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Product Design MA

Course Description

The Product Design MA will allow you to gain new insights within the field of product design, and to develop an enhanced understanding of design practice, design and research methodologies, as well as the application of emerging digital technologies, knowledge of business, global markets and sustainability.

You will benefit from an internationally acknowledged subject area, recognised for its undergraduate and postgraduate successes along with its design and research activities. You will be supported by expert academics and design practitioners to broaden and deepen your understanding of design. You will also study a variety of core and elective module choices, creating a personal and distinct programme of study that is focused on your individual interests and ambitions. These studies culminate in the final term where you will undertake a comprehensive design project within your own specialised area of product design.

Modules are taught through seminars, lectures, team working and design workshops, supported by tutorial guidance. You will also undertake independent research, analysis, design development and writing up of your projects, supported by individual tutorials. Assessment methods include report submissions, individual and group presentations (oral and design based presentations) and a major design project submission comprised of development, technical specification, prototyping and testing.

Teaching staff are involved in research and commercial activities that inform the curriculum, and have expertise encompassing additive manufacture, new product development, inclusive design plus publications related to material and manufacturing technology and innovation. You will have access to excellent CAD and workshop facilities including soft modelling, wood, plastics, metal fabrication, metal machining and finishing. The workshops house four computer numerically controlled (CNC) milling machines, a CNC lathe, two laser cutters, a vinyl cutter and three Rapid Prototyping (RP) machines with a 3D paper printer and CNC water jet cutter. There are also 29 Wacom drawing tablets linked to high specification Intel Core2 Duo computer workstations.

Graduates are employed in product and display design and manufacturing in Europe and the Far East. Current Product Design
MA student James Murray recently secured a job for the UK based retail designers 4G Design. As their Development Designer,
James' job involves all aspects of design including concept origination, CAD development, specification for manufacture and graphic presentation.

Visit the Product Design MA page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Art, Design and Humanities Vice-Chancellor's 2020 Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The scholarship programme is based on academic achievement and merit, and applies automatically to all DMU Home/EU students who are graduating this year (2014) or have graduated within the last two years (2012 or 2013) who achieved 2:1 or above, and enrol onto one of our full-time Masters programmes.For terms and conditions and a full list of eligible courses, please visit dmu.ac.uk/adh2020

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% tuition fees discount


At De Montfort University (DMU) we are fully committed to supporting our students and graduates throughout their personal and career development, and that is why we would like to introduce the Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship scheme for DMU alumnus, which will cover 50% of the tuition fee on a postgraduate taught course at DMU.

Application Procedure

The scholarship will be awarded automatically (subject to the eligibility criteria). There is no separate application process or deadline.

Further Information



Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships - 20+ Awards

As part of De Montfort University's (DMU) ongoing commitment to sport and enhancing our students' experience, we are delighted to offer the new Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships; available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. The Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship provides an opportunity for talented students to develop their performance in sports, becoming a DMU champion for sport, and performing in the British Universities and College Sport (BUCS) and Varsity competitions; whilst gaining a recognised degree qualification, across a wide range of courses and disciplines*.Each of our 30 dedicated packages provides students up to £6,000 of support each; including a £4,000 cash bursary and £2,000 towards sport-specific support, such as; physiotherapy, strength and conditioning, and private medical insurance for example.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £6000


- Be a UK or EU status student
- Be starting a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate taught course at DMU in September 2016
- Compete at a high representative level, and most-importantly be able to demonstrate passion and commitment to your sport
- Participate in the annual DMU sports club 'trials' and selection process within your chosen sport
- Where appropriate, be an enthusiastic role model to represent DMU; for example, with external partners, in the media, to prospective DMU students at Open Days and any other suitable event
- Where appropriate, compete for DMU in all competitions and training events, including at Varsity and BUCS events.

Application Procedure

How to apply
The application process for the 2016-17 academic year is now open. Download the form here, complete fully and return to the DMU Sports Team ([email protected]) by Friday 15 July 2016 for the first deadline, or Thursday 1 September for the extended deadline.Timeline for 2016-17 Application ProcessFriday 15 July - First deadline for scholarship applications
Friday 29 July - Successful applicants will be informed of final decision
Thursday 18 August - A level results day - Undergraduate scholarship decisions ratified according to academic entry to university
Thursday 1 September - Extended deadline for late applicants

If you have any queries about the scholarship, your eligibility or how the terms relate to your sport, please contact [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should have the equivalent of a 2:2 or above UK bachelor's Honours degree in product design or a related subject.If you have other professional qualifications and industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis. Evidence of design work in a digital portfolio of work is also required.If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Course Fees

Please see dmu.ac.uk/pgfees for more information

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