• Application Deadline
  • 24 months


Throughout this coursework-based degree, you’ll focus on social and global innovation, and will develop key skills in service design, interaction design and entrepreneurial practices.

The course structure allows for projects and problems from both the public and private sectors to be used as vehicles of learning and application. You’ll be encouraged to build your degree in a manner which suits your personal career goals and aspirations. With a well-rounded knowledge of design thinking and innovation, you’ll graduate ready to impress in a range of industries.

Study a Master of Design Strategies at University of Canberra and you will:

  • interpret and solve complex problems using design thinking techniques and processes
  • identify and evaluate concepts and theories dealing with service design, design innovation and entrepreneurialism in design
  • develop and review an iterative process of design using models and prototypes to test and evaluate solutions to a wide variety of design problems
  • integrate design knowledge and ideas to communicate design solutions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • prepare and present professional design strategies to create solutions to social issues of global importance
  • create business plans, pitch ideas, and develop branding and integrated communication plans for design concepts
  • apply established theories in practice-led research techniques, formative thinking, and reflective and critical practice to create innovative design solutions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods in Built Environment and Design 
  • Creative Thinking 
  • Ubiquitous Computing and Internet of Things 
  • Designpreneurship 
  • Visualisation and Prototyping 
  • Service Design 
  • Strategic Design for New Economies 
  • Design Led Innovation 
  • Innovation Toolbox 
  • Design Incubator 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      Standard 2 years full-time or equivalent. Maximum 6 years.

  • Credits
    48 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

  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent as approved by the University Admissions Committee.
  • In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors including English proficiency, academic record and/or employment experience.
  • Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Design Strategies can articulate into the Masters program.
  • Vertical integration with an undergraduate degree is meritorious. Only high achieving students will be considered for inclusion.
CRICOS Code: 095573K

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32900 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32900 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    22300 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22300 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Canberra

  • 1425 - 2510 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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