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Growth in China will redefine patterns of consumption, production, and cultural appropriation domestically and globally for generations to come. As China-based companies shift to a designed-in-China strategy and international companies seek to design for the Chinese market, career opportunities for graduates of this programme will be numerous.

The MDes Industrial Design programme is for graduates or professionals with design or engineering backgrounds, who want to broaden and deepen their design and design research thinking. You will develop an appreciation for and practice transdisciplinary approaches towards design solutions, including products, interactions, systems, and services. Options are available for part-time study for working professionals.

Following this programme, you will develop individual specialism skills while maintaining a generalist, transdisciplinary outlook towards design. During the first semester of this programme, you will advance your competencies in design research methods, transdisciplinary design tools, innovation processes, and design visualisation and communication. In the following two semesters, you will be supervised by academic staff to develop and carry out your own design research project.

Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Why should I study Industrial Design at XJTLU?

  • Exchange/visit opportunities to UoL's Liverpool and London campuses.
  • Internships/collaborations through staff's good network with international institutions and companies.
  • Embracing diversity, which supports and facilitates a wide range of design specialties and representations.

Knowledge and skills

You will be encouraged to take advantage of the transdisciplinary nature of this programme, with an emphasis on development and evaluation of new investigative methods and approaches. In addition to the academic modules, you can utilise the Additional Learning Activities (ALAs) to enhance relevant skills, e.g. design software, cultural appreciation, research, teaching, internship... etc. Your final projects can have an academic emphasis to prepare for doctoral study or be based on a more applied, industry-focused agenda.


Core modules

  • Framing design research
  • Methods for transdisciplinary design
  • Innovation by design
  • Advanced design visualisation and communication
  • Design research project (over two semesters).

Additional learning activities

The completion of additional learning activities is required to complete your masters degree. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester.


The MDes Industrial Design programme offers you a solid preparation for careers such as design practitioners and design managers, as well as for further studies on design-related PhD programmes.

Visit the MDes Industrial Design page on the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University website for more details!





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