The IPD Master’s programme can be started either in the autumn or in the spring semester. The starting date determines the order in which courses are taken. In the autumn semester the programme focuses on the generation of concepts, while in the spring semester the focus is on embodiment design. The second year starts with a semester with an individual focus. Students can shape this semester to meet their professional ambitions. Examples of opportunities are to do a multidisciplinary design project, elective courses, a (research) internship, or a study abroad. The second year ends with establishing, defining and completing the individual graduation project.

Advanced Concept Design

21 EC Master specific course including project

The course Advanced Concept Design (ACD) focuses on the conceptualization phase of the product design process in a real design project with a company. The course begins with a design challenge, co-created by the experts and the company, and finishes with a product concept, which is elaborated in a sense of usability, aesthetical quality/value, technical working principles & materialization and its cultural & societal impact.

The different areas of expertise involved in this course are:

  • Applied Ergonomics Exploration (AEE)
    Students have to prove their ability to adequately select and apply these methods such as user observation, interviews and questionnaires, for the benefit of the CDP’s design challenge.
  • Design, Culture & Society (DCS)
    In this area of expertise, theory and methods will be offered concerning the role products (can) play in shaping society and vice versa. Design, Culture and Society focuses on cultural studies (material culture, design history and cultural anthropology) and philosophy of technology.
  • Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
    Students will get an insight into the main components of cyber-physical systems (e.g. sensors, actuators, networking and communication technologies, smart materials) and learn about the fundamentals of system smartness.
  • Product Communication and Presentation (PCP)
    As presentation techniques and portfolio work become increasingly important to designers who want to standout and stay competitive, students will acquire this understanding of visual information.
  • Concept Design Project (CDP)
    A student design team explores the company and performs design related research within the scope of the design challenge concerning the different areas of expertise. Students gain new insights about user needs, cultural & societal experience, and potential emerging technologies, resulting in a personal design vision which will be individually translated into a feasible concept.


 Example of an Advanced Concept Design project


This student movie shows the outcome of an ACD project on a new system to store and sell reproductions at the van Gogh museum - 2015

Advanced Embodiment Design

 21 EC Master specific course including project

The course Advanced Embodiment Design focuses on the embodiment design phase of the product development process, which starts from a program of requirements (such as cost, quantity, quality, etc.) and working principles and ends with a validated prototype of a product, which can be physical or virtual as needed.

The different areas of expertise involved in this course are:

  • Advanced Design Enablers (ADE)
    Computer support of the embodiment design simulation, analysis and optimization prototyping, cost analysis and optimization.
  • Applied Ergonomics Feasibility (AEF)
    Analyzing the Human Product Interaction in your PED project and studying relevant ergonomical research methods including literature study, applying this to a first version of your product or an existing comparable product.
  • Smart Systems and Technology (SST)
    Developing a basic understanding of smart products and internet of things, demonstrating that such a system might be prototyped, providing useful insights for design.
  • Sustainable Design Engineering (SDE)
    Identify opportunities for a product or company within sustainable development, making a quantitative analysis on all three pillars of sustainable development.
  • Project Embodiment Design (PED)

    Each team focuses on a different assignment which challenges teams to apply the integrated knowledge gained in the course so far. Teams start to analyse the program of requirements, benchmark existing products, decide on tools and methods to use in their design process and eventually create prototypes to validate their designs.

Examples of Advanced Embodiment Design projects

This compilation of student movies shows the outcome of three AED project on the design of an aerodynamic bicycle helmet, a haptic device for online communication, and a device for stimulating physical exercise after surgery - 2013

Managing Product Innovation

3 EC Master specific course

This MPI course provides you with a preliminary preparation on inter-functional communication and management of design. The content of the course addresses management and organization of design assignments in contexts, similar to your future working contexts, of in-company - or network projects.

Strategic and Sustainable Design

3 EC Master specific course

This course will address the business case for sustainable innovation, within the context of multinationals, SMEs, design agencies and entrepreneurial start-ups. This course will challenge you to consider sustainable strategies and innovations that will help businesses in creating long-term competitive advantage.



3 EC Master specific course

The modeling course builds upon a course with a similar name in the IDE-BSc program and aims at modeling the world around us in order to be able to design predictable product behavior. This course teaches students how and why physics determine the behavior of the products we design and how we can use this knowledge to improve product behavior.

IDE Academy

4 EC Shared master course

IDE Academy provides basic training for a relevant set of generic IDE skills. In addition, the course will serve as an entry-point for students to self-study these skills. A broad list of skills will be included, some of which will be compulsory and some optional, enabling the students to customize the course to fit with their needs. These are elementary skills for doing research (e.g. observational research, literature research), developing concepts (e.g., visualisation skills) and prototypes (e.g. screen-based prototypes; programming).

Manage your Master

2 * 1 EC Shared master course

MYM introduces students to the structure and possibilities of the MSc program at IDE. It supports students in developing their own, personal vision on their Master education and in developing a plan for the final year of their Master program. MYM takes place on the first three days of the 1st and 2nd semester of their Master program. Two of these days provide a general program for all Master students. The other day is called the Master Identity Day and its program is specific for one of the three IDE Master programs (SPD, IPD or DfI).

Design Theory and Methodology

3 EC Shared master course

The aim of this course is to help you to gain a deeper understanding "of the principles, practices and procedures of design in a broad and general sense". The course entails a reflective approach to the study of how designers think and behave when designing, what sort of problems they encounter, the use/misuse/non-use of design methods, the diverse social contexts they might work in.

Shape your master

Shape your master
In this curriculum, 30 EC is reserved for electives. This provides the students freedom and enables them to shape their personal programme. Students can persue their professional interests and ambitions with a personalised set of different courses.

This elective space enables students to specialise, or broaden their knowledge in specific subjects e.g.: entrepreneurship, marketing, medical design, automotive design, research, visualisation and others. Students who want to broaden their learning can take master’s courses at other faculties and universities, both in the Netherlands and abroad.

For those students who want to increase the depth of their development as an industrial design engineer, IDE offers more than 50 different courses. This includes courses from the other IDE master curricula.

  • More about Electives

Graduation Project - 30 EC Master specific project

The last semester is fully devoted to the Graduation Project, which may be undertaken in a company setting or within one of the research groups of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. The graduation project is considered to be a stepping stone to a future professional career. A high level of independence is therefore expected from the student in planning and executing the assignment and in acquiring knowledge, understanding and skills.

What is it like to graduate within the master Integrated Product Design? Watch the movie, which shows the graduation projects of three (international) students.

Detailed course content

For the detailed contents of the IPD Master courses, you can view the Study guide.

Specialisations & Annotations

There are several specialisations and annotations for this Master, including Medisign and the Honours Programme.

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Master Variant for Engineers

This Variant of the MSc programme IPD is meant for excellent students with a constructive engineering background who have a strong affinity with industrial design and wish to pursue an MSc in Integrated Product Design.  

The Master starts with an intensive semester-long homologation programme in industrial design. After this homologation semester you will take the 2 regular semesters with the main courses in the IPD programme, followed by the graduation project in the last semester. The programme takes two years and does not have a ‘free elective’-semester. Upon completion you will receive an MSc diploma in Integrated Product Design.