School of Art, Design and Architecture

MA Integrated Design Innovation

Engage with revolutionary digital technologies within the Industry 4.0 agenda. With a focus on multidisciplinary industrial design environments, this programme invites you to develop advanced digital design and fabrication/manufacturing skills applicable to a range of fields such as architectural technology and construction, mechanical engineering design, and industrial design. Upon graduation, you will be able to join emerging and fast-growing technological and creative sectors.

Key features

  • Join fast-growing industry sectors with a degree from the number 1 Young University for Art, Design and Architecture (Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2018) and in the First-Class Category of Sustainable Universities in the UK (People and Planet Green League 2018). 
  • Develop valuable skills in digital design, design thinking and digital fabrication applicable to a range of industry sectors such as manufacturing, advanced construction and industrial design. 
  • Benefit from our newly developed workshop spaces, with state-of-the-art equipment and technical support for digital fabrication and immersive visualisation. 
  • Gain multidisciplinary experience in a project-based learning environment by working alongside MA/MSc students, associate tutors from industry and academic staff from the School of Art, Design and Architecture, and the School of Engineering. 
  • 100% coursework. No exams!
  • Opportunity to pursue research degrees (MPhil/PhD) as well as cross-collaboration with other postgraduate courses such as MRes Digital Arts and Technology, MA Smart Urban Futures and MSc High Performance Buildings.
  • Part-time route available (5 semesters over 2 years).

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • This programme embraces emergent Industry 4.0 technologies. A teaching and learning ethos comprising a STEAM approach (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Design, Mathematics) to project-based learning enables a re-definition of the way designers and architects work with engineers in the envisioning, designing, manufacturing and construction of our future built environment, specialist and everyday products and digital experiences.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

Programme Specification MAMSc Integrated Design Innovation 6601

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 degree from a UK University or equivalent and evidence of a sustained engagement with associated fields of practice.

Applicants will be required to submit an outline of their experience in a 500-word statement.

Work experience in the creative or manufacturing sectors (or other professionally relevant activity) is highly desirable, though not required. Applicants with extensive industry experience can claim credits following the University of Plymouth Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy.

For an informal discussion about the course please contact the programme leader at

If you have overseas qualifications you can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC), who provide an advisory service.

English requirements

The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is 6.5.

For further advice on the appropriateness of overseas qualifications and proficiency in the use of English, please contact our International Office.

“Boundaries between sectors and professions are artificial and are proving to be increasingly counterproductive. More than ever, it is essential to dissolve these barriers by engaging the power of networks to forge effective partnerships.”

Klaus Schwab, The Fourth Industrial Revolution

“There are some 2.6 million jobs in the UK’s creative economy, growing at around three times the rate of the workforce as a whole. These are – in the main – high-skilled, knowledge-intensive and resilient to future automation. Employers are crying out for talent with a mix of arts and science knowledge.”

NESTA, 2014

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Facilities and resources

Our designated architecture studio spaces provide a unique learning environment. A range of well-resourced specialist laboratory, CAD, and materials workshop facilities are all in close proximity, putting industry standard facilities at your fingertips.

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