Postgraduate Certificate in Product Innovation
The global market needs more innovative thinkers that can design new products and experiences to make life safer, easier, and more rewarding, or even start their own business venture.
UC’s Postgraduate Certificate in Product Innovation offers students from any study background advanced practical and theoretical skills in creating products for entertainment, homeware, cosmetics, IT, food, healthcare, and many other industries.
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.
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 Postgraduate Certificate in Product Innovation or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
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The Postgraduate Certificate in Product Innovation has a total of 60 points, made up of 30 points of compulsory courses and 30 points of elective courses.
Starting in February or July, the programme requires 6 months of full-time study. Part-time study is also available for up to 2 years.
The PGCertProdInnovation is made up of compulsory courses and a selection of elective courses, including at least one course focused on business skills.
Select at least one of the following:
If choosing only one of the courses above, select one more course from the following:
- 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)
UC offers a Master of Product Innovation.
Credit from your completed courses in the PGCertProdInnovation can be transferred to the Master of Product Innovation, provided you have not already graduated with the Certificate beforehand.
Companies are continuously looking for graduates that have both technical and entrepreneurial skills to take their products to the next level.
Product Design graduates can work within a variety of roles, from market research, concept design, manufacturing, or advertising aspects of the commercial lifecycle.
Our students are especially well equipped to launch their own company.
- 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 Postgraduate Certificate in Product Innovation.
For study planning help, contact Te Kura Hanga Otinga | School of Product Design or the College of Engineering:
Te Rāngai Pūkaha | College of Engineering
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800