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MSc Product Design Enterprise

Course Description

The Product Design Enterprise MSc was developed to interest graduates from a business or design background. To enhance knowledge and understanding of the principles underlying professional product design, and enable the student to develop appropriate entrepreneurial skills enabling viable manufacturing, marketing or business enterprises.

The programme requires the student to undertake 10 taught modules and to complete a major project of approximately 15,000 words. Each taught module involves up to 22 contact hours per week, including lectures, tutorials, seminars and project classes. The course will run from October to September with examinations/assessments held in December and March/April. The Research Project explores fully the feasibility of the Major Project, which must be completed by early September. 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. Modules are assessed mainly through coursework although some modules may also have exams. The major project is assessed by dissertation and supporting design work.

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. 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.

This programme is suitable for candidates seeking to develop their own product ideas and innovations ‘ready for manufacture and marketing’, start their own design business enterprise, or enter new product development organisations at a higher level of responsibility.

Graduates with at least two years relevant design work experience are particularly encouraged to apply. Students without such experience may be admitted based on individual merit. A score of 55% or above from (Aston University) Pre-Masters Programme for applicants not meeting the lower second class or English language requirement.

English language requirements for international students: IELTS 6.5, TOEFL score of 600 or equivalent.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a lower second class Honours Degree in product design, engineering, or a business related subject.

Course Fees

UK and EU students: £4,350 (2010 fee), International students: £13,950 (2010 fee)

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