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  • Postgraduate taught
  • MA/MSc

Innovation Design Engineering

Develop the skills required to become a leader in creative, entrepreneurial design.

Develop the skills required to become a leader in creative, entrepreneurial design

Understand the integrated relationships between creative engineering and the interplay of form, aesthetics and style

Gain real-world experience of design and engineering practice across solo and group projects

Course key facts

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any subject (inclusive of industry experience and/or apprenticeships – please contact us for details)

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Course overview

Acquire the skills to become a leader in creative entrepreneurial design on this joint Master's course, which leads to the award of the MA (Royal College of Art) and MSc (Imperial College London).

Renowned for producing world-leading designers for companies including Apple, Sony and Samsung, this programme provides rigorous training in key aspects of design innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Both individually and within teams, you'll work at the centre of complex projects. These will be focused on prototyping and proving design and enterprise propositions.

You'll also apply your learning to “real world” design and engineering practice. This includes building familiarity with commercialisation and funding opportunities, licensing and intellectual property, startups, and the role of the entrepreneur.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

In the first year, you’ll embark on a range of taught modules, workshops and masterclasses to develop skills and experience.

Year 1

The second year programme of work sees you working independently, developing your individual and professional agency.

Year 2

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
    Personal and group tutorials
  • Seminars
  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Workshops
  • Person giving feedback
    Formal reviews

Balance of assessment


  • Group project
  • Solo project

  • 33% Group project
  • 67% Solo project

Assessment methods

  • Person completing coursework
    Individual and group coursework
  • Papers from a written report
    Written reports and portfolios
  • Movies
  • Person making a presentation
    Practicals and demonstrations
  • Oral presentation
  • Oral exam

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply online

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry

Set by RCA

The tuition fees for this course are set and charged by the RCA.

Overseas fee

2024 entry

Set by RCA

The tuition fees for this course are set and charged by the RCA.

How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Integrate Imperial's science, technology and engineering expertise with Royal College of Art's creative design skills.

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We have been offering this degree programme for over 40 years.


Graduates of Innovation Design Engineering are thought leaders on an international scale.

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Many end up in creative, design, or engineering directorships.

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On leaving the programme, many graduates start their own businesses.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications