Taught course

Product Design

Manchester Metropolitan University · School of Engineering

Entry requirements

At least a second class Honours degree in an engineering or product design related discipline is usually required. EU/international equivalents or equivalent usually professional qualifications, or unclassified degrees in engineering or product design with relevant professional experience are also accepted. Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on merit.

Months of entry


Course content


This course is an innovative collaboration between Manchester School of Art, the University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, and Business School. It brings together students from creative and manufacturing backgrounds to study on projects that challenge and develop personal philosophies within product design, and explore the creative use of materials and processes from hand making to digital production. In support of the project work, students develop advanced skills in contemporary digital design and manufacturing, embracing the opportunities they offer product designers.

Finally, students contextualise their design ambitions within a business unit that develops project planning and management skills, raises understanding of markets and marketing opportunities, and highlights financial factors that impact on product design and production within commercial environments.

Core units

Year 1

The MA and MSc Product Design pathways are made up of five units totalling 180 credits

Core units:

  • Contextualising Design Practice
  • CUTE Values for Product Design
  • Final Major Project Period
  • Material and Emotional Values for Product Design

Option units:

  • Commercial Aspects of Design
  • Contested Territories
  • Digital Futures
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Images and Archives
  • Making Our Futures - Ecological Arts and Sustainable Design
  • Negotiated Study
  • Object and Context
  • SciArt
  • The Museum and the City - The City as a Museum
  • Writing Research and Funding Proposals

Year 2

The MFA Product Design continues with the following two units totalling 120 credits

Core units:

  • MFA - Practice 3: Contextualising
  • MFA - Practice 4: Realisation and Publication

Assessment is through the submission of physical project work, supported by individual presentations and written submissions.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
For further information please see: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/
International students
For further information please see: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/

Please check the latest Postgraduate prospectus for information on the tuition fees for each course. For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 161 247 6969