MSc Design Management Course

1. Overview

This postgraduate course in Design Management has been developed to enable you to professionally and knowledgeably manage the design process from inception through to completion and beyond.

Please note there will be no intake to this course in 2014/15. We recommend you consider the MSc Visualisation in Architecture and Built Environment as an alternative.

In the Engineering, Architecture and Construction sector, the number of stakeholders, design and construction teams, and sub-contractors is diverse. Managing projects within these sectors demands accurate communication, continuous collaboration and seamless data exchange between these segmented parties. It is suitable for architects, construction and property professionals and other related disciplines. 

Developed in close collaboration with industry, our MSc Design Management is continually kept up to date with world-wide developments and professionally focused content in areas such as:

  • Innovations in design process management
  • 3D Modelling
  • Project Data Modelling
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)

By developing the managerial, technical and interpersonal skills necessary for the management of complex design processes this course enables you to meet the challenge of pursuing your personal and career objectives. Ensuring that on completion of this course you will understand and be able to strategically manage the people, processes and infrastructure associated with the design management process.

2. What you will study

3. How you will learn

The distance learning Design Management course is a fully on-line course with no attendance on campus other than to attend examinations (Examinations can also be taken locally at the student’s expense). The course is presented via our Virtual Learning Environment (CampusMoodle).

The CampusMoodle infrastructure provides a virtual classroom to deliver the equivalent of on-campus face-to-face staff ­student contact. The learning experience is enhanced through the provision of core reading, supplementary notes, reading lists, case study materials, web links, video footage, synchronous and asynchronous interaction and discussions.  Additionally commercial systems such as Skype are employed to hold online tutorials, guest presentations, virtual site visits and interviews. 

4. Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good Undergraduate Honours degree. Consideration will also be given to students with extensive professional experience.

All international students for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by gaining either IELTS 6.5 or equivalent in TOEFL, prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.

Please note there will be no intake to this course in 2014/15.

5. Placements and accreditations

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

6. Student Funding

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £2,065 Stage 1 (2014 new starts)
  • £2,065 Stage 2 (2014 new starts)
  • £1,370 MSc Dissertation stage (2014 new starts)

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students

  • £1,500 Stage 1
  • £1,500 Stage 2
  • £1,000 MSc Dissertation stage

For Academic Year 2012/2013

UK/EU Students

  • £1,384 Stage 1
  • £1,384 Stage 2
  • £922 MSc Dissertation stage

International Students

  • £2,250 Stage 1
  • £2,250 Stage 2
  • £1,500 MSc Dissertation stage

For Academic Year 2011/2012

All Students

  • £2,405 Stage 1
  • £2,405 Stage 2
  • £1,600 MSc Dissertation stage

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery.

For further information see Student Finance pages


8. How to apply

Applications for admission to postgraduate courses should be made online directly to the University's Admissions Office online at

If you prefer to apply on paper, please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office to request that an application be posted out to you.

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office on +44 (0) 1224 262132 or email

9. Prospects

When you graduate from the course you will be one of the most sought after and well remunerated Graduates. You will acquire the most up to date managerial skills in an emerging and innovative specialism that puts you in a strategic position of leadership for either career advancement or a new career. Presently, a differential exists between the supply and demand for Design Managers in the UK and worldwide. Graduates can choose to work in a number of related fields including the Built Environment, Civil and Heavy Engineering as well as the oil and Gas sector. Employment prospects, nationally and internationally, are currently excellent.

The course provides a vocational experience that equips candidates to meet the challenge of pursuing, with professionalism, flexibility and resourcefulness, their personal objectives in the following areas:

  • Design Management
  • Project Data Management
  • Consultancy and Research in the Built Environment 

10. Assessment

Assessment is done through CW consisting of reports, research projects and small tasks all on Campus Moodle.

11. Meet your course leader

Tahar Kouider is the course leader for Design Management. Tahar has worked as an Architect both in the UK and Internationally.

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Start date

September 2015

Course length

3 years

Mode of Attendance

Distance Learning

Academic school
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment
Accredited By
Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

“I got a huge amount out of the course and found the discipline of study, research and structured writing has benefitted my professional life and approach to work. Thank you and all the staff who have been involved with the course and delivered modules, I have had three informative and structured years studying with you.”

Rowland Smith MSc Design Management Course

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