MA/MSc Programme Description

Global Innovation Design

NEW ROUTES FOR GID: We offer three different routes through the GID programme. In addition to the original London – New York – Tokyo route, we will be introducing two new and exciting journeys. The first will be London – Beijing – USA, with new Chinese partner Tsinghua University, and a new USA partner to be announced very soon. In addition to these two international city routes, the third route will have a regional focus in East Asia, specifically London – Beijing – South-east Asia. Students on this route will join their colleagues at Tsinghua and then travel on to a location in South-east Asia, and again the regional partner will be announced very soon. These new routes represent an exciting expansion of the programme, and we look forward to shaping these new educational experiences with talented students in the future. Applicants will be asked their preference of route at interview, and will be made an offer of a place on one route if successful. 

Note: These changes are subject to validation by the RCA and Imperial College London

The educational aims of the Global Innovation Design (GID) programme are to:

  • Provide a unique multidisciplinary, multicultural and multinational educational experience for postgraduate students of exceptional ability who aspire to become key innovators and leaders of innovation for a globalised world.
  • Bring together the complementary expertise and resources of four leading institutions based in three international centres of design to provide a rich spectrum of postgraduate learning opportunities across design, engineering, technology, culture, commerce and industry.
  • Produce innovative graduates who can apply high-level understanding, creativity and skills to global challenges.
  • Produce graduates who will create or find key positions in the private, public or not-for-profit sectors, e.g. as international entrepreneurs or creative directors and leaders of innovation strategy in international corporations, consultancies, government organisations or NGOs.
  • Produce graduates who seek to apply their ability as innovators in addressing the key social, environmental, cultural and economic challenges of the 21st century.
  • Encourage and facilitate international collaboration between the participating institutions with a view to enhancing scholarship and collaboration in postgraduate teaching and developing collaborative research activity.

The programme Learning Outcomes of the Global Innovation Design (GID) are:

1. Knowledge and Understanding

Students should be able to demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding of:

  • the principles and methods of design-led and engineering-led research.
  • the technological, environmental, cultural and economic impact of their propositions.
  • multidisciplinary and multicultural perspectives on design, technology and innovation.
  • the responsibilities and demands of leadership in professional life.

2. Skills and other Attributes

Intellectual Engagement. Students should be able to:

  • Employ advanced critical thinking to generate innovative solutions to complex design and engineering challenges.
  • Employ advanced analytical thinking to demonstrate the feasibility, desirability and viability of design and engineering innovations.
  • Imaginatively and effectively communicate knowledge and ideas so as to promote understanding of global design issues and solutions to expert and non-expert audiences alike.

Technical Skills. Students should be able to: 

  • Effectively employ advanced techniques for idea generation and opportunity identification in order to create proposals for innovative projects.
  • Effectively employ advanced techniques for concept development to refine initial ideas into realisable propositions.
  • Demonstrate a mastery of prototyping, manufacturing and testing physical products, services and user experiences in order to realise design ambitions.

Professionalism. Students should be able to:

  • Devise and implement high-level strategies that address global challenges.
  • Manage complex international projects that accommodate diverse working cultures.
  • Demonstrate entrepreneurship in the identification and realisation of design proposals.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the diverse expectations and experiences of international collaborators.
  • Define his or her professional identity through a holistic understanding of the global market.
  • Participate as an active, thoughtful and responsible member of diverse teams.


240 credits
Two-year programme
Full-time study