Please note that this programme is currently being reviewed.

The MA Design Management programme is an ideal course for those looking to develop and enhance their careers through an excellent understanding of the value of design and innovation. You will learn how to harness the power of creativity within business and how this can be used as a strategic tool.

Key facts

  • Prepare to take on managerial roles supported by your understanding of how to harness the power of design within a corporate context
  • Engage with industrial multidisciplinary projects based on real life situations
  • Applicants with substantial relevant experience alone will be considered on individual merit
  • Also available at our Newcastle Campus
  • Upon graduating, opt to join one of a Professional Pathways programme, to further build your skills and employability with one of the UK’s leading corporate training providers, QA
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Course information

Level of study: Postgraduate
Fee: £8,000 (UK/EU) £13,500 (International)
Entry requirements: Minimum 2:2 (second class) honours degree from a UK university or its equivalent. Professional qualifications that are equivalent to an honours degree may also be acceptable.
English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 with no component less than 5.5
Mode of study: Full-time classroom
Duration: 1 year
Assessment methods: Coursework and exams
Scholarship or bursaries: Available
Student finance: Available
Payment plan: Available
Starts: September
Next application deadline: 18 September 2017
About this course

What will I study?

The MA Design Management is an ideal course for designers who want to develop their career by taking on a more strategic, managerial role. It will also appeal to business graduates or managers from other sectors, who want to advance their careers by developing a greater understanding of how design can contribute to leadership, sustainability and social innovation within a business.

You will study 6 modules that work together to give you a holistic view of design strategies and ways to successfully manage the complete design process. Areas that you will cover include: Creative Thinking, NSF Intellectual Property, Intercultural Communication, Research Principles, Reflective Practice, Contemporary Influences and Commercialisation.

These highly contextual modules provide the perfect foundation for you to understand the field of Design Management, find your personal direction and provide a stepping stone to your future career.

How will I be taught and assessed?

As a MA Design Management student you will engage with industrial multidisciplinary projects based on real life situations.

Careers and further study

Upon graduation, you will be qualified to take on managerial roles supported by your understanding of how to harness the power of design within a corporate context.

Upon successfully completing your course, you may undertake further professional development and training through Professional Pathways programmes. These are offered to our graduates for free, from our partner, QA. Find out more about Professional Pathways and your eligibility.

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Applicants should have the following:

Academic requirements

  • Minimum 2:2 (second class) honours degree from a UK university or its equivalent.

Applicants will normally be expected to have a good honours degree. This does not have to be in design but, applicants should have experience in a relevant industry or be able to demonstrate a link between their current job/experience and design. This refers to design in the broadest sense so can include organisational design, systems design and service design as well as more traditional design disciplines such as product, fashion and graphics.

If you don’t meet the academic requirements

Mature applicants with a lower qualification and at least 3 years of appropriate professional experience may be accepted.

If you have substantial relevant experience alone, your application will be considered on its individual merit.

English language requirements

Students require IELTS 6.5 (or above) with no single element below 5.5 or equivalent.

If you have IELTS 5.5 – 6.0, you may be eligible to join our Pre-Sessional English before starting this programme.

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All modules on this course are core.

MA Design Project by Learning Contract (60 credits)
Design Thinking (30 credits)
Design Process (30 credits)
Design Management 1 (30 credits)
Design Management 2 (30 credits)
ESAP in FADSS Level 7 (0 credits)

Please note that this programme is currently being reviewed.

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Tuition fee 2017/18

  • UK/EU students: £8,000
  • International students: £13,500

Scholarships and bursaries for international students

Depending on the country you are from, you may be eligible for a country bursary and/or scholarship when studying this Masters programme.

All of our scholarships and bursaries are automatically applied when we process your application and one of our team will be able to confirm your eligibility.

Scholarships and bursaries

Payment plans for self-funded students

If you need support to spread the cost of your tuition, you may be eligible for our payment plan.

Payment plans

Government Loan for Masters study

For the Academic Year 2017/18, the Government will be providing a Postgraduate Loan (PGL) up to the value of £10,280 for UK and EU students. If you enter either full-time or part-time postgraduate study after the 1 August 2016, you could be eligible to receive this funding.

Postgraduate Loan

How to find out more

Enquire now to find out more information about the course, studying with us, the application process, and to ask any other questions you may have.

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How to apply

Once you’re ready to apply, you can apply online to study the MA Design Management programme. This method allows you to upload your supporting documents at the time of application and automatically receive your student application number.

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We strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow you to complete all of the preparations needed to study your programme. After receiving an offer it can take time to arrange your finances and apply for your visa (if required) and it is important that you arrive in good time to enrol onto your course. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.

If you are unable to apply online, then you can download a PDF application form and email it to london.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk.

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Supporting documents

For us to assess your application in a timely manner, it is important that you provide us with the following documents:

  • Fully completed application form
  • Personal email address must be included on the application form
  • Transcripts and/or certificates (including a certified translation if not in English)
  • Passport – copy of personal details page
  • Proof of financial sponsorship if applicable
  • Reference
  • Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable

You can check more information on how to apply here, including guidelines for the application forms.

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