Taught course

Design Management

Birmingham City University · Birmingham School of Architecture and Design

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have either a first or second class honours degree in a related subject, or, equivalent qualifications / experience and a background or proven interest in design or design management. Applicants should submit a statement outlining personal goals and how they plan to use the course to achieve these.

Months of entry


Course content


This is a multi-disciplinary programme aimed at ambitious designers, and non-designers working in the design industry who want to develop their personal skills, and gain business and marketing insight.

The curriculum has a professional focus and embraces business management, marketing, design strategy, entrepreneurship, innovation, sustainability, design leadership and design practice including project management, intellectual property law and finance.

Strong emphasis is placed on the development of evidence based decision making, high level leadership and communication skills.

Students can focus within their chosen area of specialisation and work-based learning students relate their study directly to the workplace, gaining credit for their work-based learning.

This course is divided into three trimesters to allow students to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's qualification.


PgCert: Research Methods; Professional Development; Business Perspectives; Design and Innovation Strategy;

PgDip: Leadership Project; Design Practice; Placement/Case study

Master's: Major project / dissertation.

Assessments are designed to be directly relevant to the design industry. The course provides continuous formative assessment via group and individual tutorial feedback. Summative assessment is based up on a combination of individual seminars, team presentations, industry standard reports, individual essays, team reports and briefings plus the final major project/dissertation.

Information for international students

International applicants should note that this is a demanding course that requires a high standard of reading, writing and listening skills. A minimum of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer/90 internet) is required.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
8 months
full time
4 months


part time
16 months
full time
8 months

Further details of qualification

MA Design Management can be studied part-time by UK and EU students using a Learning Contract, enabling practising designers/design managers to develop careers through work-based learning whilst in full-time employment. Participants tailor study around personal/work-related goals gaining credit for projects and time at work.

Course contact details

Course Enquiry Team
+44 (0)121 331 5595