Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation and Design Thinking

16 Credits (ECTS)

Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation and Design Thinking

Design thinking is a powerful tool for rethinking and an innovative way strategy for driving organizational performance. By placing customers needs at the center of a product, service, process, or business model, can reframe strategic challenges and develop more effective solutions. This program enables to broaden strategic perspective, find novel opportunities for innovation, and keep your business moving forward.

  • Get a Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation and Design Thinking from Guglielmo Marconi University (GMU), Italy.

  • GMU, accredited by the Ministry of Education, Italy, is a member of the Bologna Process in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and a NARIC-approved and WES-accepted university.

  • It is a 16 ECTS program which is 100% online with Personal Tutor support.

  • Flexible payment scheme. No upfront payment, pay-per-module system.

  • Program Flexibility : Can complete the program in 3-6 months based on the learners pace and time availability. 

Course Module & Fee

The entire course comprises 2 modules . We follow a Pay as you Go Scheme, which means, you pay per module.

Module Fees

$1000 (500 per module, total 2 modules)

PGD-GMU Certification Fee

$700 (To be paid upon successful completion of the program)

Total Fees


Admission Requirement

Academic Route

A Degree from an accredited university (or academic equivalent) in any subject.

English Language Proficiency

If you are not a native speaker, you should have an appropriate English proficiency level, e.g. an IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent in all bands or possess a bachelor’s degree delivered and assessed in English, or proof of work experience in an English-speaking environment.

Why UniAthena?


At UniAthena, you are in charge of your learning! You get to decide the pace of your learning based on your financial and time availability. The learning structure is modular, ensuring pace, effectiveness and momentum of your learning journey. With this byte-sized learning format you get to learn anywhere, anytime.


With UniAthena as your learning partner, you follow a ‘Pay as you Go Scheme’ for your program, that means no upfront bulk payment of your fee. Instead, your fee will be divided into small pocket-friendly installments distributed across your program.

Accredited & Globally Accepted

UniAthena has partnered with reputed Universities and Awarding bodies, all of which are fully accredited by governmental regulatory bodies in their respective countries. Universities are NARIC Approved and are part of European Higher education, Bologna process, making the programs recognised worldwide.


Byte-sized learning formats ensure that each learning item carries tangible value in terms of learning outcome, which allows learners to stack or combine small units into higher education credits toward a degree or diploma. At any point of time during your course, you can claim a certificate/diploma based on the credits you have earned so far.



Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation and Design Thinking

Awarding Body Accredited By

Ministry of Education, Italy

Flexible Duration

3 - 6 Months



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What You Learn

Module 1

Introduction to Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Introduction to Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Duration: 21 - 60 Days

Understand what it takes to become an Entrepreneur and develop innovative and high-potential business opportunities, relevant for current and aspiring business professionals and entrepreneurs who aim to build their business.

21 - 60 Days

Level: EQF LEVEL 7

Credits: 8 ECTS

Module 2

Design Thinking

Design Thinking

Duration: 21 - 60 Days

Learn the human centered approach to creative problem solving and gain a deep understanding of the design thinking framework and how it has been used to solve complex business challenges and help professionals and organizations create large scale impact.

21 - 60 Days

Level: EQF Level 7

Credits: 8 ECTS


Students would Recommend this Course 


Students Observed Improvement in Performance at Work 

Partners of this Programme

Guglielmo Marconi University (GMU) is based in Rome, Italy and it is the first Italian Open University recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). It appears among the 25 top performers worldwide in the categories of the U-Multirank ranking system for open-access publications, international joint publications, and regional joint publications.

Message from Rector

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We welcome the learners of Athena Global Education to our qualifications and wish them the very best on their future endeavours.

Prof. Alessandra Briganti

Guglielmo Marconi University, modeled around education and research, promotes innovative ICT-based educational methodologies, stimulating learners to develop high cognitive and practical competences. The strong point of this educational system is the focus on the current educational demands required by the ever-changing working environment. By considering these developments, GMU offers learners high-quality market-oriented courses. We have been continuously growing our presence around the world through many strategic partnerships during past years and the Westford Education Group was the one of the major partnerships which has been very successful since 2015.

Athena Global Education is a new venture of Westford Education Group. A future ready education solution, Athena Global Education utilizes the latest technology aimed at improving the learners experience. We are happy to have partnered for this new project and are eager to expand our partnership into different domains. The association with Westford Group has produced hundreds of graduates in past years and we look forward to enhancing the portfolio and providing accessibility to education around the world.

We welcome the learners of Athena Global Education to our qualifications and wish them the very best on their future endeavors.

Message from Dean

We believe in developing highest standard of education for all our students.


Dr. Rainer Masera

GMU Business School, Italy

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Admission Process

Please find below the detailed steps to be followed as a part of the admission process.

