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Course content

The MA Design Management programme is an ideal course for those looking to develop and enhance their careers through an excellent understanding of the value of design and innovation. You will learn how to harness the power of creativity within business and how this can be used as a strategic tool.

Key facts

  • Prepare to take on managerial roles supported by your understanding of how to harness the power of design within a corporate context
  • Engage with industrial multidisciplinary projects based on real life situations
  • Applicants with substantial relevant experience alone will be considered on individual merit
  • Also available at our Newcastle Campus
  • Upon completion of your programme, you will be eligible for the QA Professional Pathways programmes which will enable you to further develop your skills with one of the UK’s largest providers of IT and project management training.

What will I study?

The MA Design Management is an ideal course for designers who want to develop their career by taking on a more strategic, managerial role. It will also appeal to business graduates or managers from other sectors, who want to advance their careers by developing a greater understanding of how design can contribute to leadership, sustainability and social innovation within a business.

You will study 6 modules that work together to give you a holistic view of design strategies and ways to successfully manage the complete design process. Areas that you will cover include: Creative Thinking, NSF Intellectual Property, Intercultural Communication, Research Principles, Reflective Practice, Contemporary Influences and Commercialisation.

These highly contextual modules provide the perfect foundation for you to understand the field of Design Management, find your personal direction and provide a stepping stone to your future career.

How will I be taught and assessed?

Teaching on this programme is delivered through tutorials, seminars, workshops and tutor guided independent learning, totaling between 12-14 hours per week. You will also be expected to engage in independent study involving directed and self-directed learning, around 28 hours per week.

Assessments take place through a mix of coursework, reports, presentations and projects.


All modules on this course are core.

  • LD7042 - Design Thinking (30 credits)
  • LD7043 - Design Process (30 credits)
  • LD7044 - Design Management 1: Articulating Design Value (30 credits)
  • LD7045 - Design Management 2: Strategy (30 credits)
  • LD7046 - Project / Thesis (60 credits)
  • EF0126 - ESAP in FADSS Level 7 (0 credits)

Tuition fee 2018/19

  • UK/EU students: £7,995
  • International students: £14,000

Please note that your tuition fees do not include the cost of course books that you may choose to purchase, stationery, printing and photocopying, accommodation, living expenses, travel or any other extracurricular activities. As a Northumbria University London Campus student, you will have full access to our online digital library with over 400,000 e-books and 50,000 electronic journals.

The modules you will study do not require you to purchase additional textbooks although we recommend you allow an additional £250-500 for the duration of your studies should you choose to purchase any additional reading materials.

Scholarships and bursaries for international students

Depending on the country you are from, you may be eligible for a country bursary and/or scholarship when studying this Masters programme.

All of our scholarships and bursaries are automatically applied when we process your application and one of our team will be able to confirm your eligibility.


Payment plans for self-funded students

If you need support to spread the cost of your tuition, you may be eligible for our payment plan.


Government Loan for Masters study

For the Academic Year 2018/19, the Government will be providing a Postgraduate Loan (PGL) up to the value of £10,609 for UK and EU students.


How to find out more

Enquire now to find out more information about the course, studying with us, the application process, and to ask any other questions you may have.


How to apply

Once you’re ready to apply, you can apply online to study the MA Design Management programme. This method allows you to upload your supporting documents at the time of application and automatically receive your student application number.


Visit the Design Management MA page on the Northumbria University (London Campus) website for more details!