Taught course

Design Innovation

De Montfort University · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

You should have the equivalent of a 2:2 or above UK bachelor's honours degree in a design subject relevant to your proposed pathway or major project area. You must supply evidence of design work relevant to your proposed pathway or major project area in the form of a digital/portfolio as well as an example of written work in English. If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential.

Months of entry


Course content

The Design Innovation MA/MSc provides a framework for developing innovative design products in all areas of design, with a strategic understanding of marketing and business strategy. It enables you to enter the creative industries at a high level of responsibility, ranging from establishing your own business to working in multinational corporations.

You will complete an individual major project (either creative practice-based or research-focused) which runs throughout the course, supported by relevant taught modules. You will also be supported by specialist academic expertise across a range of design areas.

Full-time students will have 12 hours of contact time through lectures and seminars per week, as well as optional tutorials for each module and pathway group. Where required, CAD classes and workshop inductions are also available.

You will benefit from visiting lecturers who specialise in exhibition design, museum curation, retail design, sustainable design, business planning and creative digital design. At the same time, a range of industry, museum, charity, and arts organisation representatives regularly present and coordinate live projects.

Graduates from the course have launched their own design businesses and consultancies, moved into dynamic careers such as a creative designer or taken on senior roles in design strategy or brand management.

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 currently offer the Vice-Chancellor's 2020 Scholarship for 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.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months

Course contact details

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