Key information

Location
Scottish Borders
Mode of delivery
On-campus
Delivery type
Full-time, Part-time
Start date
September, January
Duration
1 year
Qualification
MA

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Overview

For graduates with a creative background wishing to transition into one of the many digital design industries.

The programme examines the disruption caused by the world's fourth industrial revolution. With emerging technological breakthroughs in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles and drones, smart materials and many more, the role of design and innovation in digital media and technology is critical in generating solutions and advancing society.

In addition, students will learn hard skills that are in high demand across the digital sector. These skills include coding, digital imagery design, moving image and motion graphic design, digital brand strategy, user interface design and UX design.

The masters includes live industry projects with design-led companies, and the option of international travel to trade and industry shows.

September 2024 entry

The deadline for applications from UK students is 30 August 2024. For EU and overseas applicants, we guarantee to consider applications submitted by 2 August 2024.

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Course content

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Creative Programming
  • Digital Design - Innovation Lab
  • Design Thinking and Innovation

Semester 2

  • Design Technologies
  • Digital Enterprise Lab
  • User Experience Design

Semester 3

  • Final project and report

Go Global

Some of our Postgraduate Taught Masters Programmes are eligible for Inter-Campus Transfer. Please contact studywithus@hw.ac.uk for further information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Tuition fees
Status [footnote 1] Full-time Part-time
UK 9152 4576
Overseas [footnote 2] 19056 9528

Footnotes

  1. Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.
  2. Overseas includes applications from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in the UK. Read more about the application process for EU nationals.

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate scholarships.

Entry requirements

Entry

This masters attracts professionals from a range of creative and design disciplines with experience of using digital applications.

You should hold a good (first or second class) honours degree or its non-UK equivalent in a relevant subject from a recognised British or overseas university. In addition, work or project experience in a related company role will be taken into consideration as part of the application process.

Applications are made by completing an online application form. Please upload the following documents as part of your application:

  • A copy of your degree(s) certificates and relevant transcripts
  • A CV
  • If required, proof of English language

English language requirements

If you are from a country that is not on the UKVI majority English-speaking country list,  you are required to provide proof of English. Please refer to our English language requirements for details of evidence that we accept. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Pre-sessional English courses are available for applicants at the Edinburgh Campus to improve on English language usage and study skills. Please note that completion of pre-sessional courses are not a guarantee of admittance.

Why Heriot-Watt?

Scottish Borders Campus facilities

The campus is built around an historic mill and recently received a multi-million-pound refurbishment to create an inspiring learning environment with computer suites, specialised workshops and spacious studios.

Clubs and activities

At Heriot-Watt we have an extensive programme of over 90 sports clubs and societies to get involved in. You can try as many as you like or start one of your own!

Health and wellbeing

Student Wellbeing Services aim to provide a range of support, guidance, activities and advice to help students to be their best, and get the most from their university experience. From counselling to coaching we'll sure you are fully supported.

Heriot-Watt Student Union

There's more to university life than simply getting your degree, and Heriot-Watt University Student Union is all about helping you to have the best possible experience while you study here.

Your career

Employers around the world actively seek out our graduates because they are work-ready. All our degrees are career-focused and relevant to the needs of industry. Around 95% of our students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

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