Design Innovation MRes

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
Full-time:
1 year
Part-time:
Up to 4 years
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
£10,250
International fees:
£23,300
Location:
London

Achievements

4th

in the UK for art and design

The Complete University Guide 2018

36th

in the world for design

QS World Rankings by Subject 2017

Overview

If you choose to study an MRes in Design Innovation, you will be able to build on your research skills with the choice to focus on areas such as Identity, Culture and Communication, and Design Thinking, which builds on the idea that design supports and encourages innovation in multiple ways.

Studying an MRes in Design Innovation with Loughborough University London will give you a fascinating introduction into the life of a postgraduate researcher. Our Design Innovation MRes programme has been carefully designed to empower graduates with rigorous research and analytical skills, in order to progress onto highlevel researcher positions within their chosen sector or field.

Each module will explore the research processes, and uncover the designs, practices and methodologies used by experienced researchers from each discipline. Whilst a traditional taught master’s degree programme focuses on the development of expertise in a chosen area, an MRes places more emphasis on the individual to uncover new knowledge and develop their own research expertise.

Whilst the curriculum of a traditional master’s degree focuses on the development of expertise in a chosen area, an MRes places more emphasis on the individual to uncover new knowledge and develop their own research expertise.

What makes this programme different?

  • Your launchpad to a PhD
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Uncover the designs, practices and methodologies
  • Develop your own research expertise

Who should study this programme?

If you have a passion for Design Innovation and are looking to widen your skills, focus your interests and take the next step towards an MPhil, PhD or analytical career.

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent in a wide range of subjects. In exceptional circumstances an applicant may be admitted to the degree who does not possess the requirements mentioned, but who has substantial relevant work experience.

The standard University IELTS English language requirement is 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each individual element (reading, writing, listening and speaking).

What you'll study

You will learn from the most influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators, exposing you to the latest theories and developments from across your discipline.

Modules

Design Innovation MRes covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

This module focuses on research in a real-world context. On completion of the module, you will have completed a full rapid cycle of teamwork-based empirical research originating from a problem set by a real organisation, community, business or similar. You will spend the module identifying appropriate approaches and research methods, planning and executing the research and disseminating the results back to their external project partner.

This exciting module will encourage you to learn and apply concepts related to team roles, collaborative working and shared leadership. You will be expected to apply social science and design research methods, whilst utilising their critical thinking and reflection skills.

You will also engage with the project by developing your practical research skills and project management skills, and will discover how to successfully manage stakeholder expectations, while giving practical consideration to research ethics and sustainability issues.

This hands-on module acts as a springboard for those wishing to gain an introduction to the issues related to real-world research, in preparation for an MRes Dissertation or subsequent PhD.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Work in diverse and interdisciplinary research teams
  • Understand and be able to undertake a project and team based real-world research process
  • Apply critical enquiry, reflection, and appropriate methods to identify, frame, and resolve issues and problems related to research initiatives.
  • Identify stakeholder issues, values and worldviews, while collecting and analysing evidence-based information and knowledge to develop appropriate research insights, practices and outputs.
  • Identify, structure and reflect on key issues and propose solutions to undertaking research in creative ways using appropriate qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Enhance their appreciation for diversity and divergent individual and disciplinary perspectives
  • Be able to provide structured, reflective and critical feedback to peers and other stakeholders
  • Plan and implement a real-world and team based research initiative including identifying problems, objectives, resources, timing, and appropriate qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Effectively communicate research ideas, methods and results to diverse stakeholders, using multi-channel, state of the art data, media and technologies
  • Make informed, critical and reflective decisions in time-limited situations

Assessment

  • Coursework (100%)

The aims of this module are to prepare you for research planning, design and execution cycles when carrying out research. You will discover how to implement good research practices and adopt professional research ethics. The module will also equip students with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding to embark onto a professional research career in industry or academia.

Research execution stages will be discussed in detail. These include choosing the best research methods, executing the most efficient, professional and ethical research process and achieving set objectives.

Students will discover the best possible data collection methods and will understand how to perform critical analysis of data including comparison against the state of the art available in the public domain.

The importance of applying a self-check process at all stages is also covered, to ensure that students are aware of the correct methods and means to reach their intended research goals. All of these topics are of vital importance and will ensure students maintain a professional attitude towards research and critical analysis.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The importance of design and planning of the overall task in hand
  • The importance of a clear hypothesis and coordination of the research objectives
  • The importance of efficient execution of the planned strategy to achieve the objectives
  • The ethical implications and the importance of professional approach to ethical issues in research
  • The methodologies for data collection or knowledge assimilation for the subject area
  • Methods of data analysis and their suitability for the intended data
  • The most effective methods of presentation of this data or knowledge Skills

Assessment

  • 100% coursework

By the end of this module you will be able to make informed assessments of the design and construction of quantitative data sources and their implications for analyses. The module will carefully guide you through the best methods to appropriately prepare and analyse quantitative data using statistical software; and apply and interpret a range of forms of statistical analysis competently, including descriptive, inferential and multivariate techniques.

