The role of Design Management covers aspects of project management, design and strategic planning to administer the creative process in a professional environment. By covering these topics with a focus on academic underpinning to real-life situations, our MA degree prepares you for a career in innovation and leadership within the fast-moving creative industries.
This MA will appeal to design organisations as well as engineering employers for the advancement of candidates holding a first degree, or equivalent qualification, in a design/engineering related field. The aim is to enhance existing skills and abilities by enabling a systematic approach to design and the decision-making process.
On this course you can benefit from opting to take a 30-week placement in industry, extending your course by a year, although this is not mandatory. This will give you essential real-world experience, placing your theory and skills into practice, and enabling you to harvest a network of professional contacts – all of which are vital for successfully launching a career.
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject. Applicants who wish to meet the Chartered Technological Product Designer registration requirements must have an undergraduate degree accredited by IED to MIED level or academic qualifications that have been approved at MIED level through the IED Education and Training Committee or equivalent.
Required subjects: Design
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
Competitive Product Development: Developing an understanding of the factors that affect competitive product development with both the domestic and the international markets, this unit will cover marketing, product design, manufacturing, component and product sourcing, market evaluation and the benefits of partnership working within the supply and distribution chains.
Design Management: Relating studies to decision making,you will be educated on societal marketing business philosophies and how to use them as a tool in management. The unit will focus on employing a systematic design process for analysing and solving design problems effectively and efficiently.
Strategic Management: The role of strategy in a business context is paramount. You will examine the role of analysis in strategy formulation while analysing concepts and frameworks that can be used for assessing an organisation’s strategic position. The aim of the unit is to develop an understanding of how implementing effective strategies that match the company’s resource to its industry environment can make an impact.
Knowledge Transfer: Considering the history of the higher education landscape and its contemporary space as a supplier of knowledge, this topic will give you an in-depth critical understanding of the methods and processes of knowledge transfer. By establishing an understanding of IPR mechanisms, you will have the ability to critically evaluate innovation drivers within the commercial sector.
Design Thinking: Taking a research-based approach you will investigate the latest ideas in advanced design methods and user experience design to move the notion of the product from the traditional physical form to include seeing the product as a service, taking the product into the virtual and the inter-faceless.
Research Methods: This unit will adequately prepare you for writing a project proposal and for conducting and disseminating the Individual Master´s Project. You will use key research skills in areas such as literature reviews, critical analysis of research findings, project proposals, planning, experiment design and analysis, and dissemination.
Individual Masters Project: Using real life problems you will use your knowledge gained from the programme, research findings and industrial experiences to produce an independently conducted piece of work. Your project may be linked to your workplace or to research being undertaken within one of BU´s research themes. This project will develop your knowledge of philosophy, methodologies and techniques of research provide you with an opportunity to critically investigate and report on a particular issue in depth and enable you to engage in complex issues and present an analytically rigorous and well-argued case.
This course will empower you with the business skills, industry knowledge and confidence needed to spearhead and manage the development of new products and projects within the technological industries, providing you with a route to becoming a successful, dynamic leader in the engineering industry. Good project managers are indispensable to all organisations competing in today’s international businesses, meaning you will be able to enjoy career opportunities in a wide range of industries.
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