Taught course

Design Management

Birmingham City University · Birmingham School of Architecture and Design

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Entry requirements

  • Either a first or second class honours degree in a related subject, or, equivalent qualifications/experience.
  • A background or proven interest in design or design management.

Months of entry


Course content

Accelerate your career with our MA Design Management course, established for over 20 years. Designed to give you the knowledge required to bridge the gap between design and business, you’ll develop the requirements sought for in industry today.

Through theory and practice, this multi-disciplinary programme is aimed at ambitious designers and non-designers alike. We’ll give you the skills to work in, and communicate effectively, across both design and business disciplines.

What's covered in this course?

You’ll learn from our team of commercially active staff, who ensure the content stays industry relevant. Alongside the opportunity to complete a six-week placement option, you will have the chance to work on commercial projects with established businesses. Previous projects have included working on a brand review with GKN, a FTSE 100 British multinational company specialising in aerospace.

Tailor the programme to suit you. The curriculum has a distinctive professional focus and embraces business management, marketing, design strategy, entrepreneurship, innovation, sustainability, design leadership and design practice.

Your focus will also include project management, intellectual property law and finance. There is also a strong emphasis on the development of evidence-based decision making, high level leadership and communication skills.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiry Team
+44 (0)121 331 5595