What will I learn?

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.

Career Options

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 technology, pharmaceutical, agri-food, design, manufacturing, service industries and all areas of the public service.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€14,000.00 (US$ 15,872) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

19 September 2022

Venue

Maynooth University

MAYNOOTH,

Kildare,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For international students

The programme welcomes participants from varied disciplinary backgrounds, including graduates of Social Sciences, Anthropology, Design, Business or Engineering. Graduates of other disciplines are also invited to apply. A first class or upper second class honours primary degree qualification is normally required, and participants must conduct a brief interview to demonstrate their understanding of the MSc objectives. Exceptionally, candidates with lower second class honours or other degree qualifications may be allowed to join the programme, after interview.

Minimum English language requirements:

• IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score

• TOEFL (Paper based test): 585

• TOEFL (Internet based test): 95

• PTE (Pearson): 62

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Maynooth University

Maynooth is an internationally esteemed ‘young’ university, with a rich heritage, that offers an excellent student learning experience.

  • Located in Ireland’s only university town, 25km from Dublin
  • Three faculties with 34 academic departments
  • No.43 in THE 100 Universities Under 50 rankings
  • International Office offering friendly, dedicated support

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