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  • Qualification

    MDes - Master of Design

  • Location

    University of Salford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

This course prioritises creativity and design thinking as an essential part of responding to a wide range of practice-based challenges. It is aimed both at those from creative and non-creative backgrounds, and those who wish to work alongside creatives in a challenge-based environment, and become key influencers.

The opportunities presented by fast-moving technologies, emerging engineering/production techniques, and the demands of a complex global society require designers/experts that are able to work with credibility and imagination, and on equal terms, alongside social, business, commercial and industrial professionals. This course will extend your intellectual appreciation of the role of the designer, challenge you to explore changing ethical and professional considerations, extend your capability to conceive, make, and deliver original design-led responses, and build a method of working across boundaries of traditional disciplines in a culture of shared and collaborative working.

Working as a collaborative group will mirror the models that forward-thinking organisations and employers will seek to establish in the coming period of rapid social change.

You will:

  • Experience an intensive programme of real world challenges
  • Develop a method of generating rich, original, and credible solutions
  • Work collaboratively across different sectors


You will be assessed throughout the course on:

Knowledge and application of Design Thinking methodology
Research, framing, recording and presenting evidence of project process and development
Project outputs presented as complete responses to set challenges
Capacity to work collaboratively with others, across disciplines and sector boundaries
Professional-standard of presentations made around practical and intellectual questions of the evolving nature of design, design collaborations, and ethical consideration
Client/subject expert feedback on practical projects.


The course will include:

  • formal lectures / seminar presentations
  • practical production workshops
  • critical analysis and independent learning.
  • assessed work focusing on real world challenges across subject boundaries
  • a final module which provides an opportunity to work with an industry partner to show how design leadership can respond to a real sector challenge, in both a practical and a strategic sense.


Forward-looking organisations already understand that in order to fully exploit the potential of connected technology and rapid production techniques, designers need to be involved with projects from the outset, not as a later ‘supplement’. The course will seek to generate project challenges across all taught modules from key sectors that will shape the future nature of things, processes, and experiences.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 14,670per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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University of Salford

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  • Campus address

    University of Salford, The Crescent, Salford, Manchester, M5 4WT, England

The University of Salford is a global institution, with over 3,000 international students from 150 countries studying at its historic campus near Manchester.
Salford is part of Greater Manchester: a friendly, diverse, affordable city region in the UK with many placement, internship and part-time work opportunities.
The University of Salford has awarded many scholarships over the last five years to support high-achieving international students from around the world.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    47th out of 86 2

    81st out of 123 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    135 60%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    57 57%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.36 87%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 209
    114 52%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    64 64%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.83 77%



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