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Design and Innovation 

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
15000 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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With an MSc degree in Design and Innovation from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), you will be equipped to participate in and head innovation and development activities in industry, services, and public-sector organizations.

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The ability to generate innovation plays an increasing role in addressing many global issues in a way that also ensures the survival of the welfare society. Design engineers gain knowledge and competencies enabling them to contribute to innovation activities and the development of products and systems in which the environment and social issues are taken into consideration.

The study programme provides you with the proper tools and methods for meeting the challenge of combining multiple technical disciplines with knowledge of user needs and creating innovative products, services, and systems.

Study programme focus

Design and Innovation at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) focuses on equipping the students with the competencies required for carrying out engineering tasks with emphasis on design. Therefore, the MSc programme comprises both technical-scientific and social science disciplines and is characterised by an academic competency that combines:

  • A socio-technical understanding of products and systems in their social and technical context
  • A creative synthesis competence relating to social, technical, and aesthetic aspects
  • A reflective technical-scientific competence, qualifying the MSc student to participate in the technical development

The study programme aims to develop your creative skills and abilities to analyse the interaction between the user, technology, and company. You will gain knowledge of one or more technical domains and learn to develop concepts and implement innovation processes that are more far-reaching than product and system development.

Focus areas

The study programme contains no study lines, but you can specialize in one of the four recommended focus areas:

  • Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Product Design
  • Sustainability and Eco-design
  • User Experience and Systems Design

Furthermore, you have every opportunity to design your own study programme and career by choosing from the wide range of elective courses offered at DTU.

Job opportunities and areas of employment

Design and Innovation graduates have a host of job opportunities—in both private and public companies and as self-employed. 

Examples of possible jobs and areas of employment are:

  • Product developer/engineer
  • Management
  • Entrepreneur/freelancer
  • Researcher

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Product development in an organizational context
  • Strategy, design and market
  • Advanced Design Methods
  • Holistic Design of Engineering Systems
  • Industrial Design
  • Biomimetics and bio-inspired design (BID)
  • Staging co-creation and creativity
  • Technology and Innovation Management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Bachelors with relevant engineering education from other universities than DTU have access to admission based on an individual evaluation. The academic requirements are one or two design projects and courses that provide the applicant with the knowledge and skills that are achieved during the completion of a BSc in Design & Innovation at DTU. 

As a minimum this include the following competences:

  • design activities using design methods,
  • concept development,
  • industrial design,
  • socio-technical analysis and design demonstrating interaction with users
  • mechanics or materials (a minimum af 5 ECTS)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Design and Innovation
Technical University of Denmark (DTU)


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