Taught course

Product Design

De Montfort University · Product and Spatial Design

Entry requirements

You should have the equivalent of a 2:2 UK bachelor's Honours degree in product design or a related 3D design subject. If you have other professional qualifications and industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis. Evidence of design work in a digital/portfolio of work is also required. If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The Product Design MA will allow you to gain new insights within the field of product design, and to develop an enhanced understanding of design practice, design and research methodologies, as well as the application of emerging digital technologies, knowledge of business, global markets and sustainability.

You will benefit from an internationally acknowledged subject area, recognised for its undergraduate and postgraduate successes its design and research activities, which are all supported by expert academics and design practitioners to broaden and deepen your understanding of design. You will also study a variety of core and elective module choices, creating a personal and distinct programme of study that is focused on your individual interests and ambitions. These studies culminate in the final term where you will undertake a comprehensive design project within your own specialised area of product design.

Full-time study entails a student commitment of about 40 hours per week over 48 weeks of the year. Typical contact time will be 19 hours per week. Modules in the first two terms are taught through seminars, lectures, team working and design workshops, with modules in term three being supported by tutorial guidance. You will undertake independent research, analysis, design development and produce written reports of your work.

Assessment methods include report submissions, individual/group oral and design-based presentations as well as a major design project submission comprising development, technical specification, prototyping and testing elements.

The School of Design's close-knit community of postgraduate students and staff creates a supportive learning environment for design students from around the world. All postgraduate module teaching staff are involved in research and commercial activities that inform the curriculum. Within the product design subject area, staff maintain the currency of their module and design project teaching through involvement in consultancy, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP schemes) and noteworthy research activities. Product Design MA's teaching staff have particular expertise encompassing additive manufacture, new product development, inclusive design plus publications related to material and manufacturing technology and innovation.

We have excellent CAD and workshop facilities, all of which are supported by specialist technicians, including soft modelling, wood, plastics, metal fabrication, metal machining and finishing. The workshops house four computer numerically controlled (CNC) milling machines, a CNC lathe, two laser cutters, a vinyl cutter and three rapid prototyping machines (RP) with a 3D paper printer and CNC water jet cutter.

Within the School of Design there are also 60 Wacom drawing tablets, that allow you to sketch directly into the screens, linked to high specification Intel Core2 Duo computer workstations. These facilities make it possible for you to access the best industry standard vector based and three dimensional modelling packages available.

Information for international students

Some international students may be eligible for a scholarship and/or an early payment discount of up to £500. For more information, visit dmu.ac.uk/international.

Fees and funding

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship

Offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information, please visit dmu.ac.uk/pgfunding.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship

Available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit dmu.ac.uk/sports

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

De Montfort University
+44 (0)116 2 50 60 70