Choosing your Master’s degree in Design

Through our postgraduate programme, C4D - named one of the world's best design schools by BusinessWeek - develops forward-thinking professionals able to integrate creativity and design thinking in management, engineering, communication and commerce.

Operating globally, we lead pioneering research in strategic creativity, the circular economy, and breakthrough innovation. We integrate creativity into business and are acknowledged as a trusted brand for industry in delivering high-impact research. We work with organisations to improve their capabilities and identify new insights, translating them into commercially successful solutions through informed creativity. Our graduates progress on to become thought leaders and CEOs of creative companies,  leading in excellence of disruptive innovation and transformational research.

We collaborate with international best practice organisations such as Procter and Gamble, Cisco, Oxfam, Whirlpool, SAB Miller and IBM to develop new leading-edge tools, and innovative product and service solutions, giving our students real-world experience.

Our current research deals with the grand challenges that influence design policy, idea management, insight development and sustainable design. Our research expertise is underpinned by our unique 'visual thinking' tools and techniques that help develop the capability to systematically collect, cluster and decode insights.

We believe in the value of ‘design-thinking’ and in doing so provide a new strategic offering to organisations that strive to build and implement new consumer-experiences. This philosophy blends together our excellent teaching and research practice to make dreams a reality.

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Explore our portfolio of Design CPD short courses

A range of scholarships and bursaries are available, making postgraduate study more accessible and ensuring that we attract a high calibre of students to our courses.

People and industry

Design courses are taught by subject specialists at Cranfield and invited guest speakers from industry. We collaborate with international best practice organisations such as P&G, BSkyB and IBM to develop new leading edge tools and innovative product and service solutions. This gives students the opportunity to work nationally and internationally on exciting collaborative projects. Visits to industry trade shows and factory visits further support the industry driven approach to realising commercial design projects.

Career Progression

At Cranfield we work closely with leading industry employers. This ensures that our students are fully trained as professional design thinkers and innovators, who are equipped with a unique skill set that meets the needs of industry now and in the future. Our graduates can be found around the world implementing design-driven innovation for business success.

Previous students have gone on to jobs within prestigious institutions including: Sky, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Microsoft, Starbucks, Airbus.

Global alumni networks

When you chose to study at Cranfield you become part of our diverse, dynamic and unique global alumni network of leading experts.