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Product Design Enterprise - MSc


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.

Modules

Core Modules
-Product Design Innovation (PD4002)
-New Product Development (EM4006)
-Research Project (PD4001)
-Sustainable Design (PD4005)
-Innovation Business Development (PD4008)
-Design Realisation (PD4009)
-International Studies (PD4010)
-Major Project (PD4000)

Elective modules
-Management of Change (EM4005)
-Renewable Energy (ME4504)
-Finite Element Analysis: Theory and Application (ME4502)
-Advanced Computer Aided Design (ME4518)

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.

Professional Accreditation

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

Career Opportunities & Personal Development

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.

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.

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

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Postgraduate International Scholarship Scheme - 8 Awards

The School of Engineering and Applied Science is pleased to announce our 2010/11 Postgraduate Masters International Scholarship Scheme, available to self-funded international students entering full-time MSc programmes in September 2010. We are awarding 8 scholarships of £5,000 each to help with the cost of tuition fees, applicable to any of the following MSc programmes: Data Communication Networks
Engineering Management
Industrial Enterprise Management
IT Project Management
Mechanical Engineering (Modelling)
Product Design Enterprise
Product Design Innovation
Supply Chain Management
Telecommunications Technology These regional-based scholarships are available to students from the following areas:Africa
East Asia
South Asia
South East Asia
Middle East, Gulf States and North Africa
Russia and Central Asia
Other non-EU countries

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5000

Eligibility

The scholarships are available for international students who are self-funded. They are merit-based and to be eligible an applicant should have or expect to achieve a first class Honours degree or equivalent, hold the required English Language qualification, and be able to demonstrate the potential for outstanding achievement.

Application Procedure

A separate application is not necessary, the MSc Admissions Officer will select eligible applicants. To be eligible, applicants must hold either a Conditional or Unconditional offer for one of the listed MSc programmes for the School of Engineering & Applied Science by 5pm on Friday 16 July 2010.
The Panel may confirm awards for some outstanding applicants before the final closing date.
The School of Engineering & Applied Science Scholarship Panel will make their final decision by 6 August 2010. Successful applicants will be informed shortly afterwards.
Decisions of the School of Engineering & Applied Science Scholarship Panel are final.

Further Information

http://www1.aston.ac.uk/eas/postgraduate/fees-and-scholarships/international-scholarship/



Entry Requirements

Minimum of a first or good second class UK Honours Degree in a product design, engineering or business related course. Two years experience in relevant design work is an advantage. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. References are required.

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