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Commercial Interiors Management and Practice aims to equip graduates with the theoretical knowledge, practical and technical skills to undertake and manage projects and people within the commercial interior design industry.

A range of core courses covering design practice, design management, project management, sustainability and technology related subjects will give you a foundation in relevant principles while also providing practical skills central to professional practice in commercial interiors.

You are also able to tailor your learning and choose to study either strategic level project management or organisational management within the sector thereby shaping your education to fit your interests and professional needs.

Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design

This course is delivered as part of The Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design. The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society is one of four such Centres established at UK universities that jointly form a national network to demonstrate and exchange best practice in multidisciplinary teaching and research for the sustainable built environment.

Flexible study options

This course can be studied full-time or part-time on campus providing flexible study options that fit around work or family.

Programme duration

Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

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Detailed course information

Course content

Detailed course guide

Course content

Semester 1: September - December

Mandatory courses

  • Commercial Interiors: Design Management
  • Project Management: Theory and Practice
  • Sustainability for Construction Professionals

Semester 2: January - April

Mandatory courses

  • Commercial Interiors: Design Practice
  • Innovation in Construction Practice

Optional course (students will choose one)

  • People and Organisation Management in the Built Environment
  • Project Management Strategic Issues

Semester 3: May - August

MSc students only

  • Research Dissertation (Commercial Interiors)

Course descriptions

Please find below the course descriptions. For more information on courses, please contact the Programme Leader.

Commercial Interiors - Design Management

Semester 1 (mandatory)

Understand the impact of effective design management in the creation, development and success of commercial interiors.

Project Management: Theory and Practice

Semester 1 (mandatory)

To provide the student with an understanding of the concepts and practices of construction project management used to provide value added services to clients. The course develops understanding of the issues related to the management of construction clients and other project stakeholders and how their needs can be co-ordinated, managed and delivered from the project's design stage through production to occupation and maintenance within the context of client satisfaction and the overarching construction project constraints of time, cost, quality sustainability, health and safety management.

Sustainability for Construction Professionals

Semester 1 (mandatory)

To equip students with the contextual awareness, self-reflective abilities and interdisciplinary Attitudes, Skills and Knowledge necessary to allow them to contribute to the delivery of Sustainable Development as part of their professional role in the Built Environment Sector. Develop an understanding of the role of the Construction Professional in supporting a holistic approach to development, which emphasises Stakeholder Engagement in options appraisal. Develop Consultation and Consensus building skills

Commercial Interiors - Design Practice

Semester 2 (mandatory)

Use problem based learning, employing principles and processes relevant to a selected area of focus within commercial interiors to gain an in-depth understanding of that field of study.

Innovation in Construction Practice

Semester 2 (mandatory)

The purpose of this course is to equip the students with an overall knowledge of the latest technical, technological and managerial innovations for project delivery that are currently being introduced in the AEC industry, or that are still embryonic but will be widely used in the future.

The topics covered include: construction industrialisation, Building Information Modelling (BIM), construction sensing, mobile computing, and visualisation. They are discussed in the context of and latest development in sustainability. This should enable the students to be fully ready for the evolution that construction-related discplines will see in the short and medium terms.

A second objective of the course is to increase the awareness of the students about the risks that new technologies and methods bring to construction management. Good practice for the management of innovation is covered.

People and Organisation Management in the Built Environment

Semester 2 (optional)

This course aims to develop a high level of interdisciplinary understanding about complex organisational and personal management processes and how important they are in underpinning technical skills to deliver high quality services as a professional. Students will learn about and explore management theory and practice and will have a chance to reflect on their own personal development in a synoptic way. This will be valuable in terms of career development, as management competences and self-reflection are increasingly sought in practice.

Topics covered by the syllabus include: What is management and why is it important for professional practice? Good and bad examples of management and their effect on individuals, organisations and service delivery. A critical evaluation of management theories. In depth understanding of the complexities of team building, organisational culture, recruitment and selection, staff appraisal, motivation, leadership, communication, co-ordination, and managing change and diversity.

Project Management Strategic Issues

Semester 2 (optional)

This Course aims to further develop the theory and practical knowledge in the implementation of Project Management Principles in the construction industry.

Specific aims are:

  • To raise students awareness as to why the construction industry under-performs when compared to other industries.
  • To enable students to appraise and critically analyse the performance of the project management discipline as this has been implemented in the construction industry in recent years and to explore what is needed in order to improve this performance. While the focus of the Course is the application of the PM discipline in the UK and concentrates on some of the practical obstacles and performance difficulties encountered in the UK, there will be similarities between the problems encountered in the UK and in other countries.


This programme is intended to support students looking to begin a career in commercial interiors and those with existing qualifications and relevant professional backgrounds who wish to improve their knowledge of commercial interior design.

Entry requirements

Masters (MSc) level entry applicants must have one of the following:

  • Minimum of 2:2 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in a cognate or semi-cognate subject area
  • Minimum of 2:2 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in a non-cognate subject area but demonstrates an interest in the discipline (supported by a personal statement, detail of work experience)

Recognition of Prior Learning

We are committed to providing study opportunities to applicants who have a wide range of prior experiences through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). For more information on RPL, please contact the Admissions Team ( ahead of application. We can only consider requests for RPL at the time of application to a course of study.

English language requirements

If English is not the applicant’s first language a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required with all elements passed at 6.0 or above. Please refer to English language requirements for further details.

Some applicants may be asked for alternative evidence in line with UKVI recognised English speaking countries. Applicants who have previously successfully completed courses delivered in the medium of English language may be considered and will be required to provide documentary evidence of this. Examples would be secondary school education or undergraduate degree. A minimum of at least one year of full time study (or equivalent) in the medium of English language will be required.

All evidence of English language needs to be dated within two years of the commencement of study.

We also offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your master’s programme:

  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading and writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking and listening)


Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
Status* Full-time Part-time
Scotland / Non-UK EU £7400 £3700
England / Northern Ireland / Wales £7400 £3700
Overseas £19800 £9900

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

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