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CHINA - Mainland CHINA - Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan GLOBAL


Growth in China will redefine patterns of consumption, production, and cultural appropriation domestically and globally for generations to come. As China-based companies shift to a designed-in-China strategy and international companies seek to design for the Chinese market, there will be a growing number of high profile design opportunities for Industrial Design Masters at a strategic level.

The MDes Industrial Design programme is for graduates or professionals with design or engineering backgrounds, who want to deepen their design and design research thinking. You will develop an appreciation for – and practice transformative approaches towards – design solutions, including products, interaction design and environment systems

During the programme, you will gain specialist knowledge and skills whilst broadening your design practice experience through individual research projects and final prototype development work for exhibition and manufacture.

Why should I study Industrial Design at XJTLU?

  • Benefit from the Department of Industrial Design's strong links with international Design studios and manufacturing companies, giving you opportunities for internships and first design commissions.
  • Enjoy a broad creative programme with a wide range of design specialties and representations, depending on your interests and career ambitions
  • Take advantage of Design competitions, study visits to Europe and collaborative Design projects with industry
  • Earn a prestigious Masters Degree as a competitive step towards becoming a fully qualified designer in international studios.

Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the MDes Industrial Design, you will have:

  • an original creative approach with the ability to develop and explore new design ideas and applications
  • undertaken a final major design project to prepare you for a responsible design studio role within industry, or a project with an academic structure to prepare for doctoral study.
  • strong critical, creative thinking, creative and communication skills.
Our students become creative, independent, and innovative designers, equipped with specialist knowledge to engage with real-world scenarios set within the growing need for Sustainable Development. Uniquely situated within China, The Master of Industrial Design at XJTLU supports you to become visionary leaders in both research and industry.
Martijn Rigters
Programme director


  • Core modules


  • Additional learning activities

    The completion of additional learning activities is required to obtain your master degree. The programme includes a total of 600 hours of Additional Learning Activities, most of which are chosen individually by students. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester. They should normally be spread equally over teaching semesters and the summer and winter breaks.

Industrial Design at XJTLU is an interdisciplinary course. There is a lot of opportunity to explore and try out different things. You learn to view all issues from many perspectives and become a creative problem solver. In my opinion, this is one of the most important skills you can learn at university for a successful career.
Eva Carocci
Student, MDes Industrial Design


Graduates from this programme are well prepared for careers as design practitioners and design managers. The programme also offers a solid foundation for graduates wishing to pursue further study in a design-related PhD.