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This innovative programme is a collaboration between the schools of Architecture and Engineering. Leading UK industry is relying on Virtual Engineering to drive competitiveness in an increasingly tough global market. The dramatic change in practices within organisations to be digitally driven in the future requires a wider approach to design and fresh business models. To capitalise on this, it is critical for future and existing Designers and Managers to have the skills this programme provides.

This programme brings together the best of design teaching from different professions; from Industrial and Product Design, Architecture, alongside facilities at the technological forefront of digital design including Virtual Engineering, Virtual Reality and Rapid Prototyping.

It links the knowledge and experience held by industry partners with the University’s research strengths.

This unique programme pioneers a collaborative transdisciplinary approach between Architecture and Industrial Design disciplines sharing a design ethos and methodology; exploring the similarities and differences in a collaborative studio environment.

With a history of new product development initiatives dating back to the 1990s, and drawing on its substantial developments in Virtual Engineering, the School is well placed to harness knowledge, expertise and networks that have been developed within the University over recent years.

This programme draws on the knowledge, expertise and networks that have been developed within the University as part of the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC).

The VEC is a University of Liverpool, School of Engineering led centre of expertise in best practice for demonstration, innovation and integration of virtual design and engineering technologies across High Value Manufacturing sectors.

The VEC comprises a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, computer scientists and industry experts, underpinned by extensive access to a wide range of academic expertise from across a wide range of disciplines. The VEC delivers technology development and the latest research, training and knowledge transfer around the application and adoption of advanced modelling, simulation and 3D immersive visualisation in support of product design and manufacturing innovation.

Visiting lecturers from leading design practices and industry will contribute to the programme as guest lecturers, with current research, and demonstrating real-life case studies.

This programme offers a semester at our campus in China, Xi’an Jiaotong- Liverpool University.

Programme Structure

Semester 1

Presenting Design Research (15 credits)
Design Project 1 (30 credits)
Managing New Product Development (15 credits)
Digital Design and Simulation Technologies (15 credits)
User-centred Research and Design (15 credits)
Design Appreciation 1 (15 credits)

Semester 2

Research Methodology (15 credits)
Design Project 2 (15 credits)
Innovation and Entrepreneurship (15 credits)
Group New Product Development Project (15 credits)
Design Appreciation 2 (15 credits)

Semester 3

Thesis (Dissertation, Design by Research or Design) (60 credits)


The industry need for digitally enabled Architects, Designers and Engineers promises a number of exciting career paths for students. The multi-disciplinary focus of this programme will develop careers in creative and manufacturing industries spanning architecture, product design and development, and urban design.

Visit the Advanced Transdisciplinary Design MSc page on the University of Liverpool in London website for more details!





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