Course Description


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
CollegeGalway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)
Course LocationGalway
Course CategoryArt & Design
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationMasters Degree
Awarding Body DetailsMaster degree
Course Start Date5th September 2022
Course DurationTwo years part-time
Course TimeSemester 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)
Entry RequirementsH 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)
Carear PathNational 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
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Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)

GMIT Galway Campus, Dublin Rd. Galway H91 T8NW, GMIT Mayo Campus Westport Rd. Castlebar Co. Mayo F23 X853, Galway, Republic of Ireland

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Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)
GMIT Galway Campus, Dublin Rd. Galway H91 T8NW
GMIT Mayo Campus Westport Rd. Castlebar Co. Mayo F23 X853, Galway
Republic of Ireland
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