MA / MDes Interior Architecture

Postgraduate, Full-Time

Explore design for architectural and public spaces, shape your own ideas and concepts and gain sought after industry skills on this research led creative course.

  • Napier code:

    54766MM

  • Course type:

    Full-Time

  • Duration:

    1 year (3 trimesters)

  • Award:

    MA / MDes

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

On this course you’ll explore design for architectural and public spaces and make creative interventions in the built environment. You’ll undertake specialist modules in exhibition and lighting design. A design management module will sharpen your industry focus.

You’ll shape your own ideas, concepts and theories through a self-directed major project, informed by design research and critical enquiry.

This course has a strong studio culture and is taught in a multidisciplinary space within a suite of post-graduate design courses where you’ll gain skills and knowledge highly sought after in industry.


Vadim Babij

In specialist spatial design, lighting design and management modules you’ll develop specific skills which will inform and enable highly developed outcomes in your self-directed major project. Working with specialist tutors, the major project allows you to create and develop design outcomes for public and private interior and exterior spaces and/or site specific installations.

Collaboration with practitioners from other areas is encouraged. You have the option of taking an MA or MDes award, depending on whether you complete a dissertation or design project report in your final trimester.

We have a strong studio culture supported by our multidisciplinary staff team of academics and industry based practitioners. You’ll develop creative, professional, strategic and contextual knowledge and skills and apply design thinking to a range of creative outcomes and design interventions.

This is a one year full-time course starting in September and is split up into three trimesters.

Subjects include

  • Design Research Methods
  • Spatial Lighting Design
  • Exhibition Design
  • Design Management
  • Major Design Project
  • For MDes Degree - Design Project Report
  • For MA Degree - Design Dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

With a physical and digital/online portfolio demonstrating industry-ready skills, graduates can apply for design jobs, freelance work or establish entrepreneurial ventures.

You may also continue to study to MPhil or PhD level.


The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above, or equivalent. We look for applicants to have a background in art & design or achitecture related subjects in order to be eligible for the programme. In addition to the qualification, we may also consider applications with evidence of industry experience in an appropriate discipline.

All candidates are interviewed with a portfolio of creative work which should demonstrate the ability to visualise design outcomes using appropriate CAD software. Applicants from overseas can be interviewed by teleconference with an online portfolio.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Home/EU £3,750 £3,750
Overseas £12,620 £12,620

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