Why This Course ?

Course Resources

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Why This Course ?


Implement Effective Solutions

This course teaches the learner to apply a design-centered approach enabling him to conceive of radically innovative solutions, deeply understand who the real stakeholders are and what they care about, create a vision, and avoid hazards. You will learn how to apply design thinking techniques and harness your creativity to continuously produce novel solutions to any challenge you face and to assess their effectiveness.


Lead Organizational Change

Through this course, the learner can unlock the innovative capacity of the team, solve biggest business challenges and lead organizational change. It teaches you to break free from the traditional mindset, adopt new ways of doing things and initiate real change in your organization.You can fundamentally transform organizational structures, processes and company cultures. You become a successful  innovator, contributor and leader.


High Demand

Companies today strive for excellence to create the next breakthrough innovation - whether that be to advance technology, stay competitive in the marketplace, or to bring about positive change in society.  Therefore, there is a demand for candidates possessing this qualification with ideas and vision, coupled with the skills to innovate with confidence.

How You Learn ?

Engage with a scientifically developed learning pedagogy that ensures a quality and effective journey for the learners. Enjoy a seamless learning experience tailored to your level of expertise on the subject matter.

What You Receive ?

You will be receiving the following certificates as specified below:


Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation and Design Thinking issued by

Guglielmo Marconi University, Italy

Records of Achievements with Grade issued by

Guglielmo Marconi University, Italy

All certificate and transcript images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of respective Universities or Awarding Bodies.

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It is really easy to start with us. You can register for this course with minimum details and get access to one of the modules of this course for 7 days.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification in order to be eligible for this course. Additionally, applicants must have adequate proficiency in the English language.

All applicants are required to upload the following documents in order to be eligible for admissions:

1. Proof of having earned a Bachelor's Degree - such as a Degree Certificate. If the documents are not in English, 
   official translations should be submitted.
2. The final transcript of Bachelor's Degree.
3. A copy of the government-issued photo identity

Follow these steps to formally enroll into the Diploma program by GMU
1. Register on Athena Global Education for a free 7-day trial.
2. Upload all the documents as required under the 'Eligibility Criteria' to the learning portal by clicking on 'Enroll Now' on the learning dashboard.
3. The academic panel will then review your documents and if found to be eligible, send you an 'Admission Offer Letter'.
4. On receiving the 'Admission Offer Letter', you can pay for one module.
5. You can pay for multiple modules together if you like. However, you will be given access to subsequent module content only after completing the previous module.
Once your payment is confirmed, you will be sent an official 'Admission Letter' along with a receipt for the amount paid. You will also get access to the Assignment related documents in the 'Project Details' section.
If you are unsure about your eligibility or if you do not have a Bachelor's degree, then contact us at and attach the relevant documents in your email. You won't be asked to make a payment until we determine you are eligible to be admitted.

Once you register for the course, you will have access to the learning resources of the first module (or "course" in the American system) where you can access the learning materials and the e-library. Your access to these learning resources will end after 7 days of registration and you will need to enroll for the program by paying fees for the first module. In order to be eligible for admission, you must upload all the eligibility-related documents on the learning portal and subsequently must have received an 'Offer of Admission' letter.

After enrolling in a particular program or receiving the admission letter, we are unable to offer refunds as per our policy. However, prior to enrollment, all learners have the option to utilize the free trial period, which lasts between 3 to 7 days.

The Referral Policy is a UniAthena initiative to make our degree programs more  affordable to the learners. Learners can  share programs with  friends, family or even peers. If the Invitee enrolls for the suggested program, the next module is made free of charge.

The core resources of the program are video classes and related reading materials. The video lessons and reading materials will provide you with adequate knowledge to understand the module content.

Additionally, you will also be learning from webinars, online library and additional learning materials and case studies curated by faculty.

Every learner is assigned a personal tutor for each module in their course. The learners can reach out to their personal tutor for any academic assistance with their learning. Besides academic assistance, learners are allocated a Learner Experience Executive who will be there to assist them with any pastoral support (non-academic). You can reach out to your Learner Support Executive at

Once you have registered for the course, the maximum time allowed to complete the program is 6 months. 
The minimum duration of the course is defined as 3 months though some exceptions may apply.

Each module must be completed within 60 days of the enrollment date. The shortest time allowed for submission of the assignment is 21 days from the date of enrollment.
The minimum duration of the module is defined as 21 days though some exceptions may apply.

This Diploma is awarded by Guglielmo Marconi University (GMU), Italy which is accredited by the Ministry of Education, Italy.  Besides, GMU is part of the Bologna process of European Union and is a NARIC approved university ensuring international recognition. 

No formal convocation ceremony.