University of Dundee

Design for Business MSc

University of Dundee
In Dundee

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Typology Master
Location Dundee (Scotland)
Duration 3 Semesters
Start September
  • Master
  • Dundee (Scotland)
  • Duration:
    3 Semesters
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Design has a transformative effect on the world around us. This impact cuts across culture, business, the environment and the economy. The MSc Design for Business will give you an understanding of this impact and how you can shape it.

Learn to be an influential team player and develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills.
Blend of theory and practice see whole systems and approach design strategically.
Learn to exploit opportunities such as the circular economy model in the creative industries.
Get to grips with design thinking and see how it's used in business marketing, systems thinking in finance and sustainability.
Use frameworks for understanding the complexity of organisations.
Get new perspectives on strategy, innovation and design thinking.
Use design research methods to help understand and empathise with users.

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Fulton Building, DD1 4HN


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To take into account

· Who is it intended for?

Graduates could go on to successful careers within professional design and/or management organisations, business enterprises, leadership and management roles in the private, public and voluntary sector, or further their academic study.

· Requirements

Honours Degree at 2.1 or above in an Arts, Humanities, Social Science, or Management related discipline. Applicants with other qualifications or relevant professional experience will also be considered.

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What you'll learn on the course

Design and Management
Leadership and Culture
Insights to Innovation
Business Enterprise

Course programme

Semester 1

Semester 1 will cover core skills for people, design and management and modules will be delivered in three 4 week blocks, consisting of the following:

  • DJ51032 - Accelerator
  • DJ51038 - Leadership and Culture
  • DJ52010 - Prototyping: Insights to Innovation
Semester 2

Semester 2 enables students to further develop and evaluate their skills the context of business theory and industry projects. The following modules will be taught in the conventional pattern of delivery over 12-weeks:

  • DJ51036 - Changing Populations
  • DJ52040 - Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
Semester 3

Semester 3 provides students with the studio environment or the chance to gain a placement with a professional business/organisation to undertake a major project in an area of professional interest chosen by them. Students will demonstrate their ability to realise a project to Masters Level either within their studio practice or placement. To help kick-start their projects, the module will be frontloaded with group activities closely aligned to Design for Business service and events at V&A Museum of Design Dundee. Students will have the option to choose one of the two modules below.

  • DJ52031 - Studio Practice: Independent project
  • DJ53014 - Master's Placement
How you will be taught

The course comprises:

  • Project Briefs
  • Workshops
  • Design Sprints
  • Lectures
  • Invited Speakers Programme
  • Placement (optional and if appropriate to the student’s learning journey; maximum of 12 weeks).

You will also be encouraged to engage with Design Festivals (e.g. London Design Festival, Dundee Design Festival), business enterprise opportunities and competitions, and entrepreneurship masterclasses.

How you will be assessed
  • Assessment will be through the completion of coursework produced for each module
  • Coursework may include practical work, placement, written assignments and oral presentations

Additional information

Overseas students (non-EU) Fee - £17,275 per year of study

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