New GMIT Masters brings together Engineering and Design

Galway daily news Free GMIT food entrepreneurship course course returns

A collaboration between the schools of Engineering, Business, and Design & Creative Arts at GMIT has produced a groundbreaking new postgraduate course launching this September.

The Master of Science in Design & Innovation postgraduate course was co-developer by six departments at GMIT working with industry partners including Thermo King and Avaya, and representatives of IDA Ireland.

It brings the practice of ‘design thinking’ to multiple disciplines including traditional engineering and R&D, but also looks at how it can be applied to services and the public sector.

“In these challenging times, addressing current business and societal challenges will require skills in creativity and innovation,” explains Dr Gabriel J Costello, lecturer in Engineering at GMIT and the new course head.

“The Level 9 course is for employees who want to upskill in the areas of design and innovation while continuing to work part-time or full-time.”

“It will be beneficial to a broad number of sectors such as medtech, technology, agri, design, manufacturing, the service industries and the public sector.”

The two year course was created to to address skills shortages in the west of Ireland which has been highlighted in reports such as the National Planning Framework: Project Ireland 2040.

The course is 100% project based, combining on-line and remote learning with team based classes every second Saturday of the month.

“The masters employs a ‘learning by doing’ approach inspired by the Stanford d. School’s design philosophy, which is having increasing influence in Higher Educational Institutes around the world”.

GMIT will hold an Open Evening webinar on Thursday, May 28, at 6pm where teaching staff will be available to discuss and answer questions on the programme.

To attend this online event, please join that evening using the link on the GMIT homepage


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