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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, career opportunities for graduates of this programme will be numerous.

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 transdisciplinary approaches towards – design solutions, including products, interactions, systems and services.

During the programme, you will gain specialist skills while maintaining a generalist, transdisciplinary outlook towards design and have the opportunity to carry out your own design research project.

Why should I study Industrial Design at XJTLU?

  • Benefit from the Department of Industrial Design's strong links with international institutions and companies, giving you opportunities for internships, networking events and industry site visits
  • Enjoy a diverse programme with a wide range of design specialties and representations, depending on your interests and career ambitions
  • Take advantage of opportunities to visit University of Liverpool's Liverpool and London campuses
  • Earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Knowledge and skills

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

  • a transdisciplinary understanding of design with the ability to develop and evaluate new investigative methods and approaches
  • undertaken a final project with either an academic emphasis to prepare for doctoral study or a more applied, industry focus
  • strong critical, creative thinking and communication skills.
The MDes Industrial Design programme provides professionals with the latest international design and research knowledge, to help you further develop your own unique profile within the booming global creative industry.
Richard Appleby
Programme director


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.