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GMIT MSc Design and Innovation

MSc in Design and Innovation

Innovate in products, services and processes. Two-year, part-time programme. Next intake September 2022 with applications open in January 2022.

Discipline: Design and Innovation

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 9

Programme Duration: Two years

Mode of Study: Part time

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: H 2.2 Level 8 degree in Engineering, Design, Science, Business, Computer Science or related disciplines / RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning)

Why Study?

Do you want to upskill in the area of Design and Innovation while working?

This is an exciting new Masters programme designed for people from varied backgrounds who want to develop their innovation, design, management and leadership skills.

It was developed by a cross-disciplinary team in GMIT, using expertise from Engineering, Design and Creative Arts, and Business led by the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

The Masters is delivered using a blended learning approach and is 100% project-based, with no exams.

Expertise developed through the programme will enhance your career in a variety of industries ranging from technology and agri-food to design, medtech, manufacturing, the service industry and the public sector.

Why should I do this Masters?

  • Upskill for leadership roles in design and innovation
  • Enhance your organisation’s capacity to innovate in products, services and processes
  • Future-proof your career and your organisation
  • Suitable for Industry, Services and Public Bodies
  • Inspired by the Stanford d. School's Design Thinking philosophy
  • Meets national and international needs

​What to expect:

The course has been designed for people in full or part-time employment, and will run on Saturday mornings, every second week.

Learning Approach:

  • “Learning by doing”
  • Team-Based Learning and Flexible Learning
  • Assessment is 100% Project based
  • Online self-directed learning

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Click here to see our Lecturer profiles (PDF, 245KB)

Open Evening Webinar

This took place on 28 May, 2020 to outline the Masters. View the webinar to hear teaching staff discuss and answer questions on the programme.

Programme Modules

Semester 1: 

  • Applied Design Thinking (10 ECTS)
  • Product and Service Development (10 ECTS)

Semester 2 & 3:

  • Research Methods (10 ECTS)
  • Design Innovation Project (Team-based) (30 ECTS)

Semester 3 & 4:

  • Dissertation involving a year-long project carried out in your own organisation (30 ECTS)

Career Opportunities

National and Regional reports, such as the "National Planning Framework: Project Ireland 2040", have stressed the importance of innovation and creativity for the future needs of the West of Ireland.

Graduates of this Masters can expect opportunities in the following areas:

  • Leadership Roles in Design and Innovation
  • New Product or Service Introduction Management
  • Product/Service/Process Management
  • Project Management in Product and Service sectors
  • Strategic Marketing and Market Research
  • Innovation Management
  • Research & Development Management

Essential Information: 

Entry Requirements

  • H 2.2 Level 8 degree in Engineering, Design, Science, Business, Computer Science or related disciplines
  • Candidates with experience in the area will be considered for entry using RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning)

How to Apply

The programme runs in two-year cycles. The next intake on the programme is September 2022. 

Applicants should apply online and must provide the following:

1. A CV (max three pages) detailing their qualifications & career to date.
2. A personal motivational statement, which should include an outline of their plans and interests related to a career in Design and Innovation.

Please note:
Applicant must have at least three years’ relevant experience in industry or service sectors.
The programme will proceed pending relevant public health directives and sufficient numbers.

Apply here

Application Closing Date: 31st August 2022. 


€6,000 (TBC)

GMIT Webinar on Master in Design and Innovation (Updated June 2020)

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Contact Us

I want to know more. Who can I talk to?

Dr Gabriel J. Costello lectures on this course.

He will be happy to help you.


Phone: +353 (0)91 742382

GMIT MSc Design and Innovation Modules