2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (eg, a GPA of 3.0 or above) in Business and Management, Design, or a related. Consideration may be given to graduates with design experience. Those who do not have such a background who would like to pursue further studies in the area of Management are advised to apply for MSc Management.
Months of entry
This programme has been designed in association with the Glasgow School of Art and will develop your creativity, flexibility, adaptive capacity and your ability to work in complex teams across disciplines.
- The programme will expand the conventional understanding and application of design thinking and management as tools for driving social, technological and economic innovation.
- By engaging a wide range of expertise, it is possible to tackle complex problems, and view issues from a variety of angles, considering the economic, socio-cultural and behavioural factors that play into successful innovation.
This programme will equip you to initiate, manage and deliver innovations in a collaborative and user-led manner, with due consideration of the international dimension. You will also be able to facilitate the appliance of management, leadership and creativity within the context of design projects identified through research and resolved through the design process.
You will take eight core courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work in the form of a project or dissertation.
You will take interactive lectures, seminars, project work and classes in Study Skills. Students will also undertake practical, intellectual and transferable skills which are developed through a range of group and individual activities within and outside the classroom.
You will attend the learning environment at the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) to undertake practical design workshops and studio sessions, where ideas from lectures and seminars may be tested out, or new concepts explored. There is an emphasis upon divergent thinking, risk-taking, developing reasoning and creative expression.
You will engage in critiques, which is an important learning device used to generate peer/academic debate regarding the overall success of concepts, and their practical realisation within the context of a project brief or proposal.
Optional courses may include
- Business finance
- Contemporary issues in human resources
- Contextual practices (GSA)
- Collaborative practices (GSA)
- Managing strategic change
- Marketing management
- Operations management
- Service design: User-led service innovation (GSA).
Graduates could go on to successful careers within professional design/management consultancies, business enterprises, management roles in the private and public sector, or further their academic study.
Information for international students
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- two sub-tests no less than 6.5, no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 20
- Listening: 19
- Speaking: 19
- Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Stuart Davis