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Cranfield University: Design Thinking

Institution Cranfield University View institution profile
Department Cranfield University
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Innovative companies today (large or small) strive for excellence to create the next breakthrough innovation - whether that be to advance technology, stay competitive in the market place, or to provide positive change for a more sustainable future. To achieve this, companies need to maintain their competitive edge, employing talented professionals with creative ideas and vision, coupled with the skills to pioneer with confidence. We believe that Design Thinking is a powerful process that when mastered will empower our professional learners to unlock their creative potential to generate novel ideas and to translate these ideas into tangible and impactful outputs for innovation. This course has been carefully designed to advance your knowledge of Design Thinking and you will benefit from working alongside leading academics with confidence to generate convincing ideas in Cranfield’s world-class facilities. Cranfield’s strong industrial links provides you with the opportunity to apply Design Thinking in practice with a company, to improve your opportunity of job success, enhancing your professional skills and innovation design portfolio, and provide you with the ‘know how’ to develop your long-term career as a creative professional working towards a more sustainable future.

Who is it for? The course is designed for (but not exclusive to) creative professionals with an aspiration to use Design Thinking to advance their career. It aims to develop creative design literate engineers, scientists and management postgraduates providing tools and techniques to visualise complex data flows and strategic communication processes. It is suitable for graduates from a variety of disciplines.

Why this course?

If you are a professional wanting to advance your career using Design Thinking, then this course is perfect for you. All students on this course will be expected to work on solving several complex challenges set by companies, manage a project from start to completion, and the opportunity to rub shoulders with executive-level decision makers or senior innovation managers.

Powered by the Centre for Competitive Creative Design (C4D), this masters in Design Thinking exploits existing expertise within Cranfield’s School of Water, Energy and Environment and School of Management.

Master of Design - MDes

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert

Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip

Cranfield University


Cranfield is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

We have many world-class, large-scale facilities, including our own global research airport, which offers a unique environment for transformational education and research, living laboratory for testing transformative technologies and new approaches to deliver enhanced social, economic and environmental outcomes. 

Cranfield teaches over 5,000 postgraduate students each year and employs around 1,500 academic and support staff.  Our staff-to-student ratio is one of the best for any university in the UK.

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