MSc in Design Innovation

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The MSc in Design Innovation is the first of its kind in Europe. Its focus is helping you learn from theory and practice; and to understand and acquire (by experience) the ability to develop smart, novel, winning innovation concepts.

It offers the opportunity to become a leader in Design Innovation for your organisation by providing practical education and experience in the key themes that drive 21st century innovation, such as innovation strategy and a deep understanding of human needs, behaviours and socio-cultural trends. You will learn the methods necessary to research, acquire, analyse and present this understanding as well as the techniques and skills to synthesise actionable innovation concepts. The MSC in Design Innovation matches actionable insights with organisational strategies and capabilities to deliver differentiating and competitive new concepts.

This MSc programme is ideal for anyone aspiring to be an effective radical innovator. In particular, it directly prepares graduates for the roles of innovation leadership, innovation management, product management, strategic marketing, market research, design strategy and new product or service development in a wide variety of sectors such as design, manufacturing, IT, web design, media and all areas of the public services. We welcome participants from various disciplinary backgrounds, including graduates of Social Sciences, Anthropology, Design, Business, Computer Science or Engineering. Graduates of other disciplines are also invited to apply.

We particularly welcome mature applicants through our Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) stream who have gained knowledge and skills through industry experience. Our RPL policy facilitates a review of the professional skills and relevant life experience of applicants without significant academic qualifications, but who have equivalent learning achievements which adequately prepare them for the programme.


”The Masters in Design Innovation proved to be a real turning point for my career. It allowed me to rediscover the crucial elements of insight-led, user centred design, & in doing so, gave me the skills & opportunity to work on innovative solutions for some of the world’s biggest companies.”  Michael Torrans, Innovation Services Design Lead Associate Manager, Accenture
“The decision to study the Msc in Design Innovation has been invaluable for my career. It has given me the confidence to tackle complex problems in my own work using design thinking. The course has shifted my mindset to be more experimental & collaborative in my work.”  Lydia Ward, UX Researcher, Genesys
“I studied part time over two years while continuing to work. It was a great opportunity to upskill with like-minded people from diverse backgrounds.  The teaching is superb, the course content is fresh, & I worked on exciting industry-led team projects as part of each module.  Claire Lillis, Programme Manager, Aerogen


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The Department of Design Innovation were delighted to be awarded the 2016 'Best New Course' for its MSc in Design Innovation. The award was made at the GradIreland Postgraduate Course of the Year Awards 2016 on April 28th in Dublin’s Mansion House, where over 500 representatives from across industry and academia came together to celebrate achievement and innovation in the areas of graduate recruitment and postgraduate course provision. On announcing the winner for award, the judges described the course, which was introduced in 2014, as “an innovative programme bridging traditional social disciplines with design, enterprise and technological change”. More Details