Master of Product Design
Postgraduate studies in Product Design present an opportunity for you 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 Te Kura Hanga Otinga | School of Product Design 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.
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.
If English is your additional language, you will also need to meet UC’s English language requirements.
For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Product Design or use the admission requirements checker.
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, 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:
- PROD611 Design and Manufacture
- PROD612 Bio-Inspired Design
- PROD613 Development of Interdisciplinary Practice and Self
- PROD614 Design Ethics
- PROD621 Games for Health & Wellbeing
- PROD622 Immersive Collaborative Play and Design
- PROD623 Gamification for Enterprises
- PROD631 Fragrance Design
- PROD632 Special Topics in Cosmetic Product Formulation
- any approved 400-level course
You may go onto Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) studies in Product Design.
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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See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
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|2022||180||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$13,228|
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For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Product Design.
For study planning help, contact Te Kura Hanga Otinga | School of Product Design.
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