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:
A major research project will prepare you for further research in industry/professional practice or at MPhil/PhD level.
Dates reflect the university's timezone.
Tuition fee for the international students.)
European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.)
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.
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.
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.
Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:
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