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MA Design Management

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  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time, Sandwich (Thick) out of college.

Please note that this course is not recruiting for September 2019 or January 2020. Please register your interest and we will let you know when applications open for September 2020 or January 2021 entry.

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.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2020, January 2021

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

1 year full-time (15 months for January starts), 2 years with an optional work placement, or 2 years part-time

Required subjects:

Design

Entry requirements:

A Bachelor's 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. For more information see our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You may also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification (pdf 370kb)

Placements

If you choose to take the optional placement, it will begin after completion of the taught units, providing an excellent opportunity for you to gain first-hand industry experience and apply the learning that you have achieved through the course. The placement should be a paid job but voluntary work can be just as enjoyable.

Find out more about postgraduate placements

Your application

Entry requirements

Careers

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.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. 

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. You may also benefit from guest lectures from industry, including our alumni. Please note that teaching staff can change.

You can find out more about some of the staff that are currently teaching on the course and their research activities below. 

Read more about the expertise of other members of the Department of Design & Engineering, and book on to an Open Day to come along and meet some of them.