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Course content

This MSc Product Design programme is for students with a background in design, engineering or related areas. The course and modules aim to develop and enhance your innovation skills and knowledge required to achieve successful product design development and innovation.

You will develop a high level of creativity and design ideas as a part of your response to possible market opportunities. This is a key element to your learning on this programme.

The course will also enable you to develop a critical understanding of sustainable factors and its relevance and importance to all our futures. The course creates opportunities for students to originate new ideas and model or prototype design solutions that will meet perceived manufacturing, marketing and consumer needs.

Subject guide and modules

The range of modules reflects the nature of innovative design solutions plus the additional knowledge and skills required to put it into practice professionally. Elective module selection is detailed in the Programme Specifications.

Core Taught Modules
-New Product Development (EM4006)
-Research Project (PD4001)
-Product Design Innovation (PD4002)
-Sustainable Design (PD4005)
-Innovation Business Development (PD4008)
-Design Realisation (PD4009)
-International Studies (PD4010)

Optional Taught Modules
-Strategic Management (EM4002)
-Computational Fluid Dynamics and Applications (ME4501)
-Finite Element Analysis: Theory and Application (ME4502)
-Renewable Energy (ME4504)
-CAD Principles and Materials Selection (ME4505)
-Advanced Computer Aided Design (ME4518)

The Major Project module is completed between April and September.
-Major Project (PD4000)

Learning, teaching & assessment

The modules in this programme are delivered with lectures, seminars and lab-based tutorials giving a good balance between scientific methodologies and hands-on practice.

Creativity will underpin much of the interactive work during this course. Developed ideas can be manufactured using a variety of techniques including the use of our range of Rapid – Prototyping equipment.

Modules are assessed mainly through coursework, although some modules may also have exams. The major project is assessed by dissertation and supporting design work. Examples of past major projects range from the development of innovative Rigging for Stunt Kite Boarding, Race Car Suspension using composite technologies with Innovative Designs to the use of Solar Energy to help cool domestic conservatories.

Personal development

This is an interactive course aimed to develop your knowledge and understanding of the changes, developments and potential opportunities that face us all in a Global economy. You will create and deliver a major project and develop effective research and specification skills.

Semester 1 modules will enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and expertise required for this level of work, as well as the opportunity to initiate the research for the major project idea. Semester 2 modules will enable you to extend your professional understanding and expertise through module coursework, individual projects and teamwork.

You will also make several individual presentations and get chance to hone your interview techniques.

Professional accreditation

This programme is fully accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers leading to Chartered Engineering status (CEng).

Career prospects

Career prospects for graduates are excellent On completion of this one year course the student should be able to confidently develop their own product ideas and innovations ‘ready for manufacture and marketing’, start their own design business enterprise, or enter new product development organisations and other creative businesses at a higher level of responsibility.

Visit the Product Design Innovation - MSc page on the Aston University website for more details!

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