You can take this course on a full-time or part-time basis.
One year full-time
Two or three years part-time
Full-time students can also choose to undertake an industry work placement of 40 weeks.
During this course units are taught intensively, usually over 4.5 days, with assessment normally taking place 5-6 weeks after the delivery of the unit.
You will gain knowledge and understanding of the methods and techniques of planning and design of development projects and their application. You will also develop knowledge and understanding of human factors with regards to such projects.
You will gain a deep knowledge of the methods and processes of technology transfer; and be able to evaluate the benefits and failings of such transfers. You will learn to source knowledge and use its added value to the business. You will be able to choose the level of knowledge required, and evaluate its cost to the business, long term benefits, and general business sense.
You will develop a critical understanding of modern design management, the design process, product development, project planning, the integration of total quality and decision making analysis.
Competitive Product Development
You will develop a critical understanding of the business issues related to competitive product development on a domestic and on a global scale. You will gain an understanding of marketing and appropriate knowledge of modern tools and processes required for competitive product design and manufacture.
Business Innovation & Enterprise
You will learn how to identify and exploit a company’s strengths. You will evaluate external opportunities that exist, together with conceiving strategies to overcome internal weaknesses and the threats that might be imposed by the industry environment.
You will develop key research skills in areas such as literature reviews, critical analysis of research findings, project proposals, planning, experiment design and analysis, and dissemination. This unit will adequately prepare you for writing a project proposal and for conducting and disseminating the Masters project.
Individual Masters Project
The individual project is designed to help you develop knowledge of the methodologies and techniques of research in your subject area. You will critically investigate, report and engage with complex issues. You will present an analytically rigorous and well argued case and gain problem solving skills by applying your knowledge across the discipline area. Finally, you will present a reflective, integrated discussion of the conclusion of the research, development and practice activity and its implications for the future. Projects that are worth 120 credits must be linked to an industrial research project.