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Design for Health and Wellbeing MSc

University of Limerick
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2022

About this program

Design for Health and Wellbeing MSc

The MSc in Design for Health and Wellbeing is based on working and co-designing with stakeholders right across health care, from hospitals, to mental health services, public health, and the wellbeing of consumers in society. The program is offered as a full-time and part-time option. The part-time option caters for those who are working or have other commitments and requires one day a week on campus. The program facilitates online and blended learning.

The Masters is delivered predominantly in a design studio environment, cultivating a culture of creativity, peer learning and transdisciplinary exploration. The core design modules are based on project work, problem solving and creativity, that centres on collaboration, human centred design and contemporary design processes. Students work across domains and at the borders of design and other disciplines.

The approach is based on real-world challenges linked with industry and community partners. Through this real-world approach students learn to identify opportunities and innovate solutions that have a positive impact on individuals, as well as public, health and wellbeing.

Foundation knowledge in design processes will build to specific expertise, as applied to the areas health and wellbeing. The curriculum focuses on experimentation, exploration to develop critical thinking, independent learning and an ability to bring new processes and thinking to this emergent global area.

Admission requirements

The minimum entry requirement to the program is a 2:2, (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject as outlined below, or equivalent prior learning that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement.

Applications are welcome from students of non-design backgrounds who are interested in innovating solutions for tomorrow’s health and wellbeing challenges and opportunities. Examples include, but are not limited to, technical disciplines (science & engineering), business, medicine and allied health professions, and social sciences.

Where applicants are non-native English language speakers, certified achievement in TOEFL or IELTS Standard English Language Competency Test will be required. An interview may be part of the admission process

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

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Program content

Autumn Semester

  • Entrepreneurship – Establishing International Ventures
  • Design Research
  • Anatomy and Physiology in Emergent Care 1

Spring Semester

  • Human Factors in Health Systems
  • Introduction to Health and Health Promotion
  • Ideation and Representation
  • Concept Development and Evaluation

Summer Semester

  • Design Project

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


Tuition fee varies, please visit the university's website for more information.

Career paths

Graduates of this program will have advanced design skills setting them up for innovation roles to lead the development of new health solutions across diverse applications and industries.

Example careers include:

  • Medical device innovation
  • Consumer products to improve health and wellbeing
  • Health technologies to monitor and treating diseases
  • Innovative solutions to address psychology and sociological aspects in health

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University of Limerick

The University of Limerick (UL) is renowned for its graduate employability, dedication to the student experience, industry-relevant programmes, award-winning research, stunning campus and UL`s deep commitment to community engagement. With close to 16,000 students, including 3,000 international students, UL is...

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The Universities commitment to graduate employability, UL`s dedication to the student experience, industry-relevant programmes, award-winning research, stunning campus and UL`s deep commitment to community engagement.  

The University of Limerick houses a broad range of world class and specialist equipment and facilities that give students and researchers an immersive and practical approach to their studies and research.

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University of Limerick

University of Limerick
V94 T9PX Limerick

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