Tuition fee:
  • £ 5,610 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 16,280 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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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.



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.

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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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