12 months
18875 EUR/year
18875 EUR/year
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This Design Management programme from Heriot-Watt University Dubai has been developed for those already within a creative industry who are looking to gain core and relevant skills of business and management, as well as those in an established business environment looking to gain experience and knowledge in developing creative strategies.

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Graduates will develop the knowledge to produce insightful projects and instigate problem-solving across all departments and stakeholders that support the product in areas of services, communications, technology, and brand entity.

Why study Design Management at Heriot-Watt University's Dubai Campus?

Design Management enables an organisation to confidently deliver innovative business strategy whilst producing innovatively designed products through creative teams and creative problem-solving.

It allows individuals to develop productive working cultures whilst remaining focused on the customer and staff journey, enabling businesses to acquire the strategy goals via effective design. It blends creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and management.

Design Management develops skills for graduates, managers and executives responsible for making decisions about how design is used in the organisation for product development and associated departments.

What will Design Management students learn?

Students of Design Management programme from Heriot-Watt University Dubai undertake courses and gain knowledge in design thinking and process, sustainable design and management, design technology innovation, HR, marketing, project management and research methods – a blend of creativity, marketing and management considerations both within and outside the business entity.

Students will be able to research, identify and consider a customer journey and evaluate product value as well as translate operations across all departments and processes within the organisation.

Graduates can confidently utilise their new skills to articulate and engage with internal and external communications that stimulate all aspects of the business, including economic and financial factors, researched design innovation and adapting policies and procedures that ensure sound execution of the product.

Our graduates acquire a solid framework of skills allowing them to be a successful manager, balancing the creative and business strategies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Design Thinking
  • Sustainable Design and management
  • Design Management
  • Research Methods
  • Design Tech Innovation
  • Human Resource Management
  • Systems Thinking and Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
First Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • For MSc entry, a good relevant Honours degree (first or second class) or equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered. Given the clear practical element of the programmes, we will also consider non-graduate candidates holding less than a good Honours degree, or its equivalent, but with compensating qualifications or experience may be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma programme. Transfer to the MSc will be possible later on if exams and course work are at MSc level.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18875 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18875 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    18875 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18875 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.

AED 78750

Living costs for Dubai

5300 - 9200 AED /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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