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Maynooth University Department of Design Innovation

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Qualification : BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE

Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH305

CAO Points : 360

Closing Date : 01 February 2018

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Product Design is about the creation of new products, services and experiences built with the user in mind. Consider this degree if you are interested in:
  • Being at the heart of successful product innovation by bridging the gap between technology and the market, in a human-centred way;
  • Learning from specialists with extensive industry experience across product, graphic, engineering, electronic, furniture, medical and sports equipment design;
  • Harnessing your creative, artistic, and problem-solving skills;
  • Gaining a relevant understanding of technology and materials, and a sensitive awareness of human needs and behaviour through user-centred design;
  • Acquiring a broad understanding of product design from both an engineering and a marketing point of view - leading you to create solutions that balance business viability, human desirability and technical feasibility;
  • A highly practical course, with an emphasis on project-based learning, workshops, laboratory sessions and group work;
  • The opportunity to take a six-month, full-time work experience placement, in a relevant employment setting;
  • The possibility of creating products, services and experiences that can transform lives, organisations and markets.

 

  • As a specialised 4 year Bachelor of Science degree in Product Design, a range of technology, marketing and design subjects are taken in all years.
  • All students take a 6-month, full-time, work experience placement in 3rd year (subject to availability).
  • Opportunity to take an Elective in 2nd year as part of the new Maynooth Education
Course Duration: 4 years

EDEN - Peter Robbins - Maynooth University

Head of Department

Department of Design Innovation


Department of EDEN

Product designers are key to innovation in the modern world. As technological competence spreads globally, businesses are placing greater focus on achieving market success through design.
 
Graduates understand and drive innovation in many spheres of life, especially those involving design and technology, its application or assessment. Students may consider career areas such as product design, interaction design, medical device design, furniture design, technical marketing, customer development and user experience, new product development, design management, technology business management and many other design disciplines.
 
Some graduates continue their studies and we currently offer the following award-winnig postgraduate course:
  • MSc Design Innovation
This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H7
English Yes O6 H7
Language No N/A N/A
Math Yes O3 H7
Science Yes O6 H7

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

A mature student is 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time degrees the mature age is 21. Admission is based on your application. Interview. 
 
O3/H7 Leaving Certificate Mathematics or equivalent is required.
 
Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2018. Late applications from mature students may be accepted after this date - consult the Undergraduate Studies website for updates. Application may not be made to the CAO after May 1st 2018.
 
Mature students must complete the CAO section for mature applicants fully, indicating clearly past or current studies, and outlining educational goals and objectives. Applicants are assessed on the basis of the information provided on their CAO application form. All questions should be answered in full.

Mature student applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for the written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 1 March 2018 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

01 February 2018

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate: 2H5 & 4O6/H7, Irish, English & Science subject (one of Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry, Engineering, Technology, Construction Studies or Design and Communication Graphics) and O3/H7 Mathematics.
 
New Maynooth Education
 
Click here for details about 1st year optional Critical Skills courses and 2nd year optional Electives and degree pathways. 
 
HEAR and DARE
 
DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.
 
HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.
 

 

The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students

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