MSc in Design Thinking

Cranfield University

Program Description

MSc in Design Thinking

Cranfield University

In today’s competitive world, business success depends increasingly on the ability to innovate. Business leaders are already recognising the importance of how creative practice and process can improve product and service development and design thinking in shaping business strategy.

Who is it for?

The course is designed to suit creative individuals with business acumen who recognise the importance of how creative practice and process can improve product and service development. It aims to develop creative design literate engineers, scientists and management postgraduates providing tools and techniques to visualise complex data flows and strategic communication processes. It is suitable for graduates from a variety of disciplines.

Why this course?

Offered by our Centre for Competitive Creative Design (C4D), this masters in Design Thinking exploits existing expertise within Cranfield’s School of Water, Energy and Environment and School of Management.

This course is suitable for mid-career professionals in the creative industries sector looking to improve their skills in the strategic, tactical and implementation aspects of the management of creativity and innovation in business.

Informed by Industry

Our courses are designed to meet the training needs of industry and have a strong input from experts in the sector.

Course details

The MDes course comprises five assessed modules in which students engage in creative leadership, strategic design management, design thinking and innovation strategy, technology and prototyping and circular innovation. Modules are delivered in facilities in Cranfield, supported by seminars, workshops and lectures in creative and design agencies, providing a closer link to professional practice. Students also undertake a group project in which they apply their skills to real business challenges, and complete an individual thesis project.

Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) students complete five modules and the group project. Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) students complete five modules.

Group project

The group project experience is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. Teams of students work to solve an industrial problem. The project applies technical knowledge and provides training in teamwork and the opportunity to develop non-technical aspects of the taught programme. Part-time students can prepare a dissertation on an agreed topic in place of the group project.

Industrially-orientated, our team projects have support from external organisations.

As a result of external engagement Cranfield students enjoy a higher degree of success when it comes to securing employment. Prospective employers value the student experience where team working to find solutions to industrially based problems are concerned.

Individual project

The individual thesis project offers students the opportunity to develop their research capability, depth of understanding and ability to provide world-class solutions to real problems in design strategy and leadership.

Assessment

MSc taught modules 40%, group project 20%, individual thesis 40%.

Entry requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.

English Language

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. Our minimum requirements are as follows:

In addition to these minimum scores, you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking an IELTS for UKVI test.

Applicants who do not already meet the English language entry requirement for their chosen Cranfield course can apply to attend one of our Presessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. We offer Winter/Spring and Summer programmes each year to offer holders.

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Last updated October 9, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2019
Duration
Duration
1 year
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
10,250 GBP
Home/EU students, full-time program. £20,500 overseas students.
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Locations
United Kingdom - Cranfield, England
Start date : Oct. 2019
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Oct. 2019
United Kingdom - Cranfield, England
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