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Full time | Cranfield Campus | 1 year | OCT-23

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MDes - Master of Design

Subject areas

Design (Non-Industrial) Engineering Design

Course type


Course Summary

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 society. To achieve this, companies need to maintain their competitive edge, employing talented professionals with ideas and vision, coupled with the skills to innovate 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, working with confidence to generate convincing ideas, provide you with the opportunity to apply Design Thinking in practice with a company, improve your opportunity of job success, through the building of your professional skills and innovation design portfolio, and provide you with the ‘know how’ to develop your long term career as a creative professional.

Who is it for?

The course is designed for (but not exclusive to) creative professionals with an aspiration to use Design Thinking to advance their career. It aims to develop creative design literate engineers, scientists and management postgraduates providing tools and techniques to visualise complex data flows and strategic communication processes. It is suitable for graduates from a variety of disciplines.

Your career

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.


The MDes of this course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers.

Students can also exit with PGDip and PGCert awards.


This module introduces you to new methods of observing and analysing tangible and intangible elements of behaviour, expectations, and associations of users and/or consumer groups. It intends to provide an insight into how developing a deep understanding of user attitudes and behaviour enables organisations to connect to what is ultimately important to consumers and importantly can help them to design innovative and strategic solutions that are appropriate for user/consumer use.

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Entry requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.

Department profile

School of Water, Energy and Environment Water Communities around the world face a range of threats to the sustainability and resilience of the water systems which support their lives and livelihoods. Cranfield graduates are at the forefront of developing innovative solutions to problems caused by pollution, climate change, urbanisation, the effects of poverty, and the need to deliver net zero water services and transition to a circular...more

University information

Cranfield University is an exclusive postgraduate university with a main campus in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, and a second site in Shrivenham, Oxfordshire. The university specialises in science, engineering, technology and management, exploring how they work together to benefit the world. Cranfield’s world-class postgraduate courses and unrivalled facilities attract talented and hard working students from around the world. The university...more