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About the course

Do you want to be a design thinker? Is your goal to use a design strategy to transform businesses, cultures, and lives? Alternatively, do you want to develop your own design business? If your answer is yes, then this course is for you!

This course invites designers and non-designers to apply design thinking and business-speak to create innovative and purposeful outcomes. On this course, you sharpen your strategic edge through expanding your entrepreneurial and business capabilities. If you are a non-designer, you learn to be a creative thinker.

The postgraduate course is available as a full time (1 year), part-time (2 years), and via ‘workbased learning’ (2 years) while you remain employed.

You bring the knowledge from your past education and practice, combine them with the subject

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Entry Requirements

Either a first or second class honours degree in a related subject, or, equivalent qualifications/experience. Non-standard applicants with a non-design related degree and/or extensive work experience are offered a place on the course on a case-by-case basis. They may be invited for an interview.

A background or proven interest in design or design management.

A personal statement outlining personal goals and a plan to use the course to achieve these.

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Where is Birmingham City University


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Student Profile(s)

Valentina Hadjispyrou

If you are passionate about design and keen to learn how it can be connected with business and if you desire to progress your career further or build your own business from scratch, this course is designed for you. MA in Design Management will help you to gain the needed knowledge, skills and qualities in order to achieve your most desirable goals and dreams.


Kaifa Huang (Kevin)

My current role is mainly about Real Estate advertising, both online and in print. I deal with data collection and research about creative inspiration, promotional materials design, copy writing translation (Chinese-English).

When I was deciding to choose my specialism, the MA Design Management really stood out. I was impressed by the fact that it doesn’t only help designers to gain insights into business knowledge, communicate strategically with non-designers, and vice versa, but also help ‘manage’ design and designers in my future work.

The highlight of the course would be creating so many useful and helpful contacts who really helped me with independent study, complete tasks more efficiently, strategic and effective communication.


Keiran Clayton

Working at Ikon for two weeks on a work placement gave me an amazing insight into a real furniture design industry.

During my time there I learned and worked on a number of different skills, particularly all about the development process that the team goes through to come up with a bespoke furniture solution and a wider view of interior design as a whole. My placement also gave me a real-life and in-depth insight into key areas of the industry such as safety, research, materials and CAD software.

But it wasn’t just about the technical skills. I also spent a great deal of time learning about the commercial side of things such as how the business works behind the scenes, time planning, and finance.


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