PolyU Design offers Master and PhD postgraduate programs in a wide selection of areas. These programs include:
Professional Taught Master Program
Master of Design (Design Education)
This program is directed to those with professional experience in design, both with and without tertiary teaching experience. Doing design and teaching design, while complementary, are not the same. more...
Master of Design (Design Practices)
This program is a hands-on, studio-based specialism directed to students who wish to deepen their innovative abilities, who are curious about design and business integration, and who enjoy the creative form challenges of making objects and ideas that improve people's lives.more...
Master of Design (Design Strategies)
This program is directed to people who are established in their careers and wish to deepen and enhance their strategic thinking and methods by integrating design, business, and technology. The specialism is intended for both designers and non-designers with professional experience in communication, brand management, production, marketing, engineering, or teaching.more...
Master of Design (Interaction Design)
This program is directed to students with a passion for people and technology, who have curiosity about the future and want to shape how information is accessed and used, how environments might change based on need, or how embedded information in products support use. more...
Master of Design (International Design and Business Management)
A multidisciplinary specialism based on an integrative design thinking management approach, pulling together professional knowledge in the areas of design, business and technological fields to achieve ‘managing design as a competitive strategy’ in an international business setting. more...
Master of Design (Urban Environments Design)
This full-time international postgraduate program responds to the unprecedented urban transformations occurring during the past few decades in Hong Kong and China... more...
Master of Science in Multimedia & Entertainment Technology
This program is directed to people who are interested in the development of digital and entertainment technology, the translation of these developments to applications, and its expressive uses for the dissemination of information and entertainment.more...
Both the MPhil and PhD degrees focus on applied research in the School of Design in the following areas: Design and People, Design and Environment, Design and Technology, Design and Business, and Teaching and Learning Design. Students with intellectual curiosity regarding design and with significant personal discipline will find these rewarding learning opportunities.
The Master of Philosophy degree can be a steppingstone to a PhD degree or it can prepare an individual for research in industry from a very practical perspective. It involves deep investigation to understand the history of a domain and its prospects, and it may involve development of original research guided by an advisor. Work is undertaken independently with frequent advisory sessions. The end result is a thesis that describes the domain, the research methods employed, the findings, and the significance of the work.
The Doctor of Philosophy degree is a terminal degree in design; it prepares an individual for rigorous research and an academic career. Original research is a requirement. This work may be based on a problem or opportunity usually expressed as a research question. Students become familiar with various research methods and develop skill in the methods they apply answer their research question. The end result is a dissertation that describes the importance of the question, methods used to answer it, the findings that emerge from research, it's meaning to design application, and it's possible further investigation. The goal is to make an original contribution to design's knowledge base.