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Course summary

MSc Design: Products and Technology embraces an extensive range of approaches to design practice – from manufacturing, computer science and advanced internet techniques, to artificial intelligence for control, robotics, project management and inclusive design. It's designed for you to strengthen your technological and manufacturing skills and you’ll develop a comprehensive appreciation of the principles and techniques that underpin advanced design solutions. Through contemporary research and industry-applied briefs and projects, you’ll explore the technological relationships, strategies and interfaces between the user and the product in a manufacturing context. With strong industrial relationships and input, this course ensures a rich multidisciplinary design experience, providing you with the tools, knowledge and critical thinking to drive process and practice in the commercial world. Who is this course designed for? This course is aimed at design professionals or graduates with a design-related honours degree. The course, and the associated support provided by the University, will enable graduates to develop advanced design, technological and manufacturing skills. These will be useful for starting your own business, working within the manufacturing industry, design consultancies, research and development organisations, or progressing on to further study. Key Features

  • Professional Accreditation | This course is dual accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD) and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) meaning it recognises quality and relevance in terms of course content. You can hold student membership for the duration of your studies.
  • Workshops and Facilities | Benefit from the industry-standard facilities at our City Campus. You'll be supported by our team of expert technicians and have access to our machining and manufacturing workshops, laboratories, modern CAD/CAM studios, and dedicated studio space for Masters students.
  • Exhibitions and Degree Shows | Expand your network and get noticed by showcasing your work at our annual Art and Design Degree and Postgraduate Design exhibitions — attended by design professionals, industry experts and potential employers.
  • Commercial Links | Benefit from our established links to commercial organisations, industry professionals and research experts. Our research activities are globally-recognised and supported by grants from a variety of funding organisations.


With a strong studio-based culture, our MSc Design course will provide you with the principles and techniques necessary for developing advanced product design and technological solutions to a range of practical problems. Utilising state-of-the-art laboratories and prototyping workshops, computer suites and dedicated design studios, you’ll develop enhanced skills of imagination, creativity, enterprise, leadership, team building and communication. The course is formed of four core modules, three of which are worth 20 credit points and develop different aspects of your design skills, knowledge and experience. You will also study a 120 credit Major Study Project, which will run throughout the year/two years on the part-time route. This is split into three elements which are assessed at the end of each term. You’ll have the opportunity to take part in a public exhibition at the NTU Degree Show, at the end of Term 2. Term 1 (15 weeks)

  • Design Research Methods
  • Design Tools
  • Products and Technology: Major Study Project - Element 1: Design and Emerging Technology Core
Term 2 (15 weeks)
  • Professional Collaboration
  • Products and Technology: Major Study Project - Element 2: Management and Manufacture Core
Term 3 (15 weeks)
  • Products and Technology: Major Study Project - Element 3: Realisation and Evaluation Core

Assessment method

Your progress on the course is assessed by 100% coursework, working to tasks and briefs.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Designers, Chartered Society of
  • Engineering Designers, Institution of

Entry requirements

2.2 honours degree in an art and design-related subject. Applicants with non-standard entry requirements and / or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Your work experience will be assessed to ensure it is relevant to your application. Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Assessment of your experience will confirm that you have achieved the necessary skills in the course of your general experience. If your initial application is successful, you'll be asked to upload a practical portfolio of your work to our Applicant Portal.

Fees and funding

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Design: Products and Technology at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS