MA Interior Architecture and Design

The course

Course type
Entry date
September, January


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September 2021 entry

The deadline for applications from Scottish and RUK students is 31 August 2021. For EU and overseas applicants, we guarantee to consider applications submitted by 8 August 2021.

Applications from EU and overseas applicants received between 9 and 31 August 2021 will be considered, where possible, for September 2021 entry, although an alternative offer for January 2022 entry may be given instead, if you are accepted. 

January 2022 entry

Applications for January 2022 entry for all applicants opens on 16 August 2021. The deadline for applications from Scottish and RUK students is 18 December 2021.

For EU and overseas applicants, we guarantee to consider applications submitted by 1 December 2021. Applications from EU and overseas applicants received between 2 and 17 December 2021 will be considered, where possible, for January 2022 entry.


Our MA Interior Architecture and Design degree looks at the relationship between ‘interior design’ and ‘interior architecture’. Although there’s currently a divide between each discipline, we feel the opportunity exists to fuse together the most influential elements of both. In other words, the creativity, process and thinking of designers; with the science, knowledge, and pragmatism of architecture.

The course is aimed at students from art, design and architectural backgrounds. It offers a range of studio projects, specialist subjects and cross-disciplinary theoretical courses. Ultimately, it’ll give you the chance to develop your own project, along with concepts that test and challenge perceived norms.

The MA Interior Architecture and Design degree is taught at our Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels. To find out more about this innovative course, visit the School pages.

Course length

The full-time Interior Architecture and Design masters course starts in mid September and lasts one year. The course can also be taken part-time over two years.

Course content

Much of the programme has been designed to be academically valuable and industry relevant, yet also cater for each individual students own project development.

Key to this are four different strands that run through the programme:

  • Design Studio: Through Interior Design Practice and Expertise 1 and 2, and the final project students have an opportunity to develop their designs iteratively in a stimulating studio environment and culture, borrowing and applying elements from other courses below. These two courses contain projects and briefs designed to challenge established norms and practices.
  • Sustainability and Technology: Through subjects such as Design technology and innovation and Sustainable Design and Management students gain a clearer insight into the potential of technology and need for sustainability, in practice.
  • Context and research: Through two dedicated Research Methodologies courses students benefit from a greater sense of where their own practice and project is located, and learn improved ways to conduct their own critical research and analysis.

Programme structure:

Semester 1

  • Interior Design Practice and Expertise 1
  • Research Methodologies 1
  • Design Technology and Innovation

Semester 2

  • Interior Design Practice and Expertise 2
  • Research Methodologies 2
  • Sustainable Design and Management

Semester 3

  • Final project


The assessment policies for this course incorporate a range of assessment types, with a specific emphasis on formative assessment, self-evaluation, debate and peer critique in all courses.

Summative assessment types include coursework, examinations, collaborative and individual problem based projects and a self-directed Masters project with dissertation.

Learning and teaching

The overall approach in the course is centred around each individual learner, and their personal projects, with core information delivered via tutorials, lectures and embedded during seminars.

Key methods, theories and techniques will be introduced and discussed. Technical skills will be developed throughout each course and through independent practice.

Courses are designed to enable students to undertake a mixture of activities, often involving cross-disciplinary, and long distance international collaboration

Entry requirements

The programme attracts students primarily from an art, design, and architectural background, and expects that each student develop their own project, and concepts, that test and challenge perceived norms or patterns.

You should hold a good (first or second class) Honours degree or its non-UK equivalent in a relevant subject from a recognised British or overseas university. In addition, work or project experience in a related company role will be taken into consideration as part of the application process.

Applications are made by submitting a completed application form to the Postgraduate Office at the Edinburgh Campus. Additionally, before our final decision can be given, applicants will be asked to supply documentation to provide proof of academic background and suitability as a candidate:

  • A copy of your degree(s) certificates and relevant transcripts
  • A portfolio of past design work where appropriate
  • Proof of having being awarded a first degree(s)
  • Proof of your ability in the English language if this is not your mother tongue
  • Proof of how your tuition fee and personal maintenance costs are to be met
  • Two academic referees

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. Pre-sessional English courses are available for applicants at the Edinburgh Campus to improve on English language usage and study skills. Please note that completion of pre-sessional courses are not a guarantee of admittance. Please contact us for more information.

  • 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 & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)


Tuition fees for entry


  1. Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.
  2. Overseas includes applications from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in the UK. Read more about the application process for EU nationals.

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.

View our full range of postgraduate scholarships.