Design Management

Northumbria University

M.A. Online
24 months
7170 GBP/year
7170 GBP/year
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The Design Management course from Northumbria University will help you to successfully manage the entire design process and effectively utilise its power within your organisation.


Hone your creativity with the Design Management course from Northumbria University.

Perfect for creatives, entrepreneurs and business leaders alike, this course will empower you to build a bridge between the artistic world of design and the logical world of business. You’ll improve your knowledge of the design process, innovation and thinking, and gain the strategic skills you need to push your career to the next level.

We’ve designed our MA to be flexible. You can complete the course in as little as two years or take longer if you need to (up to four years). Plus, you’ll be free to study whenever and wherever you want, while having access to great teaching and online research facilities, and be able to pay for your fees in module by module instalments, spreading the cost out over the duration of your course.

This is your Design Management course, your way.  

Your Future

This course was designed with your employability in mind. Our modules work together to give you a holistic view of design strategies, management and thinking so that you can successfully manage the complete design process, and harness its power within a corporate context.

You’ll also develop vital transferable skills, whether it’s being able to approach problem solving more creatively or conduct research to a Masters level.

For creatives, your new strategic design knowledge will help you to become an effective leader within the management of design, and provide a stepping stone into a more senior role in industry, such as creative director, design manager or chief design officer.  

For business people, you’ll build the creative knowhow needed to approach complex problems differently and to manage organisational growth through brand, new product and service opportunities and strategic innovation. This will help you to push your organisation to the next level of success.  

As a Northumbria student, you’ll be able to tap into our Careers and Employment Service, which offers a range of resources and support online.

Our Design School graduates go on to achieve great things - our alumni include:

  • Sir Jonathan Ive –  Chief Design Officer at Apple
  • Rob Law, MBE –  Founder of Trunki
  • Nicola Morgan – Designer at Lanvin, Paris
  • Tim Brown – Chief Executive, IDEO

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research for, and through, Design
  • Design Thinking
  • Design Management 1: Articulating Value 
  • Contemporary and Cultural Influences on Design
  • Design Process 
  • Design Management: Strategy 
  • Design Management Thesis

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

You are advised to apply early to secure your place.




180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

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).
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in design or a related discipline. Applicants with appropriate work experience and/or a relevant professional qualification will be considered.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7170 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7170 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7170 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7170 GBP 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.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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Updated over a year ago

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