12 months
21871 EUR/year
19113 EUR/year
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The Innovative Business Design program from PolyU Design is an interdisciplinary specialism based on a design-centred entrepreneurship approach, applying integrative design thinking processes and methods to define business opportunities, configure resources, and manage projects with dynamic capability in an era of digital presumption and business uncertainty.

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The aims of this Innovative Business Design program from PolyU Design  are:

  • to foster transdisciplinary knowledge through systematic integration;
  • to impart an understanding of the essentials in design, business and technology;
  • to progress practice-based research and integrative design thinking training;
  • to incubate talents for Hong Kong industries' transformation; and
  • to identify opportunities and resources for improving lives and economies at the local, regional and global levels.


In line with the Scheme's high-level flexible curriculum, the specialism offers an additional option for students to customise their learning experience through choosing one of the four progression pathways: the IBD core pathway, IBD+ISD pathway, IBD+SSD pathway and IBD+TED pathway.

Students can also select a mix of subjects offered by the IBD and the other MDes specialisms, including Intelligent Systems Design (ISD), Smart Service Design (SSD) and Transitional Environment Design (TED), to prepare for their entrepreneurial project.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • In Semester 1, IBD students formulate a knowledge foundation of their domain area, explore the appropriate direction of their development, and develop multidisciplinary collaboration.
  • Semester 2 articulates the core knowledge of Innovate with Lifestyle and Culture and Design for Transformation with a holistic view of design's value in the new business context created by human-centred design thinking and new technologies.
  • Summer Term is for self-reflection and career preparation. Every student completes at least three projects at the end of this one-year programme: the interdisciplinary project, the theme-based project and the entrepreneurial project.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent in design, business, humanities or a technological field is required, preferably with two years of relevant professional experience. Candidates with other tertiary qualifications complemented by substantial relevant professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic/ work)
  • Evidence of academic qualification, i.e. degree certificate(s)/diploma(s) and final official transcript(s)
  • Portfolio 
  • All admissions must go through the interview process. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview either in-person or online.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21871 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21871 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    19113 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19113 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • Tuition: HK$174,600 (local) / HK$199,800 (non-local); 
  • Initial tuition fee: HK$19,400 (local) / HK$55,000 (non-local)

Living costs for Kowloon

12000 - 22000 HKD /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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