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Master's degree

Master of Product Innovation

03 October 2023

UC's Master of Product Innovation (MProdInnovation) is a perfect opportunity to access specialised facilities and industry experts at university as you develop your own product or business ideas. Learn more about studying a MProdInnovation through our Te Kaupeka Pūhanga | Faculty of Engineering.


Master of Product Innovation

Degree Structure - Duration
18 months full-time


Master of Product Innovation

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 or 2 (February or July)




2025 tuition fees estimate per 180 points:

  • Domestic — to be confirmed
  • International — $63,000


Master of Product Innovation


Product designers have an exciting and ever-changing career, needing to understand and anticipate market trends, design innovative concepts, and create interest in new products.

Open to students of any study background, the Master of Product Innovation (MProdInnovation) is a perfect opportunity to access specialised facilities and industry experts at university while beginning to develop your own product or business ideas.

You will get one-on-one support and guidance to help kickstart a project of your own or to help bring a project to life. The support you receive at UC will help to ensure your success.

Those wanting to build on their previous studies in product design may want to consider the Master of Product Design.

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Master of Product Innovation

Why study a Master of Product Innovation at UC?

  • You can explore their own product and business ventures during study, with expert support and industry connections from both Te Kura Hanga Otinga | School of Product Design and Te Pokapū Rakahinonga | UC Centre for Entrepreneurship.
  • On-campus facilities for Product Design students include laboratories, engineering workshops, design studios, and a gaming lounge with AR and VR equipment.
  • UC Centre for Entrepreneurship offers a number of programmes and scholarships for UC students launching start-up businesses.
  • Ōtautahi Christchurch is home to a number of innovative industries needing skilled graduates from UC, particularly in the IT and gaming sectors.

Through the MProdInnovation, the skills and attributes you will gain include:

  • advanced knowledge of product/service innovation practice
  • mastery of sophisticated knowledge in your area of product innovation
  • advanced knowledge of business practice related to product innovation
  • ability to critically evaluate product innovation practice related to your own product/service developments
  • advanced problem-solving skills
  • ability to plan and complete a piece of original product or service innovation development
  • capability to apply skills and knowledge to novel situations.

Master of Product Innovation

Entry requirements

Any previous bachelor’s degree study (or other qualifications of an equivalent standard), and a B Grade Point Average in your final-year courses are open to enrol.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Product Innovation or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

You can apply online at myUC.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

Master of Product Innovation

Subjects and courses

This Master’s involves compulsory and elective courses in both specialised product design and business marketing. The final project course allows you to independently develop a product idea with support from an industry supervisor.

Compulsory courses


Plus the following business-focused courses:

Elective courses

Select two courses that best suit your interests and expertise:



Master of Product Innovation

Career opportunities

Entrepreneurial and innovative skills in market are highly sought after in our global economy, and with this programme you will be well prepared to follow your own product line or business venture aspirations.

Depending on your focus in the degree, you may suit roles in research and development (R&D), concept design, advertising, quality assurance (QA), product review and critique, and marketing analysis within enterprises needing skilled graduates.

Useful information:


2025 tuition fees estimate (per 180 points):

  • Domestic — to be confirmed
  • International — $63,000

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 180 points):

  • Domestic — $14,358
  • International — $60,000

SSL estimate (per 180 points):

  • 2025 — to be confirmed
  • 2024 — $1375.50 (capped at 150 points per academic year)

Master of Product Innovation

How do I plan my degree?

The MProdInnovation is 180 points in total, made up of 30 points of compulsory courses, 60 points of elective courses, and followed by a 90-point practical project.

You can start in either February or July. The degree will take 18 months of full-time study, or up to 3 years of part-time study.

For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Product Innovation.


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