Integrated Product Design MSc
About the course
The MSc in Integrated Product Design course focuses on the design of innovative products, emphasising the balance between the interest of users, industry and society. It covers the whole design process, integrating all aspects relevant to product development, in particular global new product design.
It meets industrial demand by integrating technology, management, aesthetics, environmental sustainability, ergonomics, marketing, business and design methods – to produce highly qualified and sought after designers able to cope with the challenges the global economy presents.
Specifically, the course aims to:
- provide an integrated programme of study across a broad range of knowledge and skills in product/industrial design
- develop design and technology research skills related to the design process through practicing applied research
- develop advanced design skills, enabling graduates to practice as an independent design professional and to further develop design and professional skills in product/industrial design engineering
- nurture scientific rigour as well as creativity to enable graduates to follow a successful career in product/industrial design and assume leadership roles in national and international companies and institutions.
Students master all aspects of integrated product design advancing their design skills and knowledge by applying systematic state-of-the-art theories and methodologies, and by integrating user, technology and business aspects. This not only opens up dynamic career options, but equips students with a comprehensive skillset to take into the commercial world.
The primary aim of this programme is to provide students with the practical knowledge and transferable skills required to be at the forefront of global product and services design research and development, in either an industrial or academic environment.
Graduates of this MSc will also have the independent learning ability required for both continual professional development and the acquisition of new skills at the highest level.
The course provides an integrated approach and promotes advanced studies in design theory, creativity and aesthetics, innovation methods, advanced design techniques, human factors and applied ergonomics, engineering, material and production science, sustainability and research methods.
The first term includes three taught modules worth a total of 45 credits plus one double module of 30 credits which continues into the second term alongside three further modules. The thick module, Professional Design Studio, will include guest lectures, research seminars and group or individual project. The projects can be based on design research or product/industrial design.
The ‘Design Futures’ module will introduce the importance and potential value of future foresight techniques and develop a vision of the future and critically evaluate its implications for design, innovation and enabling technology.
The ‘Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing Techniques’ module will introduce CAD and graphics based design modelling, rendering techniques and tools, product design simulation techniques and tools, rapid prototyping and manufacturing techniques.
For the final four months of the programme (June to September), students can either continue their projects to greater depth as their dissertation project, or undertake a new subject. Students are encouraged to form industrial links as part of this project.
- Key environment and socio-economic issues and relationships to sustainability
- The Life Cycle Assessment method and design practice with awareness of its strengths and weaknesses
- The tools of LCA and streamlined LCA to highlight critical environmental issues for development in a particular product
- Different views on environmental issues and practices
- Case studies to differentiate environmental problems, issues and possible solutions.
Design Creativity and Aesthetic Awareness
- Creative thinking theory and practice in design process
- Applying higher level creativity within a range of scenarios
- Aesthetic awareness within historical, semantic and contextual references
- The ability to incorporate and reflect on aesthetic content within design scenarios which drawing on a wide range informed and creative references
- Strategic Design Management and Research
- Understanding and critical awareness of design management and research principles within contemporary multidisciplinary practice
- Definitions of design, design management, branding, strategy, innovation, design research, technology and creativity
- Managing design and design research to improve organisational performance
- Relationships between design of products and services, the needs of the market place and the implications of consumer influences
- Qualitative and quantitative design management and research tools for formulating strategies, plans and implementation within new product or service development.
Human Factors in Design
- Anthropometric and biomechanical principles and design considerations
- Postural and motion principles and design considerations
- Perceptual, cognitive and emotional principles and design considerations
- Design of control interfaces and display interfaces
- Philosophy and process of human centred design.
Professional Design Studio
- Socio-cultural, economic, technological and environmental factors
- Design research and process developments
- The role and management of design within organisations
- Design responses: high quality design deliverables as part of a response to a design issue.
Design and Innovation Futures: Seminar & Workshop
- Futures forecasting and forecasting techniques
- Influences of global and national economy; organisational change issues
- Social and ethical issues
- Influence of technology, marketing and branding; innovation drivers
- Key design research findings.
Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing Techniques
- The technical challenges in the context of global product design and development
- Current computer aided design and manufacturing techniques in integrated product design
- Creative and virtual design theories, methods and techniques
- Applications of 2D/3D design modelling, rendering, analysis, simulation and prototyping, digital manufacturing
- Digital human modelling in design
- Integration of a range of CAD/CAM/CAE tools into design project.
Strategic Design Management and Research
- Strategic Innovation Management/Design Strategy
- Relationship between Design and Marketing
- Managing Customer Experience
- Project Management
- Design research methods
- Identify one or more critical issues suitable for in-depth research in the context of current needs and/or concerns of integrated product design
- Show evidence of initiative and creative thinking in both the methods employed and the critical evaluation of the key issues identified
- Critically reflect on the learning in the taught modules and the application of conceptual and practical tools during the design research project
- Work independently to a high standard in investigating and addressing complex issues and self-manage their study programme effectively.
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and what you will learn on the course.
High league table standings: Our courses are among the highest-ranking for Product and Industrial Design in the UK. In all the most recent university guides, as well as in the National Student Survey, Brunel Design is placed in the top four out of all UK Art and Design courses.
High employability: Design graduates enjoy excellent career prospects – see student graduate articles.
Brunel's Integrated Product Design course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).
Teaching and Assessment
Work in each module is predominantly assessed through practical project assignments including both individual and group work. The dissertation makes up a third of the overall degree and may include a substantial practical design element, but in all cases will be assessed through a final 20,000 word submission.
Graduates can expect to be employed in a wide range of companies, including design consultancies, research and development departments, research institutions and government bodies. Specific careers might include senior positions in design organisations acting as a design team leader, design project manager, design researcher and design policy maker.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Fees for 2016/7 entry
The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 invites applications for its industrial design studentships. The aim of these studentships is to stimulate industrial design capability among the country’s most able science and engineering graduates. Up to eight studentships are offered each year for outstanding engineering or science graduates who wish to develop their capabilities in industrial design and who aspire to becoming leading designers in British industry.
Eligible candidates should be residents in the UK, hold a good first degree in engineering or science, have obtained admission to a suitable industrial design postgraduate course normally in the UK and have recently graduated.
The studentship will cover all tuition fees up to the normal UK course level for UK students, a stipend worth £10,000 and an allowance worth £850 for materials. Some travel expenses may also be covered. Funding is for a period of one year with a possibility of renewal for another year.
View more information on Royal Commission Studentships.
Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students.
UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.
Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).
Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.
Entry Criteria 2016/7
A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification usually design; engineering; or a related discipline. Other qualifications and relevant experience will be assessed on an individual basis.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.
Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.