MDes Industrial Design

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Program Description

MDes Industrial Design

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University


Growth in China will redefine 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.

The MDes Industrial Design 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 develop an appreciation for 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. Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Knowledge and skills

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


• Framing design research

• Methods for transdisciplinary design

• Innovation by design

• Advanced design visualisation and communication

• Design research project (over two semesters).

Additional learning activity modules


The MDes Industrial Design programme offers you a solid preparation for careers such as design practitioners and design managers, as well as for further studies on design-related PhD programmes.


RMB 90,000 for the entire 18 month full-time programme.

University tuition fees cover the cost of your study with us.

Entry requirements:

academic background

An undergraduate degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant field such as urban planning and design, architecture, geography, economics, management, environmental science, social or public policy.

English language requirements • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all sections) • TOEFL iBT: 90 (minimum of 21 in any skill)

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 10, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
18 - 30 months
Part time
Full time
90,000 CNY
June 30, 2017
For 30-month part-time programme
Start date Sept. 2017
China Suzhou
Application deadline June 30, 2017
For 30-month part-time programme
End date Request Info
China Suzhou
Application deadline June 30, 2017
For 18-month full-time programme
End date Request Info
Duration 18 - 30 months
Price 90,000 CNY
Price for the entire programme