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Course content

The MSc Design: Products and Technology course is designed to enable students to acquire advanced design, technological and manufacturing skills to enhance their potential to become leading professional product designers and technologists. The course encourages a broad and diverse range of approaches to design practice which include manufacturing, computer science and technology, artificial intelligence for control, robotics, project management, inclusive design and emerging technologies such as advanced internet techniques.

The course provides opportunities to develop professional design and technology skills,and to acquire a critical understanding of the roles of advanced technologies in product development using modern tools and techniques within a manufacturing environment.In addition to providing a broader, analytical and integrated study of technologies and strategies, the course emphasises the importance of independent learning, collaborative team working, creative problem solving and self-organisation skills.

Why study this course?

  • Work in state-of-the-art laboratories and prototyping workshops, computer suites and dedicated design studios, and develop a broad understanding of emerging technologies and technological developments.
  • Design and negotiate a personal learning agreement, focused on your own design interests and expertise, strengths and weaknesses to maximise your development potential.
  • Benefit from internationally recognised research activities undertaken by our academic staff, supported by grants from a variety of funding organisations including the European Union, UK Government and UK Research Councils, the Royal Society, the Arts Council, and industry.
  • Work and study in a strong student design community, focused on studio-based working and based around supportive, peer-to-peer learning which helps to set out work in a professional context.
  • Work on an exciting range of projects driven by links with industry.
  • Benefit from expert technical support through our dedicated team of technicians.
  • Learn in a multi-disciplinary environment with academic staff and students across departments at NTU.

What you'll study

The main emphasis of this course is exploration of the technological relationships, strategies and interfaces between the user and the product in a manufacturing context. With strong industrial relationships and input, the course aims to provide you with a rich design multidisciplinary experience, providing you with the tools, knowledge and critical thinking to drive process and practice in the commercial world.

You'll study modules designed to expand your awareness and understanding of product design while developing a wider appreciation of a designer's role within modern society, and the impact of new thinking in business in the design industry.

Through it's project-based nature, the course emphasises the importance of independent learning, collaborative team working, creative problem solving and self-organisation skills. You'll develop a practice-based project for your final Major Study Project via the creation of a learning agreement as part of the Research Methods module; this is written in consultation with tutors and informs your final learning outcomes.

How you’re taught

Learning and teaching methods will comprise:

  • Lectures to introduce and develop concepts and to explore the application of concepts.
  • Practical workshops.
  • Studio sessions, workshops and laboratories to develop skills and appreciate concepts.
  • Seminars and tutorials to provide academic sites.
  • Case study and project work to develop a deeper understanding of concepts and applications.
  • Project presentations to develop confidence and identity in professional practice.

Careers and employability

This course has been developed to meet the needs of industry in the UK and overseas. It is specifically designed to increase the employability of its graduates in a business context by identifying new service, strategy and product opportunities, and conducting projects in collaboration with industrial partners. You'll become more strategically aware and technically literate, and will communicate concepts and outcomes at an advanced level in an ever changing global market place.

On completion, graduates will have acquired skills and knowledge to set up their own businesses, to work in manufacturing industries, design consultancies, and research and development organisations, or to progress to PhD study by engaging in further research.

The University's Employability Team is available to all students, offering individual consultation and support.

Fees and funding

Take a look at our postgraduate fees and funding page for more information on scholarships, loans, and other funding opportunities.


Visit the MSc Design: Products and Technology page on the Nottingham Trent University website for more details!

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