• Application Deadline
  • 18 months


The Master of Design Strategy and Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology is suitable for designers and non-designers who wish to complement their existing skills with the frameworks, strategies, techniques and tools to solve complex problems. 

Students learn how to integrate design-led strategies into existing practice in business, government agencies, social enterprise and communities. The course prepares students to create, lead and manage new products, systems and services that have a sustainable impact on the economy, society and the environment. They may also undertake study in related areas such as marketing, entrepreneurship and innovation, media and management. Students have the option to participate in study tours and projects with Design Factory Melbourne.

Aims and objectives

The course aims to provide graduates with an understanding of how design, design methods and design strategies integrate with management and innovation. It enables graduates to understand the management of design as a value-add resource in business. It is particularly suitable for ‘mid-career’ designers moving into management or strategy-related positions, or those responsible for managing design resources.

Upon successful completion of the Master of Design Strategy and Innovation, graduates will be able to:

  • investigate and critically evaluate current practices and trends in design practice, strategy and management as they relate to social, cultural, economic and environmental contexts.
  • conceptually and technically investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theory and apply them through independent research and projects on design strategy and innovation.
  • use research principles and methods and communication skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and outcomes to an industry standard.
  • demonstrate critical thinking and evaluative judgement in planning, problem-solving and decision-making during design projects.
  • synthesise and demonstrate the integration of design thinking, design management, strategy, systems.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Design Management
  • Methods for Design Research
  • Designing for Change
  • Strategic Design Practice
  • Design Futures
  • Sustainable Systems Design
  • Design Leadership

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Duration description

      Part-time option only for domestic students. Mid-year entry is available for part-time students.

  • Credits
    150 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

CRICOS code- 088125D

  • Students with a recognised 3-year Bachelor qualification are eligible for entry into the Master of Design Strategy and Innovation.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31200 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31200 AUD per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    26150 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26150 AUD per year and a duration of 18 months.
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Living costs for Melbourne

  • 1501 - 2660 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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