MSc in Design and Technology Futures


Program Description

Design and Technology Future (D&TF) is built on the notion that a deep understanding of modern technology, an appreciation of cultural diversity, and a creative mind-set are the main driving forces of any successful innovation. It is a transdisciplinary programme merging the competencies and skills of technology and design.


Design and Technology Futures is combining education and innovation into an enabling platform which at one hand collaborates with industry and government partners to search new ways out from the modern complex challenges and on the other hand, engages students with new and unique experiences out of their comfort zones in order to create innovation and new thinking. To find out what the future might be.

The challenges in the program are presented in an open format, encouraging students’ personal creative development and self-expression.

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Why this programme?

  • The programme offers an opportunity to acquire integrated practical and theoretical knowledge in design-driven innovation with an ability to spark, lead and perform future-oriented tech-intensive product, and service concept development;
  • Exiting cooperation projects with industry, government partners or society looking for new opportunities for technology development into promising product-service systems;
  • Teaching staff with high theoretical and practical experience.

Future career

Entrepreneurs, innovation leaders, product and service developers and managers who are able to work in a wide scope of creative integrated development teams and run design-driven innovation projects integrating together the technological possibilities provided by industry with opportunities found on the market and in the society.

Students say

Straight after defending his master thesis in June 2016, Aigar Tälli was hired by the leading supplier of car safety systems Autoliv R&D department. Now he works as a product development engineer in Hamburg and looks back to his studies in Design & Engineering Tallinna Tehnikaülikool/TalTech and Eesti Kunstiakadeemia/Estonian Academy of Arts:

The programme of D&E offered by TalTech can be considered a curriculum which may fundamentally change your point of view on how and why all things around us are made. Having finished my bachelors in product development and production, I can speak about the transition from an engineer to a design engineer. I had always been interested in "design" as such, but as it came out later, not fully understood the meaning of the word. Usually people - including me - refer to "design" as the aesthetical value of a product - well that can only be called the tip of the iceberg of what you will learn to handle in this programme. As the classical way of engineering works in the way of problem -> solution. Add a little bit of design thinking from D&E and it can show you that firstly there is not only one solution, but the problem at your hand also may even not be the actual one that needs fixing and finally come out with a great idea that is rapidly different and better from conventional solutions. For me, this programme was a real eye-opener regarding various topics from user-centred design, product branding, user interfaces to innovation management processes and many more. All of these which are necessary for a person who wants to call himself a designer engineer - a multidisciplinary approacher with innovative ideas. All of the courses are led by professionals in their field with real-life experiences and are an absolute pleasure to hear and discuss with. Students with various backgrounds bring different ideas and perspectives to all of the works and discussions. I would recommend this programme to people who are fond of product and service development, are open-minded and would like to experience a world where design and engineering work together for creating a better tomorrow.

Aigar Tälli
Alumnus of Design and Engineering

From the fashion industry to satellites: our graduate Tea Tüür started to work as a Design Thinker in Catapult Satellite Applications in Harwell, Oxford this April, just after graduating in January. Now she looks back to her studies at Design & Engineering and her personal development with it:

Design and Engineering is a truly unique study programme in Estonia, transmitting skills and knowledge that are relevant and sought-after in many modern international companies. It opened up my worldview, enabled me to gain international contacts and cross-disciplinary teamwork experience. I loved the topicality and diversity of the projects we could work on – no semester was alike. I was uncertain about my career path when I started the programme. The most important thing I gained from D&E is the discovery of what I’m good or not-so-good at and what are the things in life I really care about. In addition to learning to analyse the cultural, social and economic changes in society, every student received feedback and support to assess their personal development. I would definitely recommend D&E to a wide variety of people – whether at the start of their career or well-established; passionate about tech, design, business, psychology or all four. You are guaranteed to get a new perspective on things, learn a lot and meet a bunch of great people along the way!

Tea Tüür
Alumna of Design and Engineering


Students for TalTech international study programmes are admitted based on the admission threshold. The maximum score for all examination parts is 10 points. An applicant who receives a minimum of 5 points is admitted.

Programme specific requirements

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in technology, design or innovation field.

In order to qualify for the studies at Tallinn University of Technology, an applicant has to have at least 60% of the highest possible CGPA.

Motivation letter

The motivation letter should give an overview of the candidate's background and define clearly why he/she wishes to study in D&TF master’s programme. Please discuss the following themes:

  • Present how your previous studies, activities and experience are relevant for studying design-driven innovation. You can illustrate your statements with the outcomes from your personal design, engineering or innovative activities done before or reflect on the problem you have presented visually in your portfolio.
  • Discuss and present your personal understanding of the possibilities and dangers hidden in the development of technology and design. Illustrate your thoughts with one currently topical case.
  • Include an analysis of your strengths when contributing to multicultural and cross-disciplinary team projects and vision about your future plans in the field.

NB! It is important to properly cite and reference any sources used in your motivation letter (quotations, publications, ideas etc. that are not your own). Neglecting the rules of referencing and citation is considered plagiarism and will result in the disqualification of your application.

The motivation letter is graded with a maximum of 3 points. The threshold is 1.5 points.


A portfolio should give an overview of the applicant's professional capabilities and include the best examples of his/her innovative developments, designs and other creative work.

The portfolio could include development sketches, engineering designs, photos of the models or finished products or other developments related to modern technology as user interfaces, apps, service design projects, marketing activities etc. We do not expect you to master classical painting or drawing skills but want to get an insight into your creativity and critical thinking and get an overview of what are your means to participate in innovative activities.

As an option, you can also create for your portfolio a visual analysis of one contemporary complex problem where you feel that design or innovative intervention could play a role in looking for solutions. Present visually the complexity, bring out different perspectives to and elements of the problem, show the relations and interests in-between.

We will evaluate the quality of the work submitted and the portfolio as a whole. Some of the presented projects will be also discussed in an interview.

The portfolio is graded with a maximum of 3 points. The threshold is 1.5 points.

Online interview

An applicant must be attentive, have analytical skills and be interested in the profession and the world in all its diversity. We evaluate the skill to substantiate the choice of the speciality and to connect it with your professional career, your motivation and ability to discuss the trends and issues in the field. We evaluate communication skills, creativity and critical thinking, motivation to pass the selected study programme and to continue with the professional career, the ability to collaborate and to contribute to multicultural and multidisciplinary teamwork (creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration).

Duration of the interview is 20-30 minutes.

The interview is graded with a maximum of 4 points. The threshold is 2 points.

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

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