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Swinburne University of Technology

  • 23% international / 77% domestic

Master of Design Strategy and Innovation

  • Masters (Coursework)

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Course Code
MA-DSI, 088125D
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Domestic Fees
$26,200 per year / $39,300 total
International Fees
$32,600 per year

About this course

The Master of Design Strategy and Innovation provides a unique opportunity to integrate design thinking, design management, strategic design, systems and complexity thinking, innovation processes, futures forecasting, transformational leadership and advanced sustainability practice within the same course.

The course is suited to practitioners from all disciplines who wish to complement and extend their existing capability with design-led tools, techniques, frameworks and strategies for solving complex organisational, social and technological problems and to facilitate change in business, government agencies, social enterprise and communities.

The course will prepare graduates to create, lead, implement, manage and sustain innovation in products, systems and services that have a sustainable impact on the economy, society and the environment.

Students would normally sequence their study with the Master of Design Strategy and Innovation award. Students are eligible for an exit award - either the Graduate Certificate of Design Strategy and Innovation or the Graduate Diploma of Design Strategy and Innovation should they complete the designated units for each stage.

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Career pathways

The Swinburne Graduate Attributes signify that Swinburne intends that its teaching courses assist all its graduates to be:

  • capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas
  • entrepreneurial in contributing to innovation and development within their business, workplace or community
  • effective and ethical in work and community situations
  • adaptable and able to manage change
  • aware of local and international environments in which they will be contributing.

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Master of Design Strategy and Innovation, students must complete 150 credit points comprising:

  • 7 Design core units (100 credit points)
  • 50 credit points of study from the Capstone stream which includes one elective


  • 7 Design core units (100 credit points)
  • 2 Design Factory Melbourne units (50 credit points)

Maximum Academic CreditThe maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Master of Design Strategy and Innovation is 50 credit points (normally four units)

Credit for prior study or work

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about credit.