Course details

  • Year of entry 2023
  • Duration 1 YR (FT) 2 YRS (PT)
  • Location Wrexham
Engineering design software

Course Highlights


and enterprise through innovation.


strategic innovation and use design-driven techniques.

Hands on

practical modules.

Why choose this course?

MSc Innovative Design focuses on filling the gap between technology and innovation by applying strategic user-centred design. You will practically explore human-centred design by implementing the design thinking process.

This practice will be supported by several tools and strategies, including creative thinking, lean design thinking, system thinking, problem-solving, error prevention, prototyping techniques, testing and validation.

Amid the fast development of technology, product innovation can’t be achieved without a deep understanding of user needs and problems to provide user-centred solutions. The strategic aspect of the design brings technology, business, and user needs together to produce innovative solutions.

You will explore strategic innovation and use design-driven techniques to turn technology into successful user-centred products and services. Strategic design involves business aspects, including measuring the value of design, defining the value proposition through the business model canvas, benchmarking, and other tools. The MSc Innovative Design extends the user-centric applications toward immersive technologies, rapid prototyping, laser cutting and 3D printing.

Key course features

  • Open door policy to meet with tutors
  • Additional support provided through workshops
  • Hands on practical modules to develop your skills and experience
  • Collaborate and enterprise through innovation


What you will study



Semester 1

  • Design Thinking and Strategic Innovation (Core)
  • CAD & Digital Production (Core)

Semester 2

  • Project Management, Innovation & Intellectual Property (Core)
  • Generative Design & Immersive Realities (Core)
  • Human Centred Design (Core)

Semester 2/3

  • Innovative Design Project (Core)


Year 1 – (Every Friday)

Semester 1

  • CAD & Digital Production (Core)

Semester 2

  • Project Management, Innovation & Intellectual Property (Core)
  • Generative Design & Immersive Realities (Core)

Year 2 – (Every Thursday)

Semester 1

  • Design Thinking and Strategic Innovation (Core)

Semester 2

  • Human Centred Design (Core)

Semester 2/3

  • Innovative Design Project (Core)


The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.


Entry requirements & applying

Normal entry requirements for full time and part time intake will:

  1. An initial degree in a relevant subject (2:2 or above), or evidence of recent activity in the subject equivalent to these classifications as determined by interview.

Non-standard entry criteria

According to the Regulations for Glyndwr University: ‘Taught master's Degrees’, it is possible for a non-graduate to be admitted to candidature provided that:

  1. They have a non-graduate qualification which Glyndwr University has deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of post graduate admission, and
  2. they held, for a minimum of two years, a responsible position which is relevant to the programme to be pursued within the previous five years.’

Irrespective of a candidate’s entry qualifications, the student must provide evidence to the satisfaction of the interview panel of his/her ability to complete academic work of the required standard to successfully complete the scheme of study proposed.


Teaching & Assessment

The programme is informed and guided by the Active Learning Framework (ALF), which incorporates a blended learning approach. This approach is a key part of the delivery and involves teaching, learning support, and the delivery of online sessions. The embedding of ALF provides students with a more flexible approach to their learning and is fundamental in giving all students equal opportunity to succeed.

The learning and teaching methods adopted reflect the QAA Master’s degree characteristics descriptors in the following ways:

  1. Lectures are used to impart key information and show case new ways of working which will enable students to develop a sound understanding of the principles of their field of study as well as identifying new ways of working.
  2. Case studies, role plays, and group working will be used to facilitate application of the principles more widely. They will also be used to prompt discussion and practise problem solving skills. This will also allow students to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems.
  3. The use of portfolios facilitates reflection on the qualities necessary for employment, requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision making. Additionally, they will allow students to identify the limits of their knowledge and skills and identify strategies for development.
  4. Assessments are used to facilitate learning as well as providing an indication of student achievement.

The programme provides opportunities for formative, diagnostic and summative feedback. The assessment methods used reflect the needs of the student group and allows for the knowledge and learning outcomes of the programme to be tested as well as allowing for the development and assessment of practical and transferable skills.

Where assessed group work is undertaken, you will be expected, through the production of meeting notes and action plans, to demonstrate that you have contributed equally to the task. This element of personal contribution will determine your overall module assessment. i.e., not all students within a group should expect the same mark.

Teaching and Learning

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping you deal with the practicalities of university work. Our has more information on the help available.

Teaching methods include lectures, laboratory sessions, student-led seminars and guided research.

Independent learning is an important aspect of all modules, as it enables students to develop both their subject-specific and key skills. This is promoted through guided study or feedback given to students.


Career prospects

The MSc Innovative Design programme facilitates the needs for a range of diverse industries at local, national, and international levels, to provide them with potential future employees of the highest calibre. The programme has been devised to give you the opportunities to demonstrate your relevant technical expertise, innovation, commitment, and sound judgment. Thereby producing students who are Engineering professionals and a sought-after asset to future employers. Previous students are either in full time employment or pursuing a PhD. 

Our  is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

The course equips you with thorough knowledge and skills in engineering at the forefront of new and emerging technologies. Graduates will be well placed to become subject specialists within the industry or to pursue research careers within academia.


Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2023/24 for MSc Innovative Design are £7,250.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & funding pages.


Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.



If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section

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