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Product Design

MSc *

The MSc Product Design course is designed to educate students in a global context on how to approach the design of products in the rapidly changing technological, economic and social landscape.

Our primary aim is to you an advanced education that prepares you to walk into world leading global design and technology industries ready to work in a team and lead projects.

* Due to start 2015 subject to approval

Why study Product Design at Dundee?

Our philosophy is simple, we aim to educate students to:

  • make products that work socially, through deep understanding of people and society;
  • work technically, through embedding cutting-edge technology into our products; and
  • work economically, through working closely with global industries to ensure a market readiness and entrepreneurship at the highest level.

The Product Design programme at the University of Dundee has established a world-class reputation across industry, research and teaching. We have strong connections to the UK and global design economy – with tutors running successful design consultancies that operate on a global scale.  We also aim to provide students with :
  • Working knowledge in design ethnography
  • Expertise in prototyping with technology
  • Connections to academic and industry leaders in design and technology.
  • The ability to resolve social and technical needs in a designed product through self motivation and direction.
An additional aim for our overseas students is to provide them with educational and cultural experiences which are unique to the UK.

What's so good about Product Design at Dundee?

Our research has attracted a number of substantial grant awards including a £1.1m UK government award to explore new ways to connect disadvantaged communities to the digital economy; a five year industry PhD programme in self-service funded by the financial solutions company NCR; and a Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship to investigate digital navigation.

Our staff exhibit their work worldwide, with products housed in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Teaching & Assessment

This course is taught by staff in the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

The start date is September each year, and lasts for 12 months.

How you will be taught

Students will take part in project sessions (in-studio activity, lectures, seminars, field trips, workshops, tutorials) and independent study (research, design, assessment preparation).

Regular tutorials and critiques will be provided to ensure the student has understood the taught content and the method of assessment. Verbal and written feedback will be given to students as they progress through the course.

What you will study

The MSc programme is timetabled for full-time study over 12 months, or part-time over 24 months, and is made up of taught modules and studio project work, plus an opportunity for students to evaluate their skills and design ability in the context of academic or industry environments.

Semester One

  • Design Ethnography (20 credits)
  • Studio Practice 1: Public Engagement (40 credits)
Semester Two
  • Social Technology (20 credits)
  • Studio Practice 2: Independent Project (40 credits)
Semester Three
  • Embedded Designer (60 credits)

How you will be assessed

At all times students will be responsible for driving their learning forward by maintaining effective interaction with tutors, peers and others. Students will also be required to prepare work for presentations both for formal assessments and day-to-day work.

There are no formal examinations associated with the course. Assessment is based on reports, drawings, artefacts and presentations produced during the course.


We expect our students to enter employment in design consultancies and global industries (e.g. NCR, Nokia and Microsoft); we also envision that a significant number will progress to PhD level.

Entry Requirements

EU and International students visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country.

Applicants are normally expected to have an honours BSc degree at 2:2 level of above, in a relevant product design discipline. You will also need to have a portfolio of work versed in design practice from either university or industry.

The portfolio should be 3D based with design/technology work displayed in a electronic portfolio (pdf or website). Applicants should attempt to limit the portfolio to 15 pieces of work. Sketches, freehand drawing, modelling, any design work, and relevant work/ industry experience examples etc may form part of the submitted work.

IELTS of 6.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.

English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes and Foundation Programme(s) which are designed to prepare you for university study, the 24 week and 10 week programmes provide additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS respectively. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer. The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 to 1.5 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.

Fees and Funding

Academic Year Home/EU Overseas
2014-15 £3,800 £13,500

Sources of Funding

Information about the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design scholarships can be found on the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design scholarships webpage.

Other sources of funding for postgraduate students can be found on our Scholarships webpage.

SAAS tuition fee loans are available for this course for students who meet the eligibility criteria. Visit our SAAS tuition fee loan webpage for more information and links.

Living Costs

  • Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, and the cost of living is around 15% cheaper than the UK average.
  • Increasing numbers of students are successfully undertaking part-time work to supplement their income. You can get advice from our Careers Service, both about job opportunities and how to find a suitable study/work/life balance. EU and international students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
  • As a student in Scotland, you have free access to the National Health Service. Visits to doctors and hospitals, as well as prescriptions, sight tests and dental checkups, are available free of charge.

Your Application

How to Apply

This course is subject to approval and not yet open to applications. Please register your interest and we will let you know when applications open.

Course Director

Jon Rogers
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
University of Dundee
Perth Road

Telephone: 01382 388 871 (from the UK)
Telephone: +44 1382 388 871 (from outside the UK)


Admissions Contact

Postgraduate Admissions
Admissions and Student Recruitment
University of Dundee

Telephone: 01382 384 384 (from the UK)
Telephone: +44 1382 384 384 (from outside the UK)

Fax: 01382 385 500 (from the UK)
Fax: +44 1382 385 500 (from outside the UK)