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Design and Innovation for Sustainability (MDes/PgDip/PgCert)


Course Description

Course Description

The Design and Innovation for Sustainability course aims to address the engagement of design-led thinking with the business and social agenda for sustainable development. It is about rethinking and re engaging existing paradigms to stimulate new futures. Uniquely it does this through a focus on the multiple perspectives of Design, Management, Engineering and Science and their engagement with innovation and sustainability. Students are introduced to ecodesign tools, design-led thinking tools and methods of developing project and programme strategies. This course encourages design-led thinking and innovation through first-hand experiences from business, engineering and design perspectives. This heightened awareness of other disciplines provides students with a platform to apply design thinking across disciplinary boundaries in industry.

Overview

Students are asked to pose questions in relation to the global context of design, consumption & production. Sustainable solutions, interventions in response to these issues are then explored and interrogated.

Duration: Full-time PgCert - one year, Part-time PgCert - two years, Full-time PgDip - one year, Part-time PgDip - two years

English Language Requirements

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

IELTS - 6.5
TOEFL - 92
Pearson PTE Academic - 65
Cambridge English Scale - 180
Cambridge English: Advanced - C
Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Course overview

The course comprises eight one-week assessed modules, a group project and an individual project.

Modules

The course comprises eight one-week assessed modules, a group project and an individual project

Core:
- Principles of Sustainability
- Principles of Sustainability
- Consumer Trends for Design and Innovation for Sustainability
- Design and Brand Management
- Creative Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
- Managing Innovation and New Product Development
- Whole System Design
- Technology, Environment and Society
- Programme and Project Management

Individual Project

The individual project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research, think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge and overcome genuine problems in Design and Innovation for Sustainability. Many of the projects are supported by external organisations.

Group Project

The group project provides students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a consultancy-type project, while working under academic supervision. Success is dependent on the integration of various activities and working within agreed objectives, deadlines and budgets. It addresses a real-life challenge in Design and Innovation and develops and refines students’ engagement with sustainability through the development of organisational, management and teamwork skills. For part-time students, a negotiated individual project usually replaces the group project.

The dissertation project (for part-time students) has similar goals to the group project without the specific focus on group working.

Industrially orientated, our team projects have support from external organisations. These include: Airbus, Atkins, Altro, Bromford Industries, Benaa Group, BT, Caterpillar, Centre for Process Innovation, Cisco, DPD, Dragon Rouge, Engineering Photonics Centre, Environcom, ERA Foundation, GKN Hybrid Power, HS Marston Aerospace, Ihsan Center, Labinal Power Systems, Maier Group, Novartis, Okaz Organization for Press and Publications, Operations Excellence Institute, Rolls-Royce, Safran Power, SENTi, SPI Laser, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Ultra Precision Centre, and Whirlpool.

As a result of external engagement Cranfield students enjoy a higher degree of success when it comes to securing employment. Prospective employers value the student experience where team working to find solutions to industrially based problems are concerned.

Assessment

Taught modules 40%
Group projects* 20%
Individual research project 40%

Career opportunities

Successful students secure positions where knowledge, and experience of design, innovation, sustainability and management are essential attributes to engaging in new and emergent agendas. The course provides essential attributes in reframing and expanding the ways individuals and organisations think about sustainability through a design-led approach.

The primary focus of Centre for Competitive Creative Design (C4D) is embedding state-of-the-art design-led innovation practice, developed through research and industry collaboration, within business and education to improve commercial performance and develop future innovation leaders.

For further information

On this course, please visit our course webpage https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Design-and-Innovation-for-Sustainability

Visit the Design and Innovation for Sustainability (MDes/PgDip/PgCert) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Candidates must possess, or be expected to achieve, a First or Second class UK Honours degree in a relevant science, engineering or related discipline, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.

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