The focus of this course is on innovation and the development of competitive products. You will cover a range of topics from materials technologies to sustainability issues. In many of the units you will use industry standard product design methods and tools. We have state of the art computer aided design and analysis tools in dedicated workshops. You will investigate, select and learn to use the tools that are appropriate to the requirements in your field of work.
This course will also give you the skills and knowledge to lead and manage projects with the commercial acumen demanded in today’s competitive global environments; and the ability to manage, document and effectively communicate project plans and results.
A good honours degree or equivalent qualification in relevant subject.
We welcome students on this course for both full-time and part-time study.
This course can be studied part-time, 2 years to masters level and over 3 years to PGDip level and then a 6 month project. During this course units are taught intensively, usually over 4.5 days, with assessment normally taking place 5-6 weeks after the delivery of the unit.
Project Management (20 Credits)
You will master a range of techniques, and gain the ability to handle contradictions in the knowledge base. You will apply analytical and critical thinking with respect to the planning of design and development projects; as well as learn valuable leadership skills.
Design Interaction (20 Credits)
Through a structured process and methodology, you will develop a critical and creative understanding of interaction and ergonomic design methods. You will learn to identify, analyse and define ergonomic design phenomena and compile a design specification.
Materials Optimisation for Sustainability (20 Credits)
You will develop a deep knowledge of sustainable development based on a multidisciplinary approach to waste minimisation. You will also learn to identify and quantify environmental impacts during the life cycle of a product/service from raw material abstraction to end of life disposal, and implement real-world sustainable development strategies.
Design Simulation (20 Credits)
You will develop an extensive understanding of strengths and limitations of current solid modelling applications in respect of part and assembly design. You will gain an understanding of the strengths and limitations of using simulation tools for analysing and validating industrially relevant design problems. You will develop professional competence and critical awareness in the use of modern analytical techniques and tools for the product development process.
Business Innovation & Enterprise (20 Credits)
With an emphasis on strategic management, you will look at how to identify and exploit a company’s strengths. You will evaluate external opportunities that exist, together with conceiving strategies to overcome internal weaknesses and the threats that might be imposed by the industry environment.
Research Methods (20 Credits)
You will develop key research skills in areas such as literature reviews, critical analysis of research findings, project proposals, planning, experiment design and analysis, and dissemination. This unit will adequately prepare you for writing a project proposal and for conducting and disseminating the Masters project.
Individual Masters Project (60 Credits)
You will develop an understanding of the characteristics and implications inherent in the solution of a complex, real-world problem by undertaking a substantial, independently-conducted piece of work.
Industrial Placement - one year optional minimum 40 weeks.
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