MSc Design: Products and Technology

Nottingham Trent University: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

Program Description

MSc Design: Products and Technology

Nottingham Trent University: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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The MSc Design: Products and Technology course is designed to enable students to acquire advanced design, technological and manufacturing skills to enhance their potential to become leading professional product designers and technologists. The course encourages a broad and diverse range of approaches to design practice which include manufacturing, computer science and technology, artificial intelligence for control, robotics, project management, inclusive design and emerging technologies such as advanced internet techniques.

The course provides opportunities to develop professional design and technology skills and to acquire a critical understanding of the roles of advanced technologies in product development using modern tools and techniques within a manufacturing environment.In addition to providing a broader, analytical and integrated study of technologies and strategies, the course emphasises the importance of independent learning, collaborative team working, creative problem solving and self-organisation skills.

You will:

  • Work in state-of-the-art laboratories and prototyping workshops, computer suites and dedicated design studios, and develop a broad understanding of emerging technologies and technological developments.
  • Design and negotiate a personal learning agreement, focused on your own design interests and expertise, strengths and weaknesses to maximise your development potential
  • Benefit from internationally recognised research activities undertaken by our academic staff, supported by grants from a variety of funding organisations including the European Union, UK Government and UK Research Councils, the Royal Society, the Arts Council, and industry.
  • Work and study in a strong student design community focused on studio-based working and based around supportive, peer-to-peer learning which helps to set out work in a professional context.
  • Work on an exciting range of projects driven by links with industry
  • Benefit from expert technical support through our dedicated team of technicians
  • Learn in a multi-disciplinary environment with academic staff and students across departments at NTU

What you'll study

The main emphasis of this course is an exploration of the technological relationships, strategies and interfaces between the user and the product in a manufacturing context. With strong industry relationships and input, the course aims to provide you with a rich design multidisciplinary experience, providing you with the tools, knowledge and critical thinking to drive process and practice in the commercial world.

You'll study modules designed to expand your awareness and understanding of product design while developing a wider appreciation of a designer's role within modern society, and the impact of new thinking in business in the design industry.

How do you study?

Through its project-based nature, the course emphasises the importance of independent learning, collaborative team working, creative problem solving and self-organisation skills. You'll develop a practice-based project for your final Major Study Project via the creation of a learning agreement as part of the Research Methods module; this is written in consultation with tutors and informs your final learning outcomes.

Define a learning agreement with your tutor and focus on your own individual areas of development.

How you’re taught

Learning and teaching methods will comprise:

  • lectures to introduce and develop concepts and to explore the application of concepts
  • practical workshops
  • studio sessions, workshops and laboratories to develop skills and appreciate concepts
  • seminars and tutorials to provide academic sites
  • case study and project work to develop a deeper understanding of concepts and applications
  • project presentations to develop confidence and identity in professional practice

How will I be assessed?

Taught modules are assessed by coursework, oral presentations, case studies and projects. The Individual Major Project module involves the design, implementation and reporting of a major research task by thesis.

You'll receive regular verbal and written feedback about the progress you are making at each tutorial through discussion with staff and peers and via completion of tutorial record forms. You'll also receive feedback from staff and students during presentations, workshops and seminars. At the end of each module, you'll receive written feedback supported by tutorial contact where you can discuss the outcomes of the assessment in more detail.

Learn in a multi-disciplinary environment with academic staff and students across departments at NTU.

Careers and employability

This course has been developed to meet the needs of industry in the UK and overseas. It is specifically designed to increase the employability of its graduates in a business context by identifying new service, strategy and product opportunities, and conducting projects in collaboration with industrial partners. You'll become more strategically aware and technically literate, and will communicate concepts and outcomes at an advanced level in an ever-changing global marketplace.

On completion, graduates will have acquired skills and knowledge to set up their own businesses, to work in manufacturing industries, design consultancies, and research and development organisations, or to progress to PhD study by engaging in further research.

The University's Employability Team is available to all students, offering individual consultation and support.

Build important networks within the product design industry and open up exciting career opportunities.

Facilities

Resources and facilities

The course is based in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment at the University's City Campus.

The teaching and project work of this course is well supported by extensive and modern resources including:

  • hydraulic and pneumatic laboratory
  • machining and manufacturing workshop with a wide range of facilities such as an advanced water jet cutting machine and laser cutting machines
  • various types of CNC machines
  • a large number of metal and wood cutting machines
  • welding equipment and highly valuable rapid prototyping machines
  • well equipped laboratories with a wide range of subject areas including control lab
  • electronics lab, a robotics lab, mechatronics lab, metrology lab and material lab
  • wood, metal and plastics workshops
  • modern CAD/CAM studios
  • 3D printers.

Our workshops are based in the Maudslay building and are supervised by skilled technical personnel.

Entry requirements

UK

What are we looking for?

2.2 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field. Applicants with non-standard entry requirements and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you'll be asked to upload a practical portfolio of your work to our secure site.

International

If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not the first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you'll be asked to upload a practical portfolio of your work to our secure site.

How to apply

UK

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page. Most of our postgraduate and professional courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you'll be asked to upload a practical portfolio of your work to our secure site.

International

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal. Apply for your as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you'll be asked to upload a practical portfolio of your work to our secure site. If you'd like to prepare your portfolio in advance here are some guidelines.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Fees and funding

UK

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

International

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Pre-Masters courses

If you need to do a Pre-Masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our pre-masters courses page.

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Last updated September 28, 2018
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