MSC International Management & Design Innovation

This masters programme is offered by The University of Glasgow and taught in partnership with The Glasgow School of Art.

While management and business lectures are delivered at GU, the GSA elements of the programme are geared towards providing students with a skillset in design process and critical thinking. The programme is delivered over one year, in three stages of 15 weeks via a series of taught workshops, tutorials, studio projects, lecture and seminar based sessions and self-directed learning. The emphasis of the programme rationale is on the interplay between user-led practices of Design Innovation, underpinned by the social, technological and economic context of contemporary business management models and design practice.

Students will be expected to engage in a high level of self-directed learning, research and independent critical reflection, as well as participating in the taught elements of the course of study in studio projects.

The programme aims to prepare students for several potential pathways in a future career: entry into a professional design/management consultancy environment; work as an independent consultant; start-up enterprise; entry level management post in MNC, SME and public sector; further academic study by research.

Course structure
The programme is based in Glasgow and centres on collaborative, multi-disciplinary group work, undertaken in an open studio space. There may also be opportunities to study at the GSA’s Highlands and Islands campus. Students are supported by regular tutorials and review sessions, as well as numerous workshops and lectures.

An international studio
Students benefit from strong links with other academic institutions across Europe and internationally (USA, India and China). The course is taught in a truly collaborative studio setting that brings together students from around the world, e.g. UK, China, India, South Korea, Japan and South America.

Our international links provide an opportunity to gain experience that is relevant on a global platform. You will experience our annual Winter School, which is a collaboration with students and faculty from schools such as The Royal Academy of Art & Design (Copenhagen) and KISD (Køln), while participants from Japan and the USA may also feature.

Programme Director
Dr. Gordon Hush
Programme Leader
Don McIntyre
Programme Co-ordinator
Dr. Iain Reid
Studio Leader
Dr. Iain Reid
Studio Tutor
Elio CaccavaleDr. Brian Dixon


More information about this course is available on The Glasgow School of Art’s website.

Applications for this course should be made through Glasgow University, where further information is available.