• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
Design (MDes) International Design and Business Management from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is a multidisciplinary specialism based on an integrative design thinking management approach, pulling together professional knowledge in the areas of design, business and technological fields to achieve "managing design as a competitive strategy" in an international business setting.

About

Globalisation in business and education has rapidly diminished boundaries between countries, cultures, and economies. 

Design (MDes) International Design and Business Management from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University will provide a ‘meeting point’ for students and faculties amongst the collaborative institutes from different regions of the world, which enables cross-cultural and -disciplinary project teams to solve and manage real-life design, business and technical problems. 

ID&BM is targeting intakes distributed across Hong Kong, mainland Chinese and international students, and across design, business and technological fields.

Aims

ID&BM aims to nurture "T-shaped professionals" with high-level competencies to better understand and manage global business dynamic and to function in and contribute to design-sensitive and technological-intensive business environments. These competences enable students to lead the transformation of their respective local enterprises and to challenge existing mindset in technological innovations, product and service designs from an integrative design thinking management approach. 

Ultimately, ID&BM aims to create an impact at the regional and global levels by meeting future talents demand of well-balanced business developers, entrepreneurs, products and services innovators.

Objectives

Students, irrespective of their disciplinary background, learn together to nurture a new mindset and attitude where cross-disciplinary stimulation is the foundation of innovation. They will: 

  • apply theories and concepts of the three domains underpinning this specialism
  • evaluate cultural differences and their implications for leadership and effective management of design and business activities
  • identify and evaluate the means by which value creation may be managed 
  • participate effectively in the design, implementation and comprehensive evaluation of projects involving multidisciplinary and multicultural teams
  • demonstrate the ability to view, frame and resolve design issues by adopting multiple perspectives 
  • understand and perform the integrative design thinking roles of a T-shaped professional in a business environment

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Vision and Change
  • Theory/Method Subjects 
  • Essential Design Theories and Concepts
  • Essential Business Theories and Concepts
  • Essential Integration of Technologies in Design & Business Innovation
  • Managing Value Creation
  • Lifestyles, Cultures and Innovation
  • Cross-cultural Management

Audience

Intended for those who are inspired to drive innovation in a multi-disciplinary team-based environment. For business developers, entrepreneurs, product designers, and service innovators motivated by “for-profit” and “for-benefit” goals.

Lecturers

Dr. Sylvia Liu, Mr. Benny Leong

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Early Round: December 13, 2019 

    Round 1: January 11, 2020

    Round 2: March 6, 2020

    Round 3: April 30, 2020

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    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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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

    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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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in Design, or Business, or Technological fields, or the equivalent in a related discipline preferably with 2 years relevant professional experience. 

Candidates with other tertiary qualifications complemented with substantial relevant professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24432 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24435 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    21456 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21461 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Tuition fees shown in USD is for reference only. 

Per credit tuition: 5,300 (non-local) / 4,650 (local)

Programme tuition: 190,800 (non-local) / 167,400 (local)

Funding

  • No scholarship is available for non-local students
  • Non-local students may seek external sources of funding from legitimate government sponsors (e.g. ministry of education, national agencies), businesses or non-profit organisations that support aspiring individuals to study internationally.
  • Some sponsors may require a letter of acceptance to certify the tuition fees and living expenses for study abroad. We are able to issue this letter after applicants receive a Notice of Offer. Notice of Offer from the Early Round will be available around mid-February.

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