Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant field, such as: Industrial Design, Product Design, or a related programme.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

Commencing in 2016, the MDes in Transdisciplinary Design is for graduates or professionals with design or engineering backgrounds, who want to broaden and deepen their design and design research thinking. It is taught in Suzhou, near Shanghai, which enables you to appreciate and practice cross-cultural approaches towards design and product, service, and systems development. We are offering you a solid preparation for careers such as design practitioners, design managers, as well as for further studies in design-related PhD programmes. Options are available for part-time study for working professionals.

Following this programme, you will develop individual specialism skills, while maintaining a generalist, transdisciplinary outlook towards design. During the first semester of this programme you will advance your competencies in design research methods, transdisciplinary design tools, innovation processes, and design visualisation & communication. In the following two semesters you will be supervised by academic staff to develop and carry out your own design research project.
You are encouraged to take advantage of the transdisciplinary nature of this programme (industrial, product, fashion, visual communication, environmental, interaction etc.). The development and evaluation of new investigative methods and approaches is emphasized. Projects can have an academic emphasis to prepare for doctoral study, or can be based on a more applied, industry-focused agenda.

Fees and funding

UK students
RMB 90,000
International students
RMB 90,000


XJTLU offers a generous merit-based entry scholarship of 50% of total tuition fee.

Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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