Design Thinking for Innovative Problem Solving (115N1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

Design thinking is a human-centered and collaborative approach to defining and solving problems. It can be applied to a range of contexts, including (re)development of products, services, processes, strategies and business models.

Design thinking allows you to solve tough and complex problems in a creative and collaborative way. As a designer you will be seeking to understand people, challenge assumptions, (re)define problems and generate innovative solutions which you can prototype and test.

This module gives you a project-based, collaborative and hands-on learning approach. This will equip you with the conceptual and practical skills to apply this new mindset to problem-solving, both in professional life and beyond.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Group submission (written), Professional log)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 120 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.