Master of Product Design
Postgraduate studies in Product Design present an opportunity for students to prepare for the ever-changing consumer market with advanced design, manufacturing, and business analysis skills.
The Master of Product Design (MProdDesign) takes advantage of UC’s research expertise in a range of commerce, IT, and engineering fields. The programme provides a mixture of practical work and theory with original supervised research.
UC houses specialised on-campus facilities for students to research, create, test, and market their own products.
Those seeking to learn how to commercialise a product or service idea (design background not required) may want to consider the Master of Product Innovation.
- UC’s School of Product Design | Te Kura Hanga Otinga has a growing reputation in Aotearoa New Zealand for research in product quality, engineering innovations, customer trends, and emerging needs.
- You will have use of dedicated facilities for creating and testing your product ideas eg, design studios, laboratories, workshops, 3D printers, and a gaming lounge with AR and VR spaces and equipment.
- UC is ranked 240th in the world for Engineering and Technology, and in the top 250 universities in the world for Business and Management Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020).
Through the MProdDesign, the skills and attributes you will gain include:
- advanced knowledge of product design practice
- self-critical approach to your own design practice
- mastery of sophisticated knowledge in your area of design specialism
- ability to research and analyse leading-edge literature related to design
- advanced problem-solving skills
- ability to plan and complete a piece of original research or creative work
- capability to apply skills and knowledge to novel situations.
Entry to the Master of Product Design requires an appropriate design-related degree (eg, the Bachelor of Product Design) with a B Grade Point Average in your 300-level courses, or other qualifications of an equivalent standard.
Students with English as an additional language are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.
How to apply
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The Master of Product Design is made up of 180 points of courses, including compulsory courses (30 points), elective courses (30 points), and a research thesis (120 points).
Beginning in February or July 2021, the programme can be completed within 18 months of full-time study, or up to 3 years part-time.
The Master of Product Design includes both compulsory and elective courses that allow personalised study into the commercial lifecycle of particular kinds of products, followed by a research thesis.
Select two courses that best suit your interests and expertise:
- PROD 611 Design and Manufacture
- PROD 612 Bio-Inspired Design
- PROD 613 Development of Interdisciplinary Practice and Self
- PROD 614 Design Ethics
- PROD 621 Games for Health & Wellbeing
- PROD 622 Immersive Collaborative Play and Design
- PROD 623 Gamification for Enterprises
- PROD 631 Fragrance Design
- PROD 632 Special Topics in Cosmetic Product Formulation
- any 400-level course approved by the Dean of Engineering (Academic)
- PROD 690 Product Design Thesis
This Master’s programme will prepare you for innovation in our modern, dynamic economy. Product Design graduates with business sense as well as technical skills will suit any part of the product creation lifecycle – designing concepts, testing prototypes, pitching to sellers, and marketing to consumers.
Product Designers may find work in commercial, educational, IT, consultancy, quality assurance (QA), government, and design and advertising sectors.
UC’s graduates are also prepared to begin their own business enterprise.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Product Design.
For study planning help contact the School of Product Design | Te Kura Hanga Otinga or the College of Engineering:
College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800