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Product Design MSc Modules

Core modules

Research Methods: Research methods reaffirms a range of conceptual and practical Secondary and Primary research skills, starting with literature reviews and summary reports, questionnaire design and interview techniques. As part of this module, students will begin to formulate their major project proposal, specifying their aims, objectives, research methods and expected outcomes for Term 2.

Enterprise, Technology and Innovation: This module follows on from the Primary and Secondary research completed in Research Methods in Term 1 and allows students to build upon their understanding of the design process and engineering design to make a contribution to the design industry through new product development. New knowledge and skills acquired at M-level through previous and concurrent modules will provide students with the necessary tools to frame, conceptualise and present cogent products that represent material, technological and human-centred design innovation. 

Final Major Project: (Choice of major or minor design / report - either 80% Design / 20% Report - or - 60% Design / 40% Report). Following on from research and concept generation in term two, students will develop and define a detailed product design in Term 3. With the support of design tutors and technical staff, the module requires a comprehensive final presentation as its final submission which incorporates external validation, prototyping, testing, technical definition and specification. 

Optional modules

Design Futures: Technology Integration introduces students to new design practices and links them to the emerging digital technologies that have been developed to aid, consolidate and improve the entire design process. These include data capturing techniques, reverse engineering, and additive manufacturing.

Design as a Strategic Business Tool: Design as a Strategic Business Tool focusses on how design itself can be the driving force behind the strategic management and development of design and creative businesses. As part of this module, students will audit the use of design, design management and design thinking in the creative industries and business.

Design, Innovation and Sustainability: This module takes an integrated approach to the complex issues surrounding sustainability and the role of design and innovation as a driver for change.

Service Design: Examines the role of design in the service industries. You will pay particular attention to ethical, political, social and ecological concerns, all of which require approaches that focus on design and the designers’ role in maintaining sustainability.

Business Planning for the Creative Entrepreneur: Develops your business knowledge and planning skills enabling you to identify the potential for a new product or service. You will study the key issues in starting a business and covers topics such as business plans, leadership, investment and risk management.

Technology for Design: Provides a platform for designers from various fields to explore a range technology and potentially help to advance their knowledge and practice in this area. This module recognises that digital technology and the development of new equipment, materials, artefacts and devices are all growing exponentially.

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.