Master of Science (MSc) in Design and Innovation

With an MSc Eng degree in Design and Innovation, you will be equipped to participate in and lead innovation, development and design activities in industry, service organizations, and the public-sector.

Design and Innovation

Study Programme

Engineering Design is the art and science of creating innovative solutions that satisfy our economic, environmental and societal goals. The technical and organizational designs we develop will literally shape our future. As a Design engineer, you will learn how to approach the most complex problems in a structured manner, design for people and society, and gain knowledge on incorporating cutting-edge technology. You will be part of innovation projects that develop products, services and systems.

The study programme provides you with the proper tools and methods for meeting the challenge of combining structured problem solving, user engagement and technical disciplines in a range of innovation projects.

Design and Innovation equips you with the competencies required for carrying out engineering and organizational development design tasks. Therefore, the MSc Eng programme builds on both design science as well as technical disciplines. It is characterised by an academic competency that combines the following aspects:

  • Structured problem-solving processes that develop your creative synthesis competence and consider social, technical, environmental and economic aspects.
  • A people-centric understanding of the design process, allowing you to understand and integrate users and other stakeholders in your design process.
  • A reflective technical-scientific competence, qualifying you to participate in and lead engineering design activities.

The study programme aims to develop your creative skills and abilities to analyse the interaction between the user, technology, organization and environment. You will gain knowledge of one or more technical domains, learn to develop and communicate problem and solution concepts, and implement innovation processes in private and public organizations.

One of the most distinguishing features of the Design and Innovation programme is the long-standing tradition of project work and using different teaching methods. The programme is taught by lecturers from DTU Civil & Mechanical Engineering, DTU Entrepreneurship, DTU Compute, DTU Elektro, DTU Sustain and other departments and centers. By drawing on expertise from across the university, all core areas of the study programme, design methods, system and product design, material technology, innovation management, digital innovation and sustainability are covered.

You will have the opportunity to work in close collaboration with both Danish and international companies - either as part of the courses, as an individual project or while writing your thesis. 

The MSc Eng is a two-year graduate programme with a workload of 120 ECTS credit points.

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Combine work with studies

This study programme is also available as an Industry study programme where you can combine work and study over a 4-year period. Special rules apply.

Industry MSc Eng programmes


MSc Eng graduates from the Design and Innovation programme play a central role in developing future products and systems and devising innovation processes in industry and services.

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