable skills such as critical thinking, leadership and team management. You’ll explore how design can help to:

  • address significant issues for society
  • work with a range of research methods
  • analyse products, systems and human interactions.

You’ll have the opportunity to work on live briefs. You’ll gain valuable experience working with leading experts from a broad range of companies including:

  • IBM
  • Aardman Animations
  • Dyson
  • Lush Cosmetics,
  • Viva Magazines
  • Surfers Against Sewage
  • Brighton Museum.

Study abroad (optional)

Apply to study abroad – you’ll develop an international perspective and gain an edge when it comes to your career. Find out where your course could take you

Industrial placement (optional)

An industrial placement gives you the chance to spend a year working with an organisation, in an area relevant to your course, while being paid. It’s a proven way to fast-track your career.

Recent students have gone on placements at:

  • Rolls-Royce
  • IBM
  • Black+Decker.

You develop your technical, team-working and transferable skills, and apply what you have learnt in your studies to a business environment. 

There is guided preparation early in your course to help you find, secure and succeed in your placement. Find out more about placements and internships

Please note: If you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t transfer to the version of this program with an optional study abroad period in any country or optional placement in the USA. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

Your final year prepares you to work in the world of industry and project management. You’ll apply the knowledge and skills you have accumulated to a substantial project of your choice, enabling you to complete your degree by specialising in an area of design.

This year culminates in an exhibition at the annual Product Design Degree Show where students meet trade professionals, potential employers and the media. 

Our staff

Fees

UK/EU students:
£9,250 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£9,250 per year
International students:
£22,500 per year
Study abroad:
Find out about grants and funding, tuition fees and insurance costs for studying abroad
Placement:
Find out about tuition fees for placements

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis as the Government reviews the fee levels.

Find out about typical living costs for studying at Sussex

Find out about our terms and conditions

Scholarships

Our goal is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to regardless of financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique people.

Careers

During your studies, you’ll have the opportunity to work on live briefs. You’ll gain valuable experience working with leading experts from a broad range of companies including:

  • IBM
  • Aardman Animations
  • Dyson
  • Lush Cosmetics,
  • Viva Magazines
  • Surfers Against Sewage
  • Brighton Museum.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

If you receive an offer for this course you will be invited to visit the department to review your portfolio and discuss any changes we might be able to make to the conditions of your offer.

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The world champion powerlifter

Push yourself, step outside of your comfort zone and use what you've learned to inspire others. At Sussex, you'll be supported to be whoever you want to be. Meet powerlifter and Sussex student, Poppy Joshi, who alongside studying a Physics and Astronomy degree, set a new world record in her category.

Poppy Joshi - World champion powerlifter

Poppy’s story

"You have to make sacrifices to get a world record. Socialising’s a luxury, especially when you’re studying as well. Sleep doesn’t get much of a chance either.

"I’ve had to push myself, but I’ve still got a physics degree to get. I love being competitive, but I know that it’s not something I’ll do forever. When I’ve finished my MPhys I’d like to study for my PhD. My end goal is to be an astronaut though. I think that’s the coolest thing ever." 


I love the satisfaction of blowing them away by lifting 100 kilos.” Poppy Joshi
Physics and Astronomy MPhys

"When I first started at the gym I was put off by guys lifting huge weights. But now, every time I approach the squat rack and they’re like “she’s only going to lift 20 kilos”, I love the satisfaction of blowing them away by lifting 100 kilos.

"I got involved in Sussex This Girl Can because I want to help get more girls involved in competitive sports. I hate seeing them intimidated by the gym. There’s no reason that anyone should feel like that.

"Sussex has been ridiculously supportive. I have a sports scholarship which is brilliant, and my lecturers have really helped me fulfil my assignments during meets. I feel that I could ask anyone for help here and they’d always be there for me.

"So, if you’re considering coming to Sussex, don’t consider it... just come."

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World champion powerlifter Poppy Joshi, behind the text 'Push ideas; Push limits; Push yourself'