The module will focus on concepts, methods and skills central to quantitative social research, including data collection approaches and concept operationalisation. Building on a grounding in ideas relating to probability sampling, sampling error and statistical inference will extend from comparisons of means and simple cross-tabular analyses to a discussion of multivariate analysis approaches, including linear and logistic regression, but also introducing other techniques relevant to specific analytical goals (e.g. factor analysis, ANOVA, principal components analysis, cluster analysis and hazard models).

Teaching methods will mostly consist of practical classes and workshops. You will gain hands-on familiarity with existing, high profile quantitative sources, including longitudinal studies, and the practicalities of handling data from such sources. This module can act as a springboard for those wishing to gain more specific and advanced quantitative skills in subsequent training, in preparation for an MRes Dissertation or subsequent PhD.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Critically reflect on and provide well-grounded analysis of the appropriate type of quantitative analysis required for a specific research project
  • Understand the validity and robustness of the findings reported upon in research
  • Critically reflect upon the presented results and the extent to which these support conclusions drawn in research
  • Translate research question into research model into quantitative analysis strategy
  • Perform basic quantitative methods (such as correlations, Chi-2, factor analysis, regression analysis)
  • Recognizing, and addressing commonly found quantitative research related issues in current scholarly work
  • Be able to determine the extent to which research presented is appropriately researched
  • Be able to challenge quantitative research presented
  • Select and use appropriate quantitative research approaches
  • Demonstrate effective research strategy decision-making

Assessment

  • Report (40%)
  • Assignments (60%)

The content of this module is developed around current practice in qualitative research in a range of disciplinary fields. Content is drawn from the intended learning outcomes and is linked to the module assessment.

The programme content covered includes:

  • How to become a skilled qualitative researcher
  • Epistemological and theoretical issues related to qualitative research
  • Design issues for qualitative studies
  • Selecting an appropriate research method (action research, case study, critical discourse analysis, ethnography types, gender theories, grounded theory, participant observation, textual analysis)
  • Analysing and interpreting qualitative data
  • Issues and debates related to conducting qualitative research
  • Evaluation of qualitative research studies
  • An examination of ethical considerations
  • Scholarly academic writing skills and information communication technologies
  • The future of qualitative research in solving research problems

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of qualitative research paradigms, principles and practices
  • Undertake an original and independent piece of qualitative research using a wide range of ontological and epistemological perspectives and methods
  • Present a rationale for the application of qualitative research to interdisciplinary research problems
  • Employ a range of qualitative approaches to record and analyse qualitative data
  • Solve complex research problems through qualitative approaches
  • Critically evaluate the characteristics of qualitative research
  • Analyse, interpret and critically evaluate qualitative data
  • Conceptualise and design qualitative research approaches for various research settings
  • Employ qualitative approaches to research and evaluate their use and value in research
  • Implement qualitative research projects for various disciplinary settings
  • Demonstrate awareness of relative activities elsewhere and always apply a self-check against the best practice
  • Find and evaluate scholarly sources
  • Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation
  • Demonstrate effective communication and argumentation of the research findings with appropriate references
  • Demonstrate effective project management skills and show commercial awareness of the managed task
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude towards qualitative research approaches
  • Demonstrate qualitative problem-solving skills in a variety of research settings

Assessment

  • Coursework (100%)

The aims of this module are to give you an opportunity to research a related subject in detail, and present the findings in a format that best suits your academic strengths and future career goals.

The module will create an opportunity for you to put into practice real research skills and knowledge by leaning about a specific area, understanding the current problems through investigating the related state of the art and proposing solutions to push the frontiers forward in your chosen subject area.

Detailed experimentation (where possible), critical analysis of your results and effective presentation of the findings are three key milestones of this module.

You have a choice of project pathways:

  • A research project suggested by you or your academic supervisor, which will be mutually agreed and carried out within the University, with or without links to the external organisations
  • A University-based research project that is set by an external organisation and supervised by your University supervisor in collaboration with tan external organization representative
  • A research project that involves direct collaboration and placement/visits to an external organization (subject to a suitable placement position being obtained)

Learning objectives

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Articulate a clear, coherent and original research question, hypothesis or business problem in a suitable subject area
  • Synthesise relevant sources (e.g. research literature, primary data, obtained results) to construct a coherent argument in presenting their findings to their research objectives
  • Analyse data collected by an appropriate method during their research project
  • Critically evaluate data collected in context with the state of the art available in public
  • Engage in critical debate and argumentation in written work
  • Apply principles of good scholarly practice to their written work
  • Perform an appropriate literature review using library databases or other reputable sources
  • Determine the most appropriate research methods for a particular subject area
  • Plan a research project and produce a realistic gantt chart demonstrating their intended timelines
  • Synthesise information from appropriate sources
  • Demonstrate rational use of research methods and available tools
  • Select and use appropriate investigative and research skills
  • Demonstrate effective project planning skills
  • Find and evaluate scholarly sources
  • Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation
  • Demonstrate effective researching to reach the set objectives
  • Demonstrate effective presentation and report writing skills
  • Successfully manage a project from idea to completion
  • Demonstrate commercial awareness or the impact of knowledge transfer in a business or research environment

You should also be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The importance of research project planning
  • The importance of researching the state of the art and understanding the subject area using literature review or other means such as software programmes, standard specifications etc.
  • Theoretical as well as practical perspectives of the research objectives
  • Methods of data analysis and their suitability for the intended project objectives
  • The most effective methods of presentation of the collected and analysed data to relate it to the project objectives
  • The ethical implications of research

Assessment

  • Final Project Report/Thesis (60%)
  • Final Presentation (20%)
  • Interim Project Report (20%)

The module focuses on developing skilled communication strategies and principles for working in cross-cultural contexts. Key theoretical concepts of `identity', ‘otherisation' and ‘representation' will be introduced through lectures and seminars in order to explore the complex interrelationships between identity, culture and communication. You will be expected collect and analyse data from the Interdisciplinary Project module to be used for the case study assignment.

The module aims to answer the following important questions: What is culture? How are cultural identities constructed? How do cultural stereotypes impact on communication? How are meanings negotiated? And how are these questions related to working as a contemporary designer?

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Understand the complex interplay between identity and culture and demonstrate these concepts through application to a relevant design context
  • Analyse communication events, written texts and visual images to explore how culture and power relations work to produce particular meanings and communicate this in an appropriate language and report structure
  • Discuss the concepts of identity and culture outlined in the course
  • Apply outlined key concepts when undertaking the analysis of communication strategies observed within the student project teams
  • Develop and communicate ideas in a coherent sequence
  • Use appropriate language and report structure
  • Reference and attribute correctly
  • Provide critical peer feedback
  • Work in cross-cultural teams
  • Use concepts from the module to inform their professional practice

Assessment

100% Coursework consisting of:

  • 50% Individual Assessment
  • 50% Individual Report

The module will include: visualization, using imagery to envision possible future conditions; journey mapping, assessing the existing experience through the customer's eyes, using customer oriented data collection techniques; value chain analysis, assessing the current value chain that supports the customer's journey; mind mapping, generating insights from exploration activities and using those to create; design criteria; brainstorming, generating ideas; rapid concept development, assembling innovative elements into a coherent proposition that can be explored and evaluated; rapid ‘prototyping', expressing a new concept in a tangible form for exploration, consumer testing, and refinement; consumer testing; and storytelling.

The aim of this module is to enhance your ability to use design approaches and tools for identifying and implementing human centred innovation opportunities. You will be expected to deploy knowledge learned in this module into parallel running Collaborative Project module.

Learning outcomes

The module will introduce you to a systematic design-based approach aimed at identifying and implementing user centered innovation opportunities.

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Identify when and how to use range of Design Thinking tools
  • Select appropriate tools to inform project development
  • Appropriate use of the Design Thinking tools in a parallel module
  • Develop communication skills in diverse teams
  • Developed a systematic approach to tackle complex projects
  • Apply tools in a project context
  • Work with variety of stakeholders
  • Understand how to tackle `wicked' problems
  • Be able to deliver a succinct presentation to communicate key facts

Assessment

  • 10% Presentation
  • 20% Peer Feedback
  • 70% Report

How you'll be assessed

You will complete a combination of written and practical assessments, which may vary depending on the module choices you make. You can expect to complete essays and reports of varying lengths, as well as presentations, proposals and pitches in some cases. For information about the assessments you will be expected to complete for each module, please see the compulsory and option module lists for this programme.

How you'll study

Seminars
Lectures
Independent study
Supervision

Your personal and professional development

Loughborough University London prides itself on the high calibre of graduates it produces, and provides great opportunities for you to develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Studying an MRes will give you a fascinating introduction into the life of a postgraduate researcher. Each MRes programme has been carefully designed to empower graduates with rigorous research and analytical skills, in order to progress onto a PhD. Graduates may also continue into high level researcher positions within their chosen sector or field.

Your personal development

Research skills are greatly in demand across the high value industries of the UK. Alongside the taught elements of the programme you will be able to access a tailor-made professional development programme mapped to the Researcher Development Framework developed by Vitae, the UK’s national organisation for researcher development. The programme encourages students to identify their current skills and future career goals, and offers employability training and development activities suitable for all disciplines.

Fees and funding

UK/EU:
£10,250
International:
£23,300

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Our academics

At Loughborough University London, our academics continually look for new ways of doing things and continue to build best practice. We attract outstanding academics from across the world who are specialists in their field, enthusiastic about their subjects, and are at the forefront of current research.

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