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About Design: Products and Furniture at Nottingham Trent University

Our MA Design: Products and Furniture course is aimed at the designer who wishes to develop innovative products, furniture, systems or services. You'll develop your own personal design philosophies and creative methodologies, while engaging with the realities of designing for new and emerging markets.

Who is this course designed for?

This course is aimed at design professionals or graduates with a design-related honours degree. This course, and the associated support provided by the University, will enable graduates to develop advanced design, technological and manufacturing skills, enabling them to start their own business, work within the manufacturing industry, design consultancies, research and development organisations, or to progress to further study by engaging in research.

Why study this course?

  • Join a university that's ranked amongst the top 150 in the world for art and design (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017).
  • Benefit from the industry-standard facilities at our City Campus, in the heart of Nottingham's city centre. Supported by our team of expert technicians, you'll have access to our machining and manufacturing workshops, laboratories, modern CAD/CAM studios and dedicated studio for Masters students.
  • Study trips in the UK and abroad are included in your course fees, designed to help develop your understanding of theory in practice.
  • Showcase your work as part of the NTU Degree Shows. Employers and industry professionals are invited to the exhibition, providing our postgraduate students with an invaluable opportunity to expand their professional network.
  • Turn your design ideas into a viable business with help from The Hive – NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, which supports students and graduates looking to form their own company. You'll also be supported by NTU's Employability Team, providing tailored career advice and guidance.
  • Benefit from our established and new links to commercial organisations, industry professionals and university experts. Our research activities are universally-recognised and supported by grants from a variety of funding organisations.
  • Benefit from our team of expert academic staff who have significant experience of working in practice.
  • Our flexible study options support part-time learners, who wish to balance employment with further study.
  • Become part of a strong student design community. Our studio-based culture supports peer-to-peer learning and helps to set work in a professional context, fostering a spirit of interdisciplinary and teamwork.

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How you're taught

How will I learn?

  • Learning and teaching will comprise of lectures to introduce and develop concepts, and to explore the application of these concepts. Studio work, workshops and laboratory sessions will develop your skills.
  • Seminars and tutorials will provide you with academic support, and case studies and project work will be used to develop your understanding of concepts and applications.
  • You'll also be expected to take part in project presentations to develop your confidence and identity in professional practice.

Trips and study visits

Study trips to live sites in the UK and abroad are included in your course fees, giving you the opportunity to gain design inspiration and experience international design practice. Previous study trip destinations have included Porto and Paris.

Assessment methods

Your progress on the course is assessed by 100% coursework, working to tasks and briefs.

Postgraduate Product Design students on a study trip to Porto

Careers and employability

Our School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment has an outstanding reputation for producing employable graduates: 97% of postgraduate students are in work or further study within just six months of graduating (DLHE 2015-2016). 

Where do MA Design: Products and Furniture graduates from NTU work?

This course has been developed to meet the needs of industry in the UK and overseas. It is specifically designed to increase your employability in a business context by identifying new services, strategies and product opportunities, and conducting projects in collaboration with industrial partners. You'll become more strategically aware and technically literate, and will communicate concepts and outcomes at an advanced level in an ever-changing global market place.

On completion, you will have acquired a set of skills, knowledge and experience to enable you to set up your own business, to work in manufacturing industries, design consultancies, and research and development organisations, or to progress to PhD study by engaging in further research.

Our Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course.


Postgraduate Product Design students in our Maudslay building model making workshop

Dedicated resource centre

Students in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment have access to a dedicated resource centre. This centre, based in the Maudslay building, enables students to undertake private study in a facility equipped with computers, large format plotters and desk space, together with journals and publications – both current and archived.

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across our City Campus, with PCs providing access to Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage and high-speed online printing services, with a free printing allowance for each student.

Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.

Books and library resources

Our state-of-the-art Boots library will give you access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within the built environment. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our electronic resources, journals and books.

Within the library there is a liaison librarian who has specialist subject knowledge and can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources, and also with areas such as Harvard referencing and research skills.

Workshops and laboratories

Our Maudslay building boasts a number of industry-standard workshops and facilities. Supported by a team of expert technical staff, we offer woodwork and metal workshops, model making studios, structural testing equipment, concrete, soil and materials laboratories.

Take a look at our full gallery of facilities for Product Design students.

Study options for this course

Entry requirements

Applying with prior qualifications

Applicants with non-standard entry requirements and / or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Your work experience will be assessed to ensure it is relevant to your application.

Applying with non-standard entry qualifications/experience

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you'll be asked to upload a practical portfolio of your work to our Applicant Portal. If you'd like to prepare your portfolio in advance here are some guidelines.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

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