Technology / Master's degree programme
Innovation Design

General information for the a.y. 2019-2020

Interuniversity programme with Università degli studi di Ferrara
This interuniversity degree programme is organised by the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, jointly with the University of Ferrara, which is also the administrative headquarters for the Programme.

Disciplinary areaTechnology
Duration 2 years - 120 Credits
Admission Accesso Programmato Limited access, see call for applications
Language Completely taught in English
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


The Degree Programme in "Innovation Design" is taught in English and has only 40 places available. It is an Inter-University course between the University of Ferrara (Faculties of Architecture and Engineering) and the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Faculty of Engineering “Enzo Ferrari” and Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Methods). The programme builds on the indications deriving from national and international stakeholders and from an overview of existing study programmes at national and international level. The aim is to create a unique educational profile.

Course content

The course includes the following areas of study: <strong>1. “Innovation Design for Human Needs”</strong>: this area provides students with the competences, methods and instruments for the development of innovative design projects, based on people's needs. Students can learn how to work in multidisciplinary teams. <strong>2. “Innovation Engineering”</strong>: this area provides students with the competences, methods and instruments for the development of technological solutions and production processes enabling the concrete sustainability and creation of the innovative products and services. The course also aims at training students in quantitative project assessment and in the collaboration with the industrial sector. <strong>3. “Innovation management”</strong>: this area provides students with the competences, methods and instruments for scenario and market analysis, the definition of strategies and project management of innovative products and services. It also aims at enabling students to develop both an understanding of and the skills to collaborate with the bodies and organizations that encourage the entry in the market and the areas of society that products and services are designed for. <strong>4. “Synthesis”</strong>: this area provides students with the technical methods and strategies for the integrated application of the competences and instruments acquired during the Program, with a view to completing the project representing their final assignment. Students can access three parallel final synthesis labs strongly linked by the business history of the area involved: Educational technology innovation (Reggio Emilia), Mobility innovation (Modena) and Health and wellness innovation (Ferrara). In these labs, students will have the opportunity to work in real-life situations and verify their self- management and planning skills.

Career options

Graduates in Innovation Design are experts in the processes of continuous innovation of products, processes and services. Graduates will have wide career opportunities in all professional and business activities operating in the field of design. Graduates can work freelance, or within small/medium businesses, and manufacturing and service companies with a high degree of innovation. They can also pursue a career as collaborators and consultants in design labs, in the public administration or within research bodies and institutions.

More information

Course Director
prof. Francesco Leali

The course is managed by the "Enzo Ferrari" Department of Engineering