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MSc/PgDip/PgCertProduct Design

Why this course?

This course aims to provide graduates not only with enhanced skills in creative product design, but a deeper understanding of the cognitive, cultural and physical needs of users that inform new product design and development.

It will provide a thorough training in design theories and methods including product aesthetics and human-centred design, and the utilisation of advanced design techniques in digital modelling and physical rapid prototyping of design solutions.

The course will appeal to graduates of courses in industrial/product design or innovation-related courses who wish to influence future thinking and practice design.

Accreditation

Accreditation is being sought for this programme from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Accreditation is being sought for this programme from the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Course content

Compulsory classes

Global Design
This class aims to prepare students with the knowledge, skills and experience to become competent members of global/distributed design teams.
Design Methods
This class aims to enable you to select and apply appropriate design methods as a part of the design process.
Design Management
To provide a structured introduction to the Design Management process, issues and tools.
Product Modelling & Visualisation
This class aims to enable you to understand the concepts of multi-perspective product modelling and techniques used to visualise better products before they are fully designed and manufactured.
Management of Innovation

This class aims to identify, create and exploit opportunities for innovation on a systematic basis. In this class, all aspects of managing innovation; from recognizing the need and desire to be creative and innovative, using imagination to add value, developing structures, systems and incentives that encourage and implement innovation, will be discussed. We will examine what management of innovation is, how science and invention fuel different kinds of innovation, such as technological innovation, and the many organizational challenges that are presented by the inevitable evolution of new technology.

Topics that are addressed include:

  • understanding the nature of technology
  • preparing for emerging technologies
  • organising to innovate
  • types of innovation
  • the management of technology projects
The class is organised around lectures, class discussions, guest speakers from the sciences, engineering, and business, case analysis, exercises, and project work.
Design Form & Aesthetics

To develop a theoretical and practical understanding of design form and aesthetics.

Human Centred Design
Gain a theoretical and practical understanding of Human Centered Design.
Group Project
This class aims to enable you to understand the concepts of multi-perspective product modelling and techniques used to visualise better products before they are fully designed and manufactured.
Masters Project
The aim of the individual project is to develop your project development skills and to combine many of the aspects learned during other classes within a specific topic and a coherent body of work. This will be achieved through carrying out work into a particular topic relating to their theme and preparing a dissertation.

Optional classes

Sustainability
Sustainable Product Design & Manufacturing
The module addresses the global concerns relating to sustainable product development and manufacturing which companies face in terms of reducing the environmental impacts of their products and processes.
Remanufacturing
The aim of this module is to develop a detailed understanding of the evolution of sustainable manufacture with a particular emphasis on the implications of adopting remanufacturing approaches.
Advanced Materials & Production Technology

This class aims:

  • to educate you in the fundamentals of advanced materials and processing methods and advanced surface engineering
  • to help you gain knowledge of advanced machining processes and technologies, rapid tooling and rapid-manufacturing
  • to educate you in the principles and practices of green manufacturing and manufacturing sustainability
Product Design Techniques

This class aims to:

  • introduce design techniques at advanced level
  • enable you to understand the application of advanced product design engineering techniques in product development, in particular in mechatronic systems
  • provide opportunities for you to develop technology focused products or systems within the class supervised environment, including partial system evaluation and prototyping
Engineering Risk Management
This class aims to enable you to understand the basic principles and techniques of engineering risk management and demonstrate the appropriate application of this knowledge within an engineering context.
People, Organisation & Technology
This class aims to introduce you to the “softer” aspects of change management. In other classes you will have learned how to identify areas for improvement in organisations, tools and techniques to model organisations and to implement change. This class complements these things and looks at the human implications of change.
Strategic Technology Management
This class aims to provide you with a high-level understanding and knowledge of the role of technology in business strategy for maintaining market competitiveness.
Supply Chain Operations
The class aims to provides you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of those key concepts, methods, tools and techniques that are fundamental to effective and efficient running of supply chain operations from suppliers’ suppliers to customers’ customers. On completion you'll be able to design and manage operational supply chain planning, monitoring and control systems for complex and disparate operations.
Strategic Supply Chain Management
This class aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the fundamental building blocks of supply chain management and e-supply chains from a strategic perspective. This is with a view to developing your capabilities in modelling, analysing, diagnosing and re-designing/improving supply chains.
Enterprise Resource Planning
To develop a critical understanding of operation, structure and implementation issues around ERP systems as used in industry.
Management of Total Quality & Continuous Improvement
To provide you with an in-depth understanding of the main principles, concepts, tools and techniques of quality management and continuous improvement together with an awareness of how in practice these could be integrated to design and deliver an integrated continuous improvement programme. This class is run as a self-directed learning module where the formal lectures are replaced by comprehensive e-learning materials and a detailed learning programme. The learning is supported through comprehensive tutorials.
Fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma
The objective of this class is to introduce the participants to the principles of Lean Six Sigma thinking, tools and techniques of Lean Six Sigma and understand the wider implications of the broader strategic issues of organisation management and how they impact on continuous improvement programme. On completion of the class you should be able to understand the theory and practical application of Lean Six Sigma methodologies within a holistic process improvement framework. This will enable their businesses to become more efficient, cost effective and much more profit oriented in today’s competitive marketplace.
Product Costing & Financial Management
This class aims to provide you with an understanding of strategic aspects of finance in relation to the decision-making process and analysis necessary for efficient management of supply chains.
System Thinking & Modelling
The objective of this class is to introduce you to the theories and principles behind systems thinking. The class will also introduce you to the methods, tools and techniques for modelling, analysing, improving and designing systems in a variety of organisations, including industrial, commercial and public sector.
Design of Experiments for Process Optimisation
An introduction to statistically planned experiments

Entry requirements

MSc: First or second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in a relevant design or innovation discipline.

PgDip: Degree, or good HND plus relevant industrial experience, may be considered for entry to the Postgraduate Diploma.

Depending on satisfactory progress, students may transfer from the Diploma to the Masters course.  

 

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit International Study Centre and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

2018/19

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • £7,800

Rest of UK

  • £9,250

International

  • £18,750

How can I fund my course?

Scholarship search

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students starting in 2017 may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England can apply for Postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Wales can apply for support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland can apply for support from Student Finance NI. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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