BEng Industrial Design

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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 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 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.

Qualification XJTLU BEng Industrial Design University of Liverpool BEng Industrial Design More about qualifications

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



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.


Entry requirements

Please visit the entry requirements page for the comprehensive list of qualifications required to study at XJTLU.

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:

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