MDes in Design Thinking Cranfield University
Innovative companies today (large or small) strive for excellence to create the next breakthrough innovation - whether that be to advance technology, stay competitive in the market place, or to provide positive change for a more sustainable future. To achieve this, companies need to maintain their competitive edge, employing talented professionals with creative ideas and vision, coupled with the skills to pioneer with confidence. We believe that Design Thinking is a powerful process that when mastered will empower our professional learners to unlock their creative potential to generate novel ideas and to translate these ideas into tangible and impactful outputs for innovation.
This course has been carefully designed to advance your knowledge of Design Thinking and you will benefit from working alongside leading academics with confidence to generate convincing ideas in Cranfield’s world-class facilities. Cranfield’s strong industrial links provides you with the opportunity to apply Design Thinking in practice with a company, to improve your opportunity of job success, enhancing your professional skills and innovation design portfolio, and provide you with the ‘know how’ to develop your long-term career as a creative professional working towards a more sustainable future.
The Design Thinking MDes is made up of three components: a formal taught component comprising five modules 40%, Group projects 20%, Individual project 40%.
The MDes comprises of five assessed modules providing students with insight and skills in creative leadership, strategic design management, design thinking and innovation strategy, technology and prototyping and circular innovation.
- User Centred Design
- Design, Technology, and Prototyping
- Whole System Design
- Creative Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
- Project Management Introduction
The individual thesis project offers you the opportunity to develop your research capability, depth of understanding and ability to provide world-class solutions to real problems in design strategy and leadership.
The group project experience is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. You will work in teams to solve an industrial problem. The project applies technical knowledge and provides training in teamwork and the opportunity to develop non-technical aspects of the taught programme. If you study part-time you can prepare a dissertation on an agreed topic in place of the group project.
Successful students have turned their dreams into a reality developing diverse and rewarding careers in product, manufacturing and service industries in the private sector, public sector organisations such as environmental protection agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and design, environmental and business consultancies.