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Master's Degree in Advanced Studies in Design-Barcelona (MBDesign)

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2021

September 2021

Vilanova i la Geltrú
September 2021

September 2022

Program description

Master's Degree in Advanced Studies in Design-Barcelona (MBDesign)

The master's degree in Advanced Studies in Design-Barcelona (MBDesign), introduced in the 2017-2018 academic year, is a multidisciplinary degree in which creativity, innovation and research are applied as tools for knowledge and for proposing the designs of the future. It is conceived from a comprehensive, wide-ranging and cross-disciplinary perspective that is characteristic of design in Barcelona, which has become an international benchmark in recent decades. Its approach is propositional: it contributes new views on theory, participatory network strategies and the most innovative trends in new product design. Teaching takes place in settings such as design workshops, projects on various topics, materials and technology research laboratories, collaborative work, and digital manufacturing laboratories.

The master's degree consists of a compulsory, cross-disciplinary stage of 15 ECTS credits and an optional stage of 30 ECTS credits that includes five specialisations:

  • Contemporary Design (taught in English)
  • Design, Innovation and Technology (taught in English)
  • Industrial Design Engineering
  • Art Direction in Design
  • Design Research (a cross-disciplinary specialisation that covers the other four)

These specialisations all end with a master's thesis of 15 ECTS credits that can be focused on a design project or research. In addition to these five specialisations, optional courses covering business, entrepreneurship and intellectual property are also taught.

Admission requirements

  • An official Spanish university qualification or an official university qualification issued by a university in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) that qualifies the holder for admission to a master's degree.
  • A qualification issued by a university in a country that is not in the EHEA. If the qualification has not been homologated, the UPC will verify that the course of study corresponds to a level of education equivalent to an official Spanish university degree and that the qualification obtained would provide admission to a master’s degree in the country in which it was awarded. This access route in no way implies the homologation of the qualification or its recognition for any purpose other than admission to the master's degree. The master's degree will, however, be fully and legally valid.

In addition to these general access requirements, which apply to all master's degree courses, specific admission requirements may be set for each programme.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Common phase - Compulsory credits

  • Design, theory and criticism
  • Design, project and environment
  • Design, technology and innovation
  • Design, new scopes and applications

Speciality - Elective credits

  • Contemporary Design
  • Design, Innovation and Technology
  • Industrial Design Engineering
  • Art Direction in Design
  • Design Research

Master's Thesis

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Subjects will be taught in Catalan and Spanish, depending on the student's level of comprehension and on the teaching objectives of the master's degree course. The Contemporary Design and Design, Innovation and Technology specialisations are taught entirely in English.

Tuition fees

Approximate fees (per year):

  • EU students: €2,766 per year
  • Non-EU students: €4,149 per year


60 ECTS credits

Career opportunities

  • Academia and theory-focused settings. Doctoral degrees in Design.
  • Agencies and organisations devoted to applied design for social, health and/or welfare purposes.
  • Companies and industries, new product development offices, application of design in new fields and and implementation in emerging sectors.
  • Public and private bodies related to markets, products, consumption and local areas.
  • Communication, social networks, image and communication. New media and overall message design.
  • Cultural organisations related to society, culture and objects, as well as the dissemination of these organisations and reflection and debate on these themes.

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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech is a public institution of Higher Education and Research, specialised in the areas of Architecture, Engineering, Science and Technology. The UPC offers 64 bachelor’s degrees, 75 master’s programs (30 of them fully in...

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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Campus Nord, Calle Jordi Girona, 1-3
08034 Barcelona Catalonia

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