MRes Design

Goldsmiths, University of London | London , United Kingdom
This programme enables you to develop and undertake original research in or into design practices and related fields at Masters level. This can be preparation for more evolved research, and may allow for fast tracking onto a PhD programme.



This programme enables you to develop and undertake original research in or into design practices and related fields at Masters level. This can be preparation for more evolved research, and may allow for fast tracking onto a PhD programme.

You're able to bring your own research project or interests to develop through your study.

Your research may be focused on past and/or contemporary forms of design, design practice, design ideologies, design research.

It may also engage with the contexts in which design is produced and consumed, and with wider contextual fields.

The submission for examination can be focused in writing or in practice, in many forms. What constitutes a practice research submission will be part of the ongoing debates on the programme.

Assessment: Through peer review, tutor appraisal, self-evaluation and student-tutor consultation, and also via assignments and essays; written or design work; major research project.

What you study

Three strands of study will:

  • introduce you to the theories/discourses inherent in design practice
  • encourage you to review and explore the methods and processes used to research and produce ideas for and about design
  • encourage you to locate topics and themes for research in particular areas of interest

A major research project will prepare you for further research in industry/professional practice or at MPhil/PhD level.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 16280 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 5610 Year (EEA)
Start date
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content


Most of our graduates find employment in the creative and cultural industries, some in prestigious leading-edge companies such as Imagination, Coleman Planet, Raw, Medium Rare, Fitch and Pentagram. Also: practice development; further study; freelancing; senior designer/manager.


The programme will help you develop strong conceptual and critical design research skills.

You'll also develop transferable skills in areas such as analytical thinking, critical reflection project management, creative facilitation, research methods which are valuable in a range of careers and sectors.

English Language Requirements


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If you do not have a related undergraduate degree we also welcome applicants with significant practical experience in a design-related field or those who have done significant research. We expect some expertise in technologies used to conduct and present research. For those intending to produce practice as research we require skills in the use of equipment used to produce design work (IT and/or manufacture workshop skills).

We also accept a wide range of international equivalent qualifications, which can be found on our country-specific pages. If you'd like more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

English language

If your first language is not English, you normally need a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (including 7.0 in the written element) or equivalent.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom

United Kingdom We began life in 1891 with one ideal: to be a dynamic force for change. Today as part of the prestigious University of London, we carry out world-leading research on a regular basis and we continue to build upon that early vision, maintaining a rich academic heritage that combines our status as one of the UK's top creative and political universities (Which? University 2014). And we're in the UK's top 25 universities for the quality of our research, and top 5 in the UK in QS World Rankings by subject area (Research Excellence Framework, THE research intensity ranking, QS world rankings).

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