MA Product Design

Nottingham Trent University - School of Art & Design

Program Description

MA Product Design

Nottingham Trent University - School of Art & Design

MA Product Design

On the MA Product Design course you will be encouraged to explore the multidisciplinary field of design and challenge the norms in design thinking.

A variety of modules will help you to consider not only materials and manufacturing, but also international design strategies, helping you to understand global market forces.

By identifying trends that are supported by new technological opportunities you will be able to develop a product idea and fully consider its marketing, branding and packaging.

Postgraduate scholarships

The School will be offering a number of scholarships for students commencing their studies on one of our postgraduate courses.

Postgraduate open evenings

Our postgraduate open events are a great opportunity to meet our postgraduate teaching staff and students, visit the University, find out about the courses we offer, bursaries and funding opportunities.


The course shares lectures for the following modules with the other courses in the Product Design suite:

    •    Research and Design Methodologies

    •    Design Philosophy

    •    Design Paradigms

They also share studio time and seminars for the following modules:

    •    Computer Aided Design Systems

    •    Artefact and System Realisation

The following modules are specific to the MA Product Design course:

    •    Materials Science and Selection

    •    Manufacturing Processes

What will I produce?

By the end of the course you will have realised a working product which will be costed, packaged and ready for market.

You will have also produced a reflective journal and a dissertation examining and analysing the following aspects of your product:

    •    the market

    •    materials research

    •    design methodologies.

How do you study?

This modular course will be taught through:

    •    lectures – with all students from the Product Design suite

    •    intensive workshop introductions – to introduce all the equipment available so that you can use it to its full advantage

    •    studio sessions – these will often underpin areas introduced in the lectures

    •    seminars – with the rest of your course group you will examine and develop areas through discussion

    •    tutorials

    •    industrial and study visits.

Opportunities for progression

The collaborative nature of the Product Design Masters courses allows students to work closely with those studying other postgraduate courses. Access is also available to The Hive - a business incubator unit based on the University's City site, which facilitates the formation of companies and development of complementary product solutions. Staff can help to secure any intellectual property rights resulting from course activities.
Each of our Masters courses is designed to increase the employability of its graduates by identifying new product opportunities. Students become more strategically aware, technically literate and able to communicate concepts and outcomes of an advanced level in an ever-changing global marketplace. Recent graduates have set up their own businesses, progressed on to further postgraduate study, or secured employment in research, the manufacturing industries and consultancy.

Entry requirements

    •    A good honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a relevant discipline, or relevant experience

    •    Examples of work

    •    A personal statement

    •    English Language requirements for International and EU students

How to apply

Applications for this course should be made through our website; apply now for our MA Product Design.

You can study this course in a number of ways:

    •    full-time over one year
    •    part-time over two years.

This course can also be studied by Registered Project

Personal statement

Your course of study will be based on the research, development and production of a major project that you'll propose.
Your personal statement should be submitted as part of your online application form in the personal statement field.

It should be approximately 500 words and include the following:

    •    your aims and motivations to study within Product Design

    •    what you hope to achieve upon graduation from this course

    •    any specialist areas or ideas that you'd like to explore within your studies

    •    any practical skills that you possess that you think are relevant to your studies.

Please also include what your expertise is within the subject area, and whether you have any professional working experience.

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Last updated September 8, 2016
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1 - 2 years
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Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Nottingham, England
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