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 programme will also enable you to develop a critical understanding of sustainable factors and its relevance and importance to all our futures. It creates opportunities for students to originate new ideas and model or prototype design solutions that will meet perceived manufacturing, marketing and consumer needs.
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.
On completion of this one year programme 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.
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.
A minimum of a lower second class Honours Degree in product design, engineering, or a business related subject.
UK and EU students: £4,350 (2010 fee), International students: £13,950 (2010 fee)
Recipient: Aston University
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