MA Design Management is a four-term, full-time programme. Each course is divided into units, which are credit-rated. The minimum unit size is 20 credits. The MA course structure involves six units, totalling 180 credits.
Autumn, Term 1
- Design, Management and Innovation (40 credits)
- Design Research Methods and Critical Practice (20 credits)
In the Autumn Term, you will critically engage with ‘design thinking’ and concepts and principals of design management and innovation. You will experiment with a range of interdisciplinary research methods.
Spring, Term 2
- Design Leadership and Culture (20 credits)
- Collaborative Unit (20 credits)
At the start of the Spring Term, you will take the Collaborative Unit, which is common to all courses at Masters level. This is a group based unit and may involve a live brief, external and or internal collaborators from the creative industries, cultural sector, public sector or commercial sector.
You will develop your understanding of leadership and management roles and the various ways in which design engages and interacts with stakeholders across various sectors and cultural contexts.
Summer, Term 3
- Global Design Futures (20 credits)
- Final Major Project and Thesis (60 credits)
In the Summer Term, you'll consider how design management can bring about transformation within a global context. You will apply your design research skills to explore trends and investigate the impact of and on design, and the drives behind the creation of social, political and cultural meaning.
You'll take the knowledge, skills and experience from the units studied to date on the course and bring these together in the production of a proposal for your self-directed major project that you will submit mid way through the Summer Term. You will then be assigned a tutor and develop this project which will culminate in a written thesis and an end of year show in Term 4.
Autumn, Term 4
- Final Major Project and Thesis (continued)
If you are unable to continue or decide to exit the course, there are two possible exit awards. A Postgraduate Certificate will be awarded on successful completion of the first 60 credits and a Postgraduate Diploma will be awarded on successful completion of the first 120 credits.
Learning and teaching methods
- Independent Learning Time (also referred to as Self-Directed Study)
- Personal Tutorials
- Group Tutorials
- Group Project Work
- Live and Simulated Projects
- Online Presence
- Portfolio / Body of Work
- Self-Initiated Projects
- Study Visits
The programme outcomes are assessed using the following assessment methods:
- Practical project work and digital activities
- Prepared writing i.e. academic reports, essays etc.
- Responses to case studies
- Oral presentations
- Peer learning
- Personal presentations of prepared work
- Simulations and role plays
- Workshop based activities
- Written research projects
- The creation of a portfolio or collection of work, which may contain a number of different activities i.e. creative artefacts with supporting process documentation and/or reports and evaluations.
The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.
Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.
In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.
We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact a member of the course team.