BEng Industrial Design


Program Description


China's economy is changing rapidly from a manufacturing-intensive model to an innovation-intensive one. Industrial design education plays a vital role in the establishment of a pool of innovative talent to facilitate this process.

The BEng Industrial Design programme is highly internationalised and is delivered using the best practices and the latest development trends in this area. As an interdisciplinary programme, it integrates engineering, anthropology, and aesthetics, as well as a variety of professional skills in design visualisation. Students also have the opportunity to contact local and multinational enterprises and obtain real-world design experience.

The BEng Industrial Design programme seeks to educate a new generation of industrial and product designers with a balance of synthetic and analytic knowledge and competencies, from both engineering and the humanities. It takes a studio-centered and interdisciplinary approach and has an international perspective in which students are educated to bridge cultural differences between China and other countries around the world.

Why Should I Study Industrial Design At XJTLU?

  • Design is presented as a coherent academic discipline and career choice that provides a foundation for students to map from clearly articulated user needs to well-justified and well-developed solutions
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in collaborative projects and/or internship opportunities at a wide variety of national and multinational companies that use industrial design
  • XJTLU is located in one of China’s most multicultural cities, which provides a unique perspective on industrial design and its intercultural flexibility
  • Earn two degrees: an XJTLU degree from the Chinese Ministry of Education and a globally recognised degree from the University of Liverpool, a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities

Knowledge and skills

By studying BEng Industrial Design you will gain a strong understanding of:

  • technological methods and creative skills in the development and production of products, consumer goods, interactive products and services
  • social, cultural and historical aspects that influence the design of products and services
  • cross-cultural aspects of designing for Chinese and other contexts

Skills you will acquire include:

  • creative, innovative and rational thinking
  • user research, visualisation and model-making
  • designing material products and interactive services
  • presenting and documenting design development processes

Modules: Year One

UK degrees are three years long whereas in China they are four, therefore we do accept students with certain qualifications directly into Year Two, which is the start of the main academic programme. Most students, however, enter into Year One, which provides students with a range of interesting modules, language classes and core skills for your degree. In Year One, BEng Industrial Design students take modules including calculus (MTH013), multivariable calculus (MTH008), physics (PHY004) and design expressions (2D) I and II (IND001 and IND002).

Modules: Year Two

  • Computer aided design and modelling (3D)
  • History of industrial design
  • Design communication
  • Differential equations for engineers
  • Statics and solids
  • Materials for design
  • Fluid mechanics and thermodynamics
  • English language and study skills III for humanities and social sciences
  • Studio I: human needs - scales and proportions
  • Introduction to human-computer interaction

Modules: Year Three

  • Ergonomics
  • User-focussed research
  • Electronics in design applications
  • Design for manufacturability
  • Product semantics and aesthetics
  • Creativity, methods, and theory
  • Studio II: concept generation and interaction
  • Studio III: industry collaboration.

Modules: Year Four

  • Robust design
  • Professional practice
  • Sustainable design
  • Service design
  • Design strategy and ethics
  • Culture and theory
  • Final year project


BEng Industrial Design graduates have excellent career opportunities. The Chinese economy is rapidly transforming from 'made in China' to 'created in China', which means there is a growing demand for industrial designers working in design and research and development departments of multinational enterprises or as design consultants and freelance designers.

Suzhou and the surrounding cities are home to many international and Chinese companies, some of which you will get to know during your studies. Because of the cross-cultural focus of the programme, our graduates are well-positioned to work internationally.

Many graduates also pursue further postgraduate education or other professional careers that emphasise conceptual thinking, excellent communication skills and the cross-cultural appreciation of creativity, innovation processes, user needs and behaviours, and consumer markets.

Last updated Jan 2019

About the School

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2006. ... Read More

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2006. Read less