M.Sc. Integrated Product Design

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR13650 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
Delft University of Technology | Delft, Netherlands
The Integrated Product Design (IPD) Masterís programme focuses on teaching how to design user-centered innovative products and product service combinations, based on a balance between the interests of users, business and societal challenges.

Description of Integrated Product Design


Over the past decades products have become more and more complex; whether it is added functionality or tougher recycling demands. Logically the design of successful products has become increasingly complex as well; the master of Integrated Product Design teaches how to bring these complex aspects together.

It covers the entire design process, starting from a design brief and ending with a complete product that is fit for mass or small series production. Thus the emphasis of the IPD master is on teaching conceptualisation and embodiment design, by applying systematic state-of-the-art theories and methodologies, and by integrating user, technology and business aspects. The identity of the IPD Masterís programme is determined by the coherent integration of all these aspects to come to a successful new product proposal; this makes the IPD Masterís programme challenging, exciting and unique.

The international product development arena is changing rapidly; products are becoming smarter, better integrated into systems and have to comply with increasingly stringent standards. Product development is moving from an inter-disciplinary to a transdisciplinary occupation, becoming more knowledge intensive and therefore in need of continuous updates of tools and methods.

The IPD Masterís programme provides an integrated approach to the disciplines involved: advanced studies in innovative design theory and methods, aesthetics, ergonomics, engineering, and sustainability. The IPD curriculum includes multidisciplinary applied research on innovative product development embedded in its product design projects.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline April
Tuition fee
  • EUR 13650 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1951 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

First year

Generic and Professional Skills - 3 EC Shared master courseThe 3 GPS days, which take place the first three days of each semester (except for the fourth), consist of group activities, lectures, individual assignments and presentations. Students will practice their teamwork and presentation skills in group and individual assignments, and sharpen their interest areas and formulate proposal ideas for the graduation project.

Advanced Concept Design - 21 EC Master specific course including projectThe course Advanced Concept Design (ACD) focuses on the conceptualization phase of the product design process in a real design project with a company. The course begins with a design challenge, co-created by the experts and the company, and finishes with a product concept, which is elaborated in a sense of usability, aesthetical quality/value, technical working principles & materialization and its cultural & societal impact. The different areas of expertise involved in this course are:

Applied Ergonomics Exploration (AEE)Students have to prove their ability to adequately select and apply these methods such as user observation, interviews and questionnaires, for the benefit of the CDPís design challenge.

Design, Culture & Society (DCS)In this area of expertise, theory and methods will be offered concerning the role products (can) play in shaping society and vice versa. Design, Culture and Society focusses on cultural studies (material culture, design history and cultural anthropology) and philosophy of technology.

Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)Students will get an insight into the main components of cyber-physical systems (e.g. sensors, actuators, networking and communication technologies, smart materials) and learn about the fundamentals of system smartness.

Product Communication and Presentation (PCP)As presentation techniques and portfolio work become increasingly important to designers who want to standout and stay competitive, students will acquire this understanding of visual information.

Concept Design Project (CDP)A student design team explores the company and performs design related research within the scope of the design challenge concerning the different areas of expertise. Students gain new insights about user needs, cultural & societal experience, and potential emerging technologies, resulting in a personal design vision which will be individually translated into a feasible concept.

Internationalisation - 3 EC Shared master course

The profession of industrial designer has become international is several ways, involving having to face international aspects of product development and management and working in international teams. In order to prepare students for industrial design engineering in the international context, they will be reflecting on the international context of the industrial design engineering profession.

Second year

Joint Master Project - 12 EC Shared master project

The Joint Master Project, carried out in collaboration with students in the Design for Interaction and Strategic Product Design programmes, is a design assignment covering a complete product development process from a strategic product plan and concept development to building a prototype and making a plan for the market introduction.

Managing Product Innovation - 3 EC Master specific courseThis MPI course provides you with a preliminary preparation on inter-functional communication and management of design. The content of the course addresses management and organization of design assignments in contexts, similar to your future working contexts, of in-company - or network projects.

Strategic and Sustainable Design - 3 EC Master specific courseThis course will address the business case for sustainable innovation, within the context of multinationals, SMEs, design agencies and entrepreneurial start-ups. This course will challenge you to consider sustainable strategies and innovations that will help businesses in creating long-term competitive advantage.

Graduation Project - 33 EC Master specific projectThe last semester is fully devoted to the Graduation Project, which may be undertaken in a company setting or within one of the research groups of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. The graduation project is considered to be a stepping stone to a future professional career. A high level of independence is therefore expected from the student in planning and executing the assignment and in acquiring knowledge, understanding and skills.


In all of the IDE Masterís curricula, 18 EC is reserved for electives. This gives students the freedom and responsibility to shape their own development, to match their professional interests and ambitions. In this way, students can create their own profile. Students who want to broaden their learning can take masterís courses at other universities, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Furthermore, they can take courses at other TU Delft faculties. For those students who want to increase the depth of their development as a design engineer, IDE offers more than 50 different electives. It is also possible for students to sign up for courses from one of the other IDE masterís programmes.

English Language Requirements

Requirements for Integrated Product Design

There is no limit to the number of places in the MSc programmes of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. All students are eligible to apply. Every application will be reviewed on an individual basis by the selection committee of the MSc programme. Admission will be based on an evaluation of all documents that you are required to send in. For admission to Integrated Product Design (IPD) an academic credential closely related to industrial design will enhance chances of acceptance. An engineering-based design degree of bachelor level is preferred. Work experience and non-degree coursework will also be taken into consideration.

The IPD programme requires design skills, analytical skills and the attitude to combine creativity with systematic thinking. Products are designed for people, therefore knowledge of aesthetics/ form giving and ergonomics is required. Products need to be technically sound, therefore knowledge of mechanics, materials and production technologies is essential. Students need to be able to design and communicate the design intent effectively, therefore knowledge of design methods and techniques, and (hand) drawing and 3D rendering skills is required. For the context of IPD a general awareness of the importance of coupling human aspects, technology aspects and business aspects is important.

Candidates should self-reflect in terms of the competences mentioned above, and make visible to what extent they possess them in the letter of motivation and portfolio. If the total set of competences is sufficiently robust, candidates may be admitted in spite of small deficiencies in one of the aforementioned competences, under the condition that they follow a homologation course at the start of the MSc programme (usually in electronics or drawing techniques).


The MSc programme in Integrated Product Design starts twice a year. Students can start either in the beginning of September (fall semester) or in the beginning of February (spring semester).

Work Experience for Integrated Product Design

No work experience is required.

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