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Integrated Product Design

Brunel University London
London, Great Britain
On campus
 2130 Points
1 Year

Program Description

Our Integrated Product Design MSc degree focuses on the design of innovative products, emphasising the balance between the interest of users, industry, society and the environment. It covers the whole design process, integrating all aspects relevant to product development - technology, management, aesthetics, sustainability, ergonomics, marketing, business and design methods - to produce highly qualified and sought after designers able to cope with the challenges the global economy presents.

You’ll have access to modern facilities that include a dedicated master’s design studio and extensive prototyping workshops. The practical knowledge you gain is transferable to industry and provides you with a comprehensive skillset for global product and services design research and development.

Our integrated product design course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and is studied full-time over one year.

We encourage you to make use of our good links with industrial colleagues and undertake an optional industrial placement as part of your dissertation project over the summer. A placement gives you the opportunity to put what you’ve learnt into practice, and to apply it to a real working environment.

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Course Content

You’ll take the taught modules in the first two terms and then move on to your dissertation. The dissertation may include a substantial practical design element, but in all cases will be assessed through a final 20,000 word submission.


Teaching and Learning

Our design master’s degrees are delivered by a passionate cross-disciplinary lecturing team, and enhanced by design and branding professionals who are part of our extensive network of industry collaborative partners.

Study will combine lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, case studies, directed reading and independent research. You’ll work on live briefs provided by our industry partners. There will also be guest lectures from design and industry experts.



Sustainable Design

This module aims to identify the key current issues for the environment and socio-economic issues related to sustainability, to develop in depth knowledge of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and its strengths and its weaknesses, to conduct a streamlined environmental review of a product in the earliest stages of the design process, to evaluate a range of different views on environmental issues and practices, and to compare and contrast case studies of sustainable design practice.

Professional Design Studio

This module aims to encourage students to form strong, educated opinions about the broader social, environmental, economic and technological role of design in society and to be able to communicate and argue their opinions confidently, and to expand and deepen students’ knowledge of the design process and the differences between its implementation in external consultancies, corporate industrial environments and global organisations.

Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing Techniques

This module aims to identify technical challenges in design modelling, communications and design integration in the context of global product design and development, to critically review IT technologies, computer aided design, evaluation and integration techniques in a range of integrated product design activities, to develop in depth knowledge in creative and virtual design theories, methods and evaluation tools, and to familiarise students with a range of different types of IT, CAD, CAE and UX/UI software enabling them to make informed evaluations of current and future systems.

Design Innovation Futures: Seminar and Workshop Programme

This module aims to establish clearly the relationship between and value of future forecasting and design strategy and innovation, to engage with the complexity of future forecasting and its’ implications for design-led management of change, and to incorporate the influence of current and future trends into recommendations from students own design and innovation research.


The dissertation allows students to research and critically evaluate well formulated specialist integrated product design research questions derived from their taught modules, key published research, seminar programme and the practical experience of the design research project. It aims for students to demonstrate an advanced use of digital design methodologies, design management and innovation, product design simulation and manufacturing technologies and conceptual tools derived from previous modules.

Design Creativity and Aesthetic Awareness

This module aims to provide students with the theoretical underpinning combined practical knowledge and skills in order to use enhanced creative skills and visual understanding as an integral part of their design practice, and at a level appropriate for the global and professional aims of the course.

Strategic Design Management and Research

This module aims to introduce students to, develop critical awareness of, and develop practical skills in strategic design management and research within the contemporary context of professional practice.

Human Factors in Design

This module aims to develop an understanding of the physical, perceptual, cognitive and emotional characteristics of humans, to use the main qualitative and analytical methods of human centred design, to illustrate the practical application of human centred design techniques by means of examples chosen from the product, system and service industries, and to develop skills in multi-disciplinary thinking and multi-disciplinary design practice.


Our graduates are employed in companies ranging from:

  • design consultancies
  • research and development departments
  • research institutions
  • government bodies

Roles include:

  • design team leader
  • design project manager
  • design researcher

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