School of Art, Design and Architecture

MSc 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 can join emerging and fast-growing technological and creative sectors.

Careers with this subject

On completion, you graduate as a highly skilled professional, able to work in multidisciplinary environments with a series of transferable collaborative, technological, business and design skills. Sectors currently adopting Industry 4.0 technology include creative, construction, manufacturing and robotics.

Key features

  • Join the Industry 4.0 revolution with a degree from a top 10 UK Young University for Art, Design and Architecture (Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019) and in the First-Class Category of Sustainable Universities in the UK (People and Planet Green League 2018). 
  • Develop advanced skills in digital design applicable to a range of industry sectors such as manufacturing, construction and industrial design. 
  • Benefit from our newly developed lab spaces, with state-of-the-art equipment and technical support for digital fabrication and immersive media.
  • 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 and MA Smart Urban Futures.
  • Part-time route available (5 semesters over 2 years).

Course details

  • Year 1
  • 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.

    Core modules
    • DFAB711 Design Lab I

      Through a combination of individual and team project-based work, the Design Lab explores design modelling and fabrication approaches to the resolution of challenges through advanced digital techniques. The course follows a co-design approach where students work with external partners from industry, tech startups, peer learners, third sector and community groups on shared outcomes.

    • DFAB723 Research Project

      While the research project is expected to operate as an instance of individual scholarship, teamwork can be negotiated based on complex projects requiring a team for its research and development. The course expects self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, to act entrepreneurially in planning and implementing a project working with a range of partners, as well as demonstrating critical thinking and awareness of contexts of industrial practice.

    • DFAB752 Design Lab II

      Through a combination of individual and team project-based work, the Design Lab explores design modelling and fabrication approaches to the resolution of challenges through advanced digital techniques. The course follows a co-design approach where students work with external partners from industry, tech startups, peer learners, third sector and community groups on shared outcomes.

    • DFAB762 Futures Entrepreneurship

      Based on individual work, this Module develops students’ entrepreneurial abilities by providing a programme of support for delivering innovative solutions in the emerging area of digital design and manufacturing. Students will be expected to identify the exploitation and innovation potential of their work in a collaborative manner and explore how this can catalyse a business plan stemming from the Design Lab.

    Optional modules
    • DFAB721 Advanced Design Thinking and Making Skills I

      Based on individual work, this elective Module focuses on MA route students by delivering creative and critical thinking, and design competences. By enrolling in this Module, students will be exposed to design theories and methods enabling the creative and aesthetic advanced resolution of design challenges through digital means, including digital modelling manufacturing, and automation.

    • DFAB731 Advanced Engineering Design and Materials

      Students will review contemporary Design Science (e.g. the knowledge base of engineering design theory and practice) and the quantitative and qualitative methods used in engineering design research. Students will develop proficiency in the use of industrial standard CAD tools and an enhanced knowledge and understanding of engineering materials (e.g. metals and alloys, polymers, composites, rubbers, ceramics and glass).

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 6602

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

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

Applicants are 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. English language requirements.

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

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2020 2021
Home/EU £7,800 To be confirmed
International To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

How to apply

When to apply

Most of our taught programmes begin in September. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full. 

Before you apply

Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:
  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.
If you require further information take a look at our application guidance.

Disability services

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. 

International students

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail.

If you would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced by downloading our Student Admissions Policy Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

Projects and research

“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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Any questions?

Please contact Dr Alejandro Veliz Reyes, Programme Lead for Integrated Design Innovation: