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MA Interior Design

Course details


two years


online and part-time

Start dates

January, May and September

Next welcome week

January 2024 (TBC)

Next course start date

January 2024 (TBC)

Application deadline

January 2024 (TBC)

Total course fee


Course overview

With an increasing demand for designers who can rise to the needs of contemporary living, experts are needed who can create spaces, buildings and environments that are not only creative and diverse, but also recognise current and future sustainable and wellbeing standards.

Whether you’re a graduate with a related degree, an interior design professional or an aspiring interior or architectural interior designer wanting to further your existing practice knowledge, the MA Interior Design programme will help you make your mark on this exciting field.

It will provide opportunities for those interested in enhancing their specialist practice knowledge in the interior, architectural, product or textile design disciplines, providing a broad spectrum of knowledge to take forward into future careers.

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This unique course is designed to blend research and practice with creative theory. The programme's varied curriculum considers interior design in its broader context with a strong underpinning delivery of sustainability and design for wellbeing, including the benefits of biophilic design, which increases connectivity to the natural environment through the use of direct nature, indirect nature, and space and place conditions. 

The multi-faceted elements of the MA encourage new ways of creative thought. Each of its seven modules will look at existing problems and how designers can respond to the changing needs of clients in a creative, experimental way.

Through discussion and theoretical exploration, linked to evidence-based design solutions, this will guide you in developing a thoughtful approach to designing interiors, installations, and buildings. You’ll also understand how to create solutions and spaces for occupants, in a variety of self-selected environments.

Just as importantly, we’ll explore topics such as collaboration, experience, transition, inclusivity, and diversity – and you’ll learn how to translate these points into interior design solutions that spearhead an inspiring, sustainable existence.

Hear from MA Interior Design Course Leader

Sarah Bax discusses what students learn on the course, who it's for, and how it approaches key themes such as sustainability and diversity.

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Course modules

Led by our experienced academics, the modules within this course have been crafted to strengthen your research capabilities and understanding of a range of sectors. Do you hope to move forward in the spatial design world? Or is architectural design your calling? Whatever your ambitions, your studies will prepare you to start the next stage of your professional journey.

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Learn key industry terminology

"Students can gain access to information directly from industry. This allows them to challenge and shape the future of design."

Mustafa Afşaroğlu | Industry guest speaker

Entry requirements

We encourage applications from students with a broad range of qualifications and we welcome students from all educational backgrounds. We’ll take into account the knowledge and skills that you have developed outside the classroom, as well as your previous qualifications.

There are two different routes to entry: the standard and non-standard routes. Admissions staff will assess entries to determine which route is appropriate for you when you apply.

Students accepted on the standard route are given offers based on qualifications and supporting documentation alone. If you do not have a qualification at the designated level or in a subject not directly related to the course to which you are applying, you’ll be contacted to request a portfolio, and/or given an interview date.

Fees and funding 

The fees that you pay AUB help provide the necessary services and training for you to complete your course. There are a number of different ways that you can pay for your tuition.


Take the first step to endless possibilities

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Hear from a student

“The staff involved, the course ethos, materials and pedagogy is deep rooted in wellbeing, sustainable research and design thinking practices. With my passion and background in Bioclimatic Design, the course seamlessly aligns with my future aspirations to progress my career in the field of interior architecture.”

- Melody McFarlane | MA Interior Design

Progression for graduates

Roles for graduates can include, but are not limited to, interior designer, spatial interior designer, and interior stylist. Watch the video to explore more areas for progression in the industry.

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How to apply

When you're ready to apply, you'll need to head to our online application form to apply directly to us. 

We encourage applications from students with a broad range of qualifications – we'll take into account the knowledge and skills that you've developed outside the classroom as well as your previous qualifications.



The MA Interior Design programme is a fantastic platform to build the expertise you need to make strides in the interior design industry.

Whether you see yourself working as an in-house designer, a consultant, or a contractor, you’ll be able to consider a number of different roles. 

After graduation, you’ll be prepared to follow your interests into a variety of domestic or commercial design environments. Some examples include:

  • retail
  • hospitality
  • leisure
  • education
  • exhibition
  • healthcare

Interior design teaching is another career path you could explore after completing your MA. 

Join us in January 2024

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