Design and wellness maybe two divergent fields, but at the University of Limerick’s School of Design in Ireland, they exist in synergy. The university’s new MSc in Design for Health and Wellbeing offers students an opportunity to develop their skills for the emergent healthcare sector since the west of Ireland hosts some of the world’s largest healthcare providers. “This provides students the opportunity to build a professional network and to learn in an interdisciplinary environment,” says Adam de Eyto, head of School of Design, University of Limerick (UL).
“The fact that many of the tech, pharma and healthcare brands locate themselves in Ireland for their EMEA (Europe Middle East and Asia) headquarters, gives our graduates access to global employment opportunities.”
While entry to the course is open to international students from both design and non-design backgrounds, what is required is a high level of motivation.
Rooting for diversity, Eyto says, “Our experience of Indian students has been positive and the campus itself hosts students from a variety of specialist backgrounds who generally integrate into the programmes very well.”
Industry exposure and scholarships
“We have a variety of industry placement, design internships and live project collaborations with industrial and societal partners. These give students the opportunity to hone their skills and build their networks in the local and global context. A feature of our undergraduate programmes is a nine month Co-Op work placement supported by the university,” says Eyto.
Through the Erasmus + partnerships and bilateral MoUs, Indian students wishing to study at UL can avail of a wide variety of options. “We also offer occasional scholarships for research scholars. In fact, our most recent PhD candidate from India has just won a scholarship to study with us for four years working with a team to research the ‘Future of Global Healthcare’,” Eyto adds.
Talking about Ireland’s close nexus with India, Eyto feels both the countries have a lot in common and the cultural differences are much less than people might think. “The climate is probably the biggest difference, food less so now that Ireland hosts such a diverse mix of cultures and nationalities for both work and education. We have a large community of Indian students at UL and the small studio classes (of 10-30 students) mean that they receive a personalised educational experience through interactions with faculty on a daily basis,” Eyto says.
On course completion, students in Ireland are offered a two-year stay back option to work after completing their studies.