BEng Industrial Design


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Program Description

Industrial designers combine vision and creativity in order to turn concepts into successful products and services. Think for example of an Augmented Reality app that helps young families to design their future car. Or what about an autonomous exoskeleton for the elderly with a walking disability? Or a marketing campaign to attract more people to a soft drinks brand? The possibilities are endless.

The Chinese economy is rapidly transforming from ‘made in China’ to ‘Created in China’. Designers are in high demand. The studio-centred BEng Industrial Design programme educates a new generation of designers. It uses an interdisciplinary approach, integrating engineering, design, business, human-computer interaction, anthropology, and aesthetics.

The BEng Industrial Design uses the best practices and latest development trends in design. You have the opportunity to work with local and multinational enterprises and obtain real-world design experience. In doing this you learn to bridge cultural differences between China and other countries. After all, job opportunities in the design are worldwide!

Why Should I Study Industrial Design At XJTLU?

  • Learn how to translate user needs into well-justified design solutions ranging from service to product designs;
  • Experiment with the latest 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC-machines in our workshop;
  • Participate in collaborative projects and/or internship opportunities at national and multinational companies;
  • Study in Suzhou, one of China’s most multicultural cities, which provides a unique perspective based on world-leading high tech companies and its rich cultural heritage;
  • 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.

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Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the BEng Industrial Design you will have:

  • the ability to use technological methods and creative skills for the development and production of products, consumer goods and interactive products and services;
  • knowledge of social, cultural and historical aspects that influence the design of products and services;
  • an understanding of cross-cultural aspects of designing for the Chinese market and other contexts;
  • creative, innovative and rational thinking skills;
  • user research, visualisation and model-making skills;
  • the ability to design material products and interactive services;
  • skills in presenting and documenting design development processes.

"I am the first XJTLU student to receive an offer for postgraduate studies from The Royal College of Art in London, UK. I am excited about the splendid future."

Xiaoyi Hu
Alumna, BEng Industrial Design, China


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).

Year Two

Year Three

Year Four


You will be well prepared to work in design, and research and development departments of multinational enterprises or as design consultants and freelance designers. Because of the cross-cultural focus of the programme, you are well-positioned to work internationally.

You will also gain a solid foundation for postgraduate study or other professional careers in areas that emphasise conceptual thinking, communication skills and the cross-cultural appreciation of creativity, innovation processes, user needs and behaviours and consumer markets.


International students

RMB 88,000 per academic year.

Early bird discount

All international who accept their offer by 1 May 2020 will automatically qualify for an RMB 8,000 early bird discount

Join a free Chinese language course

We now offer a free summer Chinese language course for all undergraduate and postgraduate students starting their degree in September 2020.

Choose from a two-week, four-week or six-week language course.

Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan students

RMB 88,000 per academic year.

Early bird discount

All Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao students who accept their offer by 1 May 2020 will automatically qualify for an RMB 8,000 early bird discount.

Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan students who apply to XJTLU through the Joint Entrance Examination on the governmental online application system (Education Examination Authority of Guangdong Province) will automatically qualify for an RMB 8,000 early bird discount.

Mainland Chinese students

RMB 88,000 per academic year.

Entry Requirements

International students

Entry into Year One

We welcome applications from high-quality candidates in all subjects with appropriate high school or equivalent qualifications. Students will normally be expected to have a high standing in their high school performance with a minimum ‘B’ average in all subjects as well as relevant subjects.

Entry into Year Two

Students who have completed A-levels or International Baccalaureate (or equivalent) will be considered for entry into Year Two, different programmes have different subject-relevant requirements.

  • A-level: BBB
  • IB Diploma: 30 points
  • Advanced Placement Tests/Subject SATS--High school diploma with a GPA of 3.0 or above, plus:
    • Redesigned SAT: 1280+ (students that took the SATs previous to 2016 will require 1800+) or ACT: 27, and 2 AP examinations: 4+ or 2 SAT subject tests: 600+ or
    • 3 AP examinations: 4+ or
    • 3 SAT subjects: 600+

Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan students

Students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan may apply with the following:

  • A minimum grade of 400 on the Joint Entrance Examination to Chinese Universities for Overseas Chinese Students and Students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, or
  • General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT) ranking of at least the top 50 per cent for 4 subjects, including English and Maths. For detailed information see information in Chinese.

English language requirements

For international applicants, if you are a non-native English speaker, or if you have not previously studied in English, you must have satisfactory English language skills to study at XJTLU. Various English qualifications are accepted:

Year One entry

  • IELTS: 5.0
  • TOEFL: 62 (iBT)

Year Two entry

  • IELTS 6.5
  • TOEFL: 90 (iBT)

English qualifications are not required for students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan who take the Joint Examination or the GSAT.

Students who are entering into Year One with less than IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in their English proficiency will take 10 credits EAP, and students with IELTS 6.5 or above will take five credits EAP.

"The BEng Industrial Design gives you a sound preparation to take on almost every design challenge in the areas of product, human interaction and cultural design. We are dedicated to helping you to develop cutting edge products and services."

Richard Appleby
Programme Director

How To Apply

Applications should be submitted via our online application system:

  1. Click/tap the apply link
  2. Create an account or log in to your existing account
  3. Complete your application

Once your application account is successfully created, enter all the information required in the application form carefully and make sure the information you provide is correct, complete and up to date. Upload the required documents to the corresponding fields.

You may log-in to view your application form at any time.

For further details of how to successfully apply to study at XJTLU, please visit the how to apply page.

Last updated Apr 2020

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