Aston University, Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

Design, Enterprise and Innovation

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Course summary

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New for 2020, this new MSci Design, Enterprise and Innovation programme is designed for students interested in developing product design expertise alongside knowledge of business and enterprise development to take on design leadership and entrepreneurship roles in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. Entrepreneurship and design innovation are seen as fundamental aspects of UK economy. Creating value through design is a challenge that requires being organisational and business savvy as much as it requires talent, methods and skills. You will learn about how design and management practices come together to benefit development, as well being enabled to start your own business. The programme delivered jointly by School of Engineering and Applied Science and Aston Business School will equip you with not only solid design skills but also enterprise development competence to take on design leadership and entrepreneurship roles in future You will be supported by a wide networks of entrepreneurs, mentors and investors from local and national communities such as BSEEN, Birmingham Enterprise Community, Enterprise Nation and Centre for Growth throughout your study. As James Dyson and Steve Jobs (both of whom have design backgrounds), are you ready to shape the future through design entrepreneurship? Key course benefits

  • The only ‘Design and Entrepreneurship’ focused integrated master degree programme in West Midlands area, or even in the UK.
  • Optional placement year providing more opportunities for your future career.
  • All assessments are practical and developmental, with a combination of coursework, case studies, and design projects and in class tests.
Course details In years 1 and 2, the students will study and work with the students from all Product Design programmes to equip themselves with solid design skills and a design-thinking mind-set. In years 3 and 4, the students will study and work closely with the students from the MSc and BSc Enterprise Development programme of Aston Business School to set up and run their own enterprises.

Course details

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level BBC - CCC Including a Science or Technical subject (Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Biology Further Maths, Design Technology, Engineering Science and Electronics): BBC: Standard offer BCC: If the student is also presenting either Core Maths or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) grade B CCC: Contextual offer (more details
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM Science/Technical/Engineering types Other BTEC qualifications accepted (check our Aston University website for further information)
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits M: 15 credits In a technical or Science subject
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above in English and Mathematics requested

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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6min 5.5 need to be achived in each skills area

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £19400 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/EU students and £2,500 for International students. * Please note that the tuition fees stated are for 2020 entry. 2021 tuition fees are subject to approval and will be published on this website at the earliest opportunity **The latest information relating to EU fees for 2021 can be found on the UCAS website at: The University is currently reviewing EU fees in response to recent government announcements and will publish EU fees for 2021 in due course. *** International Students: Tuition fees for international students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.
Design, Enterprise and Innovation at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS