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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Design Innovation Management

Academic Year: 2020/21

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Loughborough University in London
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc
Programme title Design Innovation Management
Programme code LLPT22/LLPT23
Length of programme 1 year up to 4 years
UCAS code N/a
Admissions criteria

MSc Full time: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/LLPT22

MSc Part time: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/LLPT23

Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 25 Jun 2020 17:16:57 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To enhance design skills and knowledge through theoretical and practical application individually and in multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary teams.
  • Develop collaborative behaviour through active learning and team work, analysing and evaluating problems and responding to challenges in real time
  • To enable graduates to develop their critical thinking and insight to improve their effectiveness as designers.
  • To enable graduates to develop their analytical and research skills through undertaking a substantial innovation management design and evaluation project
  • Develop the critical analysis skills required to evaluate and reflect on the innovation process and the behaviours required to manage innovation in the design process

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • UK Quality Code for Higher Education, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, April 2012, especially Part A: Setting and maintaining academic standards:
    • The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ), the QAA, August 2008
    • Master’s Degree Characteristics, the QAA, March 2010
    • The Higher Education Credit Framework for England, the QAA, August 2008
  • The Quality Code, Part B: Assuring and enhancing academic quality
    • Chapter B1: Programme Design, Development and Approval
    • Chapter B3: Learning and Teaching
    • Chapter B4: Enabling student development and achievement
    • Chapter B6: Assessment of students
  • Master’s Degree Subject Benchmark for Engineering, the QAA, 2015
    • In part, Design and economic, social and Environmental context applicable to MEng : UKEC

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of…

K1 -     current problems and/or new insights of their academic discipline;

K2 -     techniques applicable to their own subject area;

K3 -     To evaluate the design process in relation to other functions to provide sustainable solutions to problems and have strategies for being an effective designer

K4 -     the major arguments and issues in design innovation management practice

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to…

C1 -     Demonstrate ability to advance their existing knowledge in their area and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level

C2 -     formulate decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations;

C3 -     identify with, respond to, and critically reflect upon the opportunities and dynamics for learning with their peers and other external contexts;

C4 -     act autonomously in planning and in implementing tasks.

C5 -     Interpret Business data and policy documents

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to…

P1 -     the ability to use a range of techniques and research methods applicable to advanced scholarship in the subject relevant to the discipline;

P2 -     formulate and undertake the practical steps necessary for a concept to become reality in a rational and pragmatic way

P3 -     utilise high levels of numeracy, computer literacy and attention to detail when dealing with specific software tools;

P4 -     the ability to analyse a new business opportunities from which to create new products/services.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to…

T1 –     act professionally – including acting in accordance with ethical conduct;

T2 -      problem solve – including clarification of questions, consideration of alternative solutions and evaluation of outcomes;

T3 -      communicate – including visual, written and oral presentation and discussions;

T4 -      self manage – including self-learning, and project and time management;

T5 –     use methods and methodologies applicable to teamwork;

T6 -      communicate ideas, concepts, theories, and arguments with different audiences through a range of practical methods and outcomes including visual, written and oral.

4. Programme structure

Semester One

Compulsory Modules (60 credits)



Modular Weight


Innovation Management






Design Research



Meaning Making in Design


Semester Two

Compulsory Modules (60 credits)



Modular Weight


Collaborative Project



Design Thinking



Design Futures



Service Design and Strategy


 Semester Three

Compulsory Module (60 credits)



Modular Weight





5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.

All modules available in the Special Assessment Period (SAP) unless specified in the Module Specification.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Not Applicable.

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