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 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.
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:
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject (ie 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 Future Students Enquiry team 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 Future Students enquiry team 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 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading, 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.
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
- Industrial design
- Project management
- Research projects.
If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.
Meet our staff
Course leader for the MDes (Hons) Product Design, Franziska Conrad designed the QuickPitch pop-up tent when she was a student here at BU.
Dr Bryce Dyer, a Senior Lecturer in Product Design, created a new limb for athlete Colin Lynch, which will be used as he represents his country at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Associate Professor Dr Tania Humphries-Smith is the current Chair of the Institute of Engineering Designers (IED), the UK’s only professional body representing those working in the many fields of engineering and product design.
Read more about the expertise of other members of the Department of Design & Engineering, and book on to an open day to come along and meet some of them.
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After an annual review of the placement year tuition fee, a price increase in line with current inflation, equating to 3% has been introduced.