Continuing Professional Development Design Thinking for Managers - face-to-face delivery

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
Two days
Face-to-face delivery
Course Director
Dr Jo Hare

Page last updated 1 August 2022


At the Bristol Business School, our portfolio of open programmes offers you and your business a flexible learning solution.  We have a range of programmes covering a wide range of topics, including Finance, Strategy, Marketing, Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring, Innovation, and Design Thinking, among many others.  Our programmes are delivered by experienced practitioners and academics, who combine cutting-edge thinking with a practical, real-world focus, ensuring our programmes meet professional and industry needs.

Programme 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 programme 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 sessions, you will have the skills, tools and confidence you need to drive change across your business.

Who is it for?

This programme 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 programme 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 Continuing Professional Development programmes are run at the Bristol Business School, providing a professional environment for your development 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 programme, 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

Programme dates

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we have suspended our face-to-face delivery for this programme. We are looking to resume delivery in 2021.

If you would like to be kept informed on future dates, please complete the enquiry form in the 'How to Apply' section.



Session 1 - TBC

Session 2 - TBC





Frenchay Campus

Frenchay Campus

Programme fees

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.

LocationFrenchay Campus
Full fee£525
Payment deadline 
Early Bird discount£472
Payment deadline 
UWE Bristol Alumni discount£446
Payment deadline 
UWE Bristol staff discount£446
Payment deadline 

Fees include refreshments and lunch at all venues. Parking is only included at the Frenchay Campus location.


How to apply

How to apply

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

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For further information

  • Email: Please contact us using the enquiry form above.
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 117 32 84896