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Professional course

Design Thinking for Managers

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
Two days
Course director:
Dr. Jo Hare

Page last updated 9 March 2018



Bristol Business School's portfolio of short courses offers flexible learning solutions for you and your business. We have a range of courses covering a wide range of subjects on Finance, Strategy, Marketing, Coaching and Mentoring, Events Management, Project Management, among many others.  Our short courses are delivered by experienced practitioners, who apply their expertise and cutting-edge thinking with a practical focus.

Course introduction

Design Thinking has emerged as a human-centred, creative and robust approach to solving problems and identifying opportunities in business and social contexts. 

Rooted in the creative strategies that professional designers use in the process of designing products and/or services, Design Thinking is an approach without boundaries. Everybody is creative given the right process to 'unlock' their creativity and provide an alternative mindset in approaching a challenge. 

This highly practical course will introduce you to Design Thinking as a process for finding new, relevant and transformative solutions that create a positive impact. It's a hands-on process for gathering inspiration, looking for opportunities, creating ideas and getting relevant feedback.   By the end of the course, you will have the skills, tools and confidence you need to drive change across your business.

Who is it for?

This course is for mid-level to high-level managers and SME owners who have responsibility or influence customer-focussed products or services and/or who are looking for new ways to think about strategy, innovation and solving complex problems. 

What do I get out of it?

This course will:

  • Introduce you to the Design Thinking process
  • Provide you with hands-on experience of the process through a realistic challenge
  • Help you become more creative in everyday problem solving
  • Give you the skills, tools and confidence to apply design thinking across your business.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this open programme.



What does it cover?

Over the two days, this course will explore the stages and methods of the design thinking process and how these can be applied to organisational challenges.  

How will I learn?

The course will be delivered in a very practical way.   Participants will work on a real challenge and be supported through expert facilitation, a skills workshops and case studies from industry.


Study facilities

Our short courses are run at our dedicated Bristol Business Engagement Centre, providing a professional environment for your training needs. Located at Frenchay Campus, with easy access to the M4 and M5 motorways and Bristol Parkway rail station, it has four fully equipped training rooms, a communications and reception area.

To be able to fully participate in our course, you will need to be comfortable with using the Internet and searching for information online. Session materials are presented through a number of sources including Microsoft Word, Power Point, pdf and online workbooks and discussions.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Please see the table below for current fees and discounts available. All prices are VAT exempt.

Discounts can not be used in conjunction with each other. The greatest discount available will be applied at your booking confirmation.

CohortFull FeeEarly Bird DiscountAlumni Discount
June 2018£500£450£425
Payment Deadline 17 April 201829 May 2018
November 2018£500£450£425
Payment Deadline 3 October 201814 November 2018

(Fees include car parking, lunch and refreshments)

Course dates


June 2018

Session 1

Session 2


Wednesday 13 June 2018

Thursday 14 June 2018




November 2018

Session 1

Session 2


Thursday 29 November 2018

Friday 30 November 2018





Bristol Business School, UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY.

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How to apply

How to apply

To make a full or provisional booking for this course, please complete the relevant online booking form below:

June 2018Book NowEnquire Now
November 2018Book NowEnquire Now

For further information

  • Email: Please contact us using the enquiry form above.
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 117 87408

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