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MDes Transdisciplinary Design

Course Description

Growth in China will re-define patterns of consumption, production, and cultural appropriation domestically and globally for generations to come. As China-based companies shift to a designed-in-China strategy and international companies seek to design for the Chinese market, career opportunities for graduates of this programme will be numerous.

This programme is for graduates or professionals with design or engineering backgrounds, who want to broaden and deepen their design and design research thinking. You will appreciate and practice cross-cultural approaches towards design and product, service, and systems development. Options are available for part-time study for working professionals.

Following this programme, you will develop individual specialism skills, while maintaining a generalist, transdisciplinary outlook towards design. During the first semester of this programme you will advance your competencies in design research methods, transdisciplinary design tools, innovation processes, and design visualisation and communication. In the following two semesters you will be supervised by academic staff to develop and carry out your own design research project.

You are encouraged to take advantage of the transdisciplinary nature of this programme, while the development and evaluation of new investigative methods and approaches is emphasised. Your projects can have an academic emphasis to prepare for doctoral study, or be based on a more applied, industry-focussed agenda.

What are my career prospects?

The programme offers you a solid preparation for careers such as design practitioners, design managers, as well as for further studies in design-related PhD programmes.

Part-time study option also available.

English Language Requirements

• If English is not your first language, but you are following a full-time degree level programme delivered wholly in English, you will normally be exempt from the English language requirements.
• If you have not studied at degree level in English, you will need to provide evidence of your level of proficiency in the English language. You should normally possess (or be planning to complete) one of the following qualifications:
---- IELTS: 6.5 with minimum of 6.0 in each of the 4 language skills
---- TOEFL iBT: 94
• If you miss the English language requirements by 0.5 to 1.0 of an IELTS band, or similar number for other English exams, you can apply to take our 4- or 6-week intensive English Presessional. For further information please click here.
• Individual cases will be considered on their own merits. You may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate English proficiency. As a condition of your admission or after admission, you may be required to complete English language modules as part of your additional learning activity requirement during your studies at XJTLU, on a pass/fail basis, depending on your proficiency in English.

Visit the MDes Transdisciplinary Design page on the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

50% ScholarshipXJTLU offers a generous scholarship of 50% of the total tuition fee for all full-time masters programmes. All applicants will be considered for this scholarship based on academic merit.
Note: There are currently no scholarships available for part-time programmes.

The University of Liverpool discount If you are a graduate of XJTLU, the University of Liverpool or Xi’an Jiaotong University, you will automatically receive a discount of 20% of the tuition fee.

Corporate and Association Discounts

We are pleased to offer corporate and business/professional association discounts for managers

• For 2 or more managers from the same company or organisation for the same start date: 10% company discount on presentation of a confirmation letter from the employer • For managers working for a company or organisation that is a paid-up member of an approved professional or industry association: 10% association discount on presentation of a confirmation letter from the employer and/or the association
To sign up for the corporate or association discount or to enquire whether an association has already been approved by the University please contact [email protected] e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% off the tuition fee


All applicants for full-time programmes will be considered for this scholarship, based on academic merit.

Application Procedure

For any enquiries regarding scholarships please contact [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree in a relevant field, such as: Industrial Design, Product Design, or a related programme.

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