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MA Industrial Design

  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

This course will prepare you for the creative industries, to become strategic with your visionary approach, capable of formulating inspired, creative designs based upon sound design strategy and research methodology. You'll be able to lead the creative design direction with flair and precision, to provide successful designs through discerning analysis and synthesis of human needs and design form. You may have come from, or have a wish to enter, a broad and diverse range of creative design industries: from graphics and packaging to product, exhibition and furniture, or to transport and spatial design.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2017, September 2018

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

1 year full-time or 2 years full-time with a placement; 2 years part-time

Required subjects:

Design

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above or equivalent in any discipline that involves an element of design. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

Core units

  • Design Aesthetics: Key-note lectures will explore the aesthetics of design concepts, and you will have the opportunity to deconstruct and analyse design methods and concepts in seminars and workshops.

  • Design Interaction: Through a structured process and methodology, you will develop a critical and creative understanding of interaction and ergonomic design methods. You will learn to identify, analyse and define ergonomic design phenomena and compile a design specification.

  • Business Innovation & Enterprise: With an emphasis on strategic management, you will look at how to identify and exploit a company’s strengths. You will evaluate external opportunities that exist, together with conceiving strategies to overcome internal weaknesses and the threats that might be imposed by the industry environment.

  • Design Management: To ensure your success in management, you will need to develop a critical understanding of design management. This includes the design process, product development, project planning, the integration of total quality and decision-making analysis.

  • Materials Optimisation for Sustainability: This topical issue is important to every kind of business. You develop a knowledge of sustainable development based on a multi-disciplinary approach to reducing waste. You will also learn to identify and quantify environmental impacts during the life cycle of a product/service from raw material abstraction to end of life disposal, and implement real-world sustainable development strategies.

  • Research Methods: This unit will prepare you for writing a project proposal and for conducting and disseminating your Individual Master's Project. Key research skills in areas such as literature reviews, critical analysis of research findings, project proposals, planning, experiment design and analysis, and dissemination are critical for your Project's success.

  • Individual Master's Project: A substantial, independently-conducted piece of work. Your Project should show your understanding of the characteristics and implications that are inherent to the solution of a complex, real-world problem.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for MA Industrial Design.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Placement opportunities

An exciting and valuable part of this course is the option to do a placement, which provides an excellent opportunity for you to gain first-hand work experience and apply the learning that you have achieved through the course, especially if you are considering a change in career or direction.

Full entry requirements

The normal requirements for embarking upon this course are:

  • Possession of a 2:2 degree or equivalent in a design discipline.

  • For post-experience and professional qualifications, there may be additional entry requirements set by the association or institute that ultimately administers the qualification in question. The qualification description on the course information pages should tell you what these are but please get in touch with the askBU Enquiry Service if you are in doubt.

If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow - some based on experience. Contact the askBU Enquiry Service for more information.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (academic) 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.

You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.

Careers

Upon completion of this course you will possess a wealth of enriched design experience and will be capable of formulating inspired, creative designs based upon sound design strategy and research methodology. This will give you extra marketability in the professional arena, providing you with a route into a successful and rewarding career.

As an MA Industrial Design graduate, you will be prepared to undertake roles such as: 

Industries worked in

  • Design
  • Industrial design
  • Project management
  • Research projects.

Further study

If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.

No hidden extras

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsidised travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Students section of the website.

Repeat Units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies, you may be required to pay additional fees equivalent to one ninth of the tuition fee per 20 credit unit.

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Additional information

Your career and development

Your career and development

Read about career and development opportunities and discover how gaining industry experience could help you.

International students

International students

We have a strong international student community. Find all the practical advice and information you need here.