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.
Those wanting to build on their previous studies in product design may want to consider the Master of Product Design.
- Students can explore their own product and business ventures during study, with expert support and industry connections from both the School of Product Design | Te Kura Hanga Otinga and UC Centre for Entrepreneurship | Te Pokapū Rakahinonga.
- 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.
- Aotearoa New Zealand is ranked as the #1 country for starting a business (World Bank Group Doing Business 2020 Report), and Ōtautahi Christchurch is home to a number of innovative industries needing skilled graduates from UC, particularly in the IT and gaming sectors.
- 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 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.
Students with any previous bachelor’s degree study (or other qualifications of an equivalent standard), and a B Grade Point Average in their final-year courses are open to enrol.
Students with English as an additional language are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.
How to apply
You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
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.
The programme begins in 2021 and students 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.
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.
Plus the following business-focused courses:
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)
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.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
- Te Rōpū Rapuara | UC Careers can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers, or find a job.
- For research into career destinations by qualification, visit Te Pōkai Tara | Universities New Zealand website.
- Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Product Innovation.
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