• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2019

Course Overview

This course is offered as a four year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

Products and equipment can help enhance sports performance. From specially-designed protective clothing, to kit that facilitates better training programmes. It’s a rapidly growing area of product design, and this course equips you to make your mark in it.

Love sport and want to be a product designer? Here’s a degree that combines the two.

Design skills + scientific knowledge

Design skills are one thing. But it’s the scientific knowledge to back those up that will take your skills, and products, to the next level in this exciting field of design. The course builds your core product design capabilities, while also giving you the scientific know-how to develop functional products that athletes and sports teams will want to use.

Industry equipment and live projects

Put your designs through their paces. You’ll use our state-of-the-art human performance lab to test out the products you develop and get evidence of their impact on sports performance. Exploring different solutions, you’ll work in a number of different areas with real clients on live projects.

Get ahead in this exciting sector

Specialist skills in this field could take you into all sorts of exciting areas such as sports product design, sports technology, specialist prototyping, model making, industrial design or CAD visualisation. The portfolio you develop, and industry experience you gain, will put you in a great position for jobs.

Who is it for?

This degree is for anyone who wants to study product design with a specialist focus on sports performance.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details


Choose this degree to get advanced design knowledge and skills in sports science and performance, and professional product development. You’ll study core product design, alongside sport science modules in biomechanics, anatomy and related research.

Access to technology

At Bucks New University, you’ll have access to the latest design technology, such as CAD suites, CAD/CAM, libraries and production facilities, laboratories and a wide range of workshops. You’ll work in our state-of-the-art human performance laboratory, using 3D motion capture technology and force platforms to test your designs.

Industry links

We have extensive links with organisations in this field. Live projects, guest lectures, site visits, study tours and sports visits are all built into the course. You’ll visit design studios, meet with athletes and sports teams who are training or competing, and get first-hand insights from sports equipment manufacturers.

Major project

The course culminates in a major project, where you’ll develop your own sports-related product.

You’ll leave the course with:

  • the creative, technical, research, design and presentation skills needed to work in product design practice
  • experience of using industry-standard design technology
  • experience of working on live, client-led projects
  • an insight into different areas of sport product design, so you can see where your skills and interests lie.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 80. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Foundation Year Modules

  • Preparing for Success Knowledge & Creativity
  • Preparing for Success Self Development & Responsibility
  • Inquiry Based Learning
  • Introduction to Product Design: Design Principles

Year 1 Modules

  • Design Communication
  • Materials & Processes
  • Design Projects 1
  • Functional Human Anatomy & Kinanthropometry
  • Foundations of Biomechanics

Year 2 Modules

  • Design Visualisation
  • Applied Production & Manufacture
  • Professional Studies in Product Design
  • Biomechanics and Kinesiology
  • Research in Sport and Exercise

Year 3 Modules

  • Design Projects 3
  • Design for Manufacture
  • Major Project
  • Research Dissertation


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, September 2019: £9250 per year

Full Time International, September 2019: £12,000 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

What are my career prospects?

With new skills and experience working in a professional environment, you’ll have many qualities employers look for.

You could become a product designer, sport product designer, sport technologist, industrial designer, automotive designer, specialist prototype or model maker, design engineer, CAD designer or visualiser.

Other students go on to start their own design businesses. Or you could continue your studies at postgraduate level.

Our graduate network continues to spread through many companies in the industry. You’ll be a part of this network, gaining valuable contacts with a variety of work opportunities. Many former students ask us to suggest candidates for jobs that come up in their organisations.

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