Product Design MSc

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Course overview

Entry requirements

  • General
    A minimum of a first or good second class UK Honours Degree in product design, engineering, or a business related subject. Graduates with at least two years relevant design work experience are particularly encouraged to apply.
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Key Dates

  • Open days
    Wednesday 26 June
  • Start date

MSc Product Design Innovation has been previously accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED)

This course enhances knowledge and understanding of the principles underlying professional product design

Opportunity to develop the innovation and entrepreneurial design skills to enable viable start-up enterprises.

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Course summary

This programme will equip you with the necessary tools to develop your own product ideas and innovations, start your own design business enterprise, or enter new product development organisations.  

Entry requirements & fees

Duration of programme: One year full-time: six months of taught modules on campus and a six month individual project.
Start date:

Intake: Up to 25 per year
Essential and/or desirable academic qualifications:

  • A minimum of a first or good second class UK Honours Degree in product design, engineering, or a business related subject.  Graduates with at least two years relevant design work experience are particularly encouraged to apply. Students without such experience may be admitted based on individual merit. 
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your future webpage.
  • References are required

UK/EU: £9,250 (2019/20 fee)
International: £17,950 (2019/20 fee)

You can find out more about our Postgraduate scholarships for international students here.  If you are a UK or EU student, please email for information on funding.

Application details: Apply for this course online

Contact us:
MSc Programmes Admissions Officer
Tel: +44 (0)121 204 3668
Fax: +44 (0)121 204 3676

Information on visas for international students

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Course outline

This MSc Product Design programme is for students with a background in design, engineering or related areas. The course and modules aim to develop and enhance your innovation skills and knowledge required to achieve successful product design development and innovation.You will develop a high level of creativity and design ideas as a part of your response to possible market opportunities. This is a key element to your learning on this programme.

The course will also enable you to develop a critical understanding of sustainable factors and its relevance and importance to all our futures.The course creates opportunities for students to originate new ideas and model or prototype design solutions that will meet perceived manufacturing, marketing and consumer needs.

Subject guide and modules

The range of modules reflects the nature of innovative design solutions plus the additional knowledge and skills required to put it into practice professionally.

Please note: The below modules are correct for 2018/19 entry. 

Core Taught Modules

  • Product Introduction Processes 
  • Research Project 
  • Design Realisation 
  • Design Studio 
  • Design for People

Optional Taught Modules

  • Strategic Management and Finance
  • Project Management
  • Management of Innovation
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Interaction Design
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Workplace Design and Health 
  • Design Innovation: Historical and international dimensions
  • CAD Principles and Materials Selection 
  • Advanced Computer Aided Design (ADVCAD)

The Major Project module is completed between April and September.

  • Major Project 
Learning, teaching & assessment

The modules in this programme are delivered with lectures, seminars and lab-based tutorials giving a good balance between scientific methodologies and hands-on practice.Creativity will underpin much of the interactive work during this course. Developed ideas can be manufactured using a variety of techniques including the use of our range of Rapid – Prototyping equipment. Modules are assessed mainly through coursework, although some modules may also have exams. 

The major project is assessed by dissertation and supporting design work.Examples of past major projects range from the development of innovative Rigging for Stunt Kite Boarding, Race Car Suspension using composite technologies with Innovative Designs to the use of Solar Energy to help cool domestic conservatories.

Professional accreditation

This programme is fully accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers leading to Chartered Engineering status (CEng).

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Facilities and equipment

Much of the teaching and learning in the Programme take place in the Design Suite or CAE facility which have the latest commercial Computer Aided Design tools (e.g. Solid works, Fluent, Ansys).Lecture rooms are equipped with modern AV/IT facilities which aid CAE teaching.

Modelmaking and Engineering Workshops are available to develop physical models and prototypes. This includes a range of specialist rapid prototyping equipment as well as dynamic testing equipment. This equipment can help in the testing of prototype ideas. Our excellent learning resources have up-to-date texts and publications with a large selection available in the library electronically.

Career prospects

Career prospects for graduates are excellent. On completion of this one year course the student should be able to confidently develop their own product ideas and innovations ‘ready for manufacture and marketing’, start their own design business enterprise, or enter new product development organisations and other creative businesses at a higher level of responsibility.

Teaching Staff

Dr Becky Mallaband
Programme Director & Lecturer in Product Design

Becky is a lecturer in Product Design and has been based at Aston University, in the Mechanical Engineering and Design department since 2015, having previously been a Research Associate and Lecturer in the Loughborough Design School. Her research and expertise are in the area of User Centred Design and much of her research has been conducted in the Domestic Energy domain. 

Elaine Mackie
Lecturer Product Design 
Elaine joined Aston’s School of Engineering and Applied Science at the beginning of 2016, having previously been a Senior Lecturer in Automotive and Transport Design within the School of Art and Design at Coventry University. Prior to that she was a Senior Designer at Atkins Rail and Vehicle Designer at Interfleet Technology (which has been part of the SNC-Lavalin Group since 2011).

Dr Philip Davies                                                                                                                                       
Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering 
Philip Davies is a member of the Sustainable Environment Research Group.  His main research activities are in developing renewable and efficient energy systems and in the treatment of water for drinking and sanitation.  Philip has held appointments at the University of Oxford, the Universidad Politécnica in Madrid, the University of Warwick, and in manufacturing and consulting companies. He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London, and DPhil from the University of Oxford.

Dr. Mark Prince 
Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering 
Mark is a former Aston graduate with experience in mechanical design and analysis.  His research interests are in ophthalmic and medical device development and he has experience in designing microsystems for biological structure interfacing, and exploiting vision technologies. Mark has expertise in 3D computer solid modelling, rapid prototyping and rapid manufacture, computer aided engineering, electronic/mechatronic design, and optical and contact microscopy and imaging techniques. 

Personal development

This is an interactive course aimed to develop your knowledge and understanding of the changes, developments and potential opportunities that face us all in a Global economy. You will create and deliver a major project and develop effective research and specification skills.  

Semester 1 modules will enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and expertise required for this level of work, as well as the opportunity to initiate the research for the major project idea.Semester 2 modules will enable you to extend your professional understanding and expertise through module coursework, individual projects and teamwork. You will also make several individual presentations and get chance to hone your interview techniques.

Contact us

Contact us: 

Tel: +44 (0)121 204 4910


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