The programme has established a world-class reputation across industry, research and teaching. We have strong connections to the UK and global design economy and our tutors are collaborating on research and industrial projects with global design consultancies.

Funded Places Available

The University of Dundee is pleased to offer a limited number of fully-funded places to eligible students for this course. This is an initiative from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) designed to support key sectors in the Scottish economy to develop a high-level skills base.

Only those UK/EU students who have been resident in Scotland or the EU for the preceding three years and not for the purposes of study are eligible for this funding.

The programme will provide you with:

  • an ideal launch pad for entering the fast moving and exciting world of creative technology
  • an ability to make highly resolved product prototypes that explore and harness socially relevant design responses, thereby challenging the way people and society interact with creative technologies
  • an ability to interact and co-create with others, enabling you to become leaders in helping industry and society navigate the incredible opportunities and challenges that lie in our imminent futures
  • the tools and techniques for embedding cutting-edge technology into products
  • an internationally leading educational environment building on research and industry relationships, so ensuring a market readiness and entrepreneurship at the highest level
  • new perspectives and frameworks on problem-finding/solving, prototyping, design thinking and making, drawing upon an integral theoretical approach
  • the professional expertise and experience to work in cross-disciplinary teams to address contemporary real-world issues

Our Approach

We work with you to develop design responses where digital technologies are changing the way we live our lives.

We are exploring big data and the relationship between products, the internet and the cloud.

We work with creative technologies through playful thinking and making.


Graduates from Product Design have gone on to have successful careers in fields such as:

  • creative industries
  • consumer product design
  • medical products
  • engineering design
  • design management
  • independent design consultancies in the UK and abroad

The Product Design Research Group has a successful track record of research funding and also includes collaborations with NASA, Deutsche Telekom, Mozilla, Microsoft, Met Office and the V&A Museum. Over the course of the last few years, the group has investigated a variety of research topics, including, for example:

  • Investigating the impact of digital technologies and big data analytics on creative processes.
  • Using community hackathons to support the grassroots development of civic technologies.
  • Invigorating small business using Internet of Things (IoT) and digital technology.
  • Investigate how co-design and wearable technologies can improve the mobility and wellbeing of residents in care homes.
  • Exploring notions of openness and trust in IoT through an extensive network of collaborations, events and design interventions.

Entry Requirements

Academic Entry requirements - Honours degree at 2.1 or above in a creative or technical discipline (e.g. product design, industrial design, textile design, jewellery design, engineering, architecture, computer science etc.), although applicants with other qualifications or relevant professional experience will also be considered.

Written work - Please provide a short (500 word) story about you and your interest in Product Design. Make it as personal as you want or use your imagination! We want to see how you write about the world.

You will need to upload a portfolio of design/technology work. We consider all creative work in the context of design and portfolios will almost always include some (but not necessarily all) of the following:

  • contextual research,
  • visual mapping techniques,
  • sketching,
  • drawing,
  • CAD rendering,
  • model making,
  • physical/digital prototypes,
  • finished artefacts and any other design related work.

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated May 8, 2019
This course is Campus based
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12 months
6,950 GBP
per year, Scottish, EU and the rest of UK students. Overseas students (non-EU) £16,450 per year of study.
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