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MSc Product Design

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Meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising future developments in design and manufacture is a complex challenge for product designers across the globe. This course will develop your understanding of systematic design processes relating to business strategy, and influencing sustainable development within the design process.

This degree has been accredited by the Institute of Engineering Designers (IED) as fulfilling the requirements for Chartered Technological Product Designer (CTPD). You are entitled to free student membership of the IED, and you will receive their bi-monthy journal  - Engineering Designer - free of charge too.

On the course you'll cover a range of topics from materials technologies to sustainability issues. You'll investigate, select and learn to use the computer aided design (CAD) and analysis simulation tools that are appropriate to the requirements in your field of work. Furthermore it will give you the skills and knowledge to lead and manage projects with the commercial acumen demanded in today’s competitive global environments, and the ability to manage, document and effectively communicate project plans and results.

Find out more: Watch a recorded webinar about our Master's degrees in Design and Engineering. This is presented by Dr Mehran Koohgilani, the programme leader for postgraduate courses.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


1 year full-time (2 years with optional work placement)


Institution of Engineering Designers

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Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 or equivalent in a required subject. Applicants who wish to meet the Chartered Technological Product Designer registration requirements must have an undergraduate degree accredited by IED to MIED level or academic qualifications that have been approved at MIED level through the IED Education and Training Committee or equivalent. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

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The optional placement provides an excellent opportunity for you to gain first-hand industry experience and apply the learning that you have achieved through the course. The placement should be a paid job but voluntary work can be just as enjoyable.

Experience gained on the placement is invaluable in helping you to make informed decisions about your future career path, as well as enhancing your employment prospects upon graduation. Our dedicated Placements Office helps you to obtain placements and you will receive support throughout the placement experience. Interview techniques and advice are also provided to help you successfully gain a placement. A number of companies offer our students placements every year.

Your application

For MSc Product Design we are looking for applicants who:

  • Wish to gain a full awareness of advanced product design methods
  • Wish to be able to investigate, select and learn to employ product design methods appropriate to the requirements of industry
  • Wish to be able to realise design solutions using advanced computer aided design and analysis
  • Wish to become fully aware of the enterprise and business driven aspects of new product designs
  • Wish to be able to manage, document and communicate, project plans and results.

Entry requirements


This course will give you the skills and knowledge to lead and manage projects with the commercial acumen demanded in today’s competitive global environments. Equipped with the ability to manage, document and effectively communicate project plans and results, you will be well prepared to embark on a successful career in product design management.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the new Postgraduate Loans Scheme, offering up to £10,000 of support (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

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