Design & Innovation

ATU - Galway Campuses

Design & Innovation

Master of Science in Design and Innovation - Level 9
Innovate in products, services and processes. Two-year, part-time programme.

Do you want to upskill in the area of Design and Innovation while working?
This is an exciting new Masters programme designed for people from varied backgrounds who want to develop their innovation, design, management and leadership skills.

It was developed by a cross-disciplinary team in GMIT, using expertise from Engineering, Design and Creative Arts, and Business led by the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

The Masters is delivered using a blended learning approach and is 100% project-based, with no exams.

Expertise developed through the programme will enhance your career in a variety of industries ranging from technology and agri-food to design, medtech, manufacturing, the service industry and the public sector.

Why should I do this Masters?
• Upskill for leadership roles in design and innovation
• Enhance your organisation's capacity to innovate in products, services and processes
• Future-proof your career and your organisation
• Suitable for Industry, Services and Public Bodies
• Inspired by the Stanford d. School's Design Thinking philosophy
• Meets national and international needs

What to expect:
The course has been designed for people in full or part-time employment.

It will run online on Saturday mornings, every second week. There will also be an hour-long online lecture, two evenings per week.

In addition, there will be two onsite Saturday mornings each semester.

Learning Approach:
• "Learning by doing"
• Team-Based Learning and Flexible Learning
• Assessment is 100% Project based
• Online self-directed learning

Subjects taught

Year 1
Applied Design Thinking Principles and Processes
10 credits

Product and Service Processes
10 credits

Research Methods for Design and Innovation
10 credits

Design Innovation Project
30 credits

*Exit Award option available

Year 2
Dissertation in Design and Innovation
30 credits

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
• H 2.2 Level 8 degree in Engineering, Design, Science, Business, Computer Science or related disciplines
• Candidates with experience in the area will be considered for entry using RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning).

Application dates

Applications opening date: February 17th, 2022
Application closing date: 27th May 2022.

How to Apply
Applicants should apply online and must provide the following:
1. A CV (max three pages) detailing their qualifications & career to date.
2. A personal motivational statement, which should include an outline of their plans and interests related to a career in Design and Innovation.

Please note:
Applicant must have at least three years' relevant experience in industry or service sectors.

The programme will proceed pending relevant public health directives and sufficient numbers.


2 Years
Mode of Study: Part Time
Method of Delivery: Blended

Post Course Info

Job Opportunities
National and Regional reports, such as the "National Planning Framework: Project Ireland 2040", have stressed the importance of innovation and creativity for the future needs of the West of Ireland.

Graduates of this Masters can expect opportunities in the following areas:
• Leadership Roles in Design and Innovation
• New Product or Service Introduction Management
• Product/Service/Process Management
• Project Management in Product and Service sectors
• Strategic Marketing and Market Research
• Innovation Management
• Research & Development Management

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Blended

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