• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Art & Design
  • Study Mode: Full Time

MSc Product Design

  • Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Study Abroad: No
  • Study mode: Full Time
  • UCAS: P045327
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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

The programme has established a world-class reputation across industry, research and teaching. We have strong connections to the UK and global design economy and our tutors are collaborating on research and industrial projects with global design consultancies. 

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The programme will provide you with:

  • an ideal launch pad for entering the fast moving and exciting world of creative technology
  • an ability to make highly resolved product prototypes that explore and harness socially relevant design responses, thereby challenging the way people and society interact with creative technologies
  • an ability to interact and co-create with others, enabling you to become leaders in helping industry and society navigate the incredible opportunities and challenges that lie in our imminent futures
  • the tools and techniques for embedding cutting-edge technology into products
  • an internationally leading educational environment building on research and industry relationships, so ensuring a market readiness and entrepreneurship at the highest level
  • new perspectives and frameworks on problem-finding/solving, prototyping, design thinking and making, drawing upon an integral theoretical approach
  • the professional expertise and experience to work in cross-disciplinary teams to address contemporary real world issues 


Our Approach

We work with you to develop design responses where digital technologies are changing the way we live our lives.

We are exploring big data and the relationship between products, the internet and the cloud.

We work with creative technologies through playful thinking and making.

I loved how Product Design was part of the greater art school. All the facilities were open to me – it didn’t matter what discipline I needed to work in. If I needed to polish metal in the jewellery work room or screen print a design, it was all at my disposal. I definitely took that for granted. Every time I want to do something now I get a quote back with a huge string of zeros attached. I absolutely loved living in Dundee. It’s just a big village. Every time you walked across campus, you’d bump into someone you knew. It has that strong community feeling.

Navid Gornall
Creative Technologist, at agency Ogilvy & Mather

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

Key to the philosophy of the MSc Product Design programme is a research driven and interdisciplinary approach to learning and teaching. This means that students are taught modules in both design and technology. Where possible, students will also collaborate with internal research scholars and groups, as well as external organisations and practitioners. Developing the research potential and impact of our postgraduate students is integral to our vision for research. As such, guidance is given for those who wish to continue to MPhil and PhD.

Teaching will be delivered through lectures, workshops, practical work and e-learning materials. Typically, teaching will happen in the studio, where staff and students will work together on specific issues and problems, and where students will be held responsible to drive their learning through effective interaction with tutors, peers and others. However, academic support and guidance will be provided through regular group tutorials and individual drop-in appointments.

Product Design is a 12 months full-time programme and can be studied over 24 months part-time on negotiation.  The part-time option is available to Home/EU students only. You would have to discuss with your programme lead how this would be managed.

How you will be assessed

There are no examinations associated with this programme. Assessment comes from the completion of coursework produced during each module. This may include practical work, written assignments and oral presentations. 


DJ51032 - Accelerator

Semester 1: 20 credits

This module aims to accelerate students’ learning around the core values of the Design for Business programme enabling them to fast-track a collaborative and interdisciplinary community that will build a shared platform for understanding their learning journey through the programme.

DJ51036 - Changing Populations

Semester 2: 20 credits

In this module, students will learn about people’s lives, their changing capabilities and experiences in the context of design. Students will also be introduced to different design research methods to help understand and empathise with the people for whom they are designing.

Semester 1: 20 credits

In this module students will gather new theoretical and practical understanding of what it means to be a creative technologist.

Through learning how to tell stories about and with technology, students will gain a deep understanding of how open hardware and software platforms can be used as prototyping tools within socially motivated design projects. This will most likely include open hardware platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Electric Imp.

The module will also be closely aligned to the new Make Space facility at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.

DJ52010 - Prototyping: Insights to Innovation

Semester 1: 20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the “conventional” and “unconventional” use of prototypes and methods of prototyping in academic and commercial practices and to be able to differentiate the two in problem finding/solving situations.

DJ52031 - Studio Practice: Independent project

Semester 3: 60 credits

Students will demonstrate their ability to self-manage their own learning and to design and develop a highly resolved design that explores and harnesses socially relevant and meaningful responses. This module will help students to position themselves for a professional career in design and management within contemporary industry sectors.

In this module, students work as a team to deliver a significant research project, responding to a brief aligning with a current DJCAD research project. Students explore the role of design as a research tool at various stages of the design process, from probes for insight gathering, to experience prototyping to refine ideas, and finally refined research products to create and explore new experiences.

Graduates from Product Design have gone on to have successful careers in fields such as:

  • creative industries
  • consumer product design
  • medical products
  • engineering design
  • design management
  • independent design consultancies in the UK and abroad

The Product Design Research Group has a successful track record of research funding and also includes collaborations with NASA, Deutsche Telekom, Mozilla, Microsoft, Met Office and the V&A Museum. Over the course of the last few years, the group has investigated a variety of research topics, including, for example:

  • Investigating the impact of digital technologies and big data analytics on creative processes.
  • Using community hackathons to support grassroots development of civic technologies.
  • Invigorating small business using Internet of Things (IoT) and digital technology.
  • Investigate how co-design and wearable technologies can improve the mobility and wellbeing of residents in care homes.
  • Exploring notions of openness and trust in IoT through an extensive network of collaborations, events and design interventions.

The course topics and skills taught are extremely relevant and in many ways ahead of the general industry practice and understanding. Even 3 years into my career I still find myself quoting MSc Product Design projects, briefs and techniques learned in reference to current commercial projects.

Jack Chalkley
Head Creative Technologist at the Knit agency in London

Academic Entry requirements - Honours degree at 2.1 or above in a creative or technical discipline (e.g. product design, industrial design, textile design, jewellery design, engineering, architecture, computer science etc.), although applicants with other qualifications or relevant professional experience will also be considered.

Written work - Please provide a short (500 word) story about you and your interest in Product Design. Make it as personal as you want or use your imagination! We want to see how you write about the world.

You will need to upload a portfolio of design/technology work. We consider all creative work in the context of design and portfolios will almost always include some (but not necessarily all) of the following:

  • contextual research,
  • visual mapping techniques,
  • sketching,
  • drawing,
  • CAD rendering,
  • model making,
  • physical/digital prototypes,
  • finished artefacts and any other design related work.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £7,300 per year of study
Rest of UK students £7,300 per year of study
International students (non-EU) £17,275 per year of study
Fee statusFees for students starting 2020-21
Scottish and EU students £7,650 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Rest of UK students £7,650 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
International students (non-EU) £18,150 per year of study
See our scholarships for International applicants

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students will increase by no more than 5% per year for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

You apply for this course through our Direct Application System, which is free of charge. You can find out more information about making your application when you click Apply Now below

  Degree Course Code
Apply nowProduct Design MScP045327

Course Contact

Mr Fraser Bruce
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
+44 (0)1382 388101