This is a radical post-disciplinary programme for practitioners who want to push the boundaries of what design can be and do. In MA Design we work with you to transform your practice as a critical and social undertaking.

1st in the UK for Design for the second year running (Guardian University Guide League Tables 2017)

11th in the world for Design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016)

By challenging the role and norms of traditional design towards an emerging type of ‘advanced design’, unshackled from the history of specialisms and entrenched methods, you will become part of a community of practice. You’ll be encouraged to actively contribute to a deep understanding of how design is set to address and affect change within contemporary society.

Study Details:

MA 15 months full-time

Module Details:

The programme is largely delivered through shared project briefs, which allow an experimental and exploratory design process. The projects open up opportunities for you to work collectively on research projects, external industry briefs and wider design research themes. Through this process, you’ll evolve a design practice that is progressive but also thoughtful, critical and grounded in the complex realities of the world.

Throughout your projects you’ll benefit from the input of experienced practice-based staff, as well as world-class visiting practitioners. The projects that you work on will focus on a particular curricular lens, designed to nurture openness and post-disciplinarity in your practice. These lenses underpin the formation of your Expanded Practice major project, and will respond to themes such as:

  • Education & Pedagogy
  • Nature & Environment
  • Curation & Heritage
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Policy & Governance
  • Science & Infrastructure
  • Activism & Citizenship
  • Fiction & Narrative
  • Data & Information

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these project lenses may be available each year. 


  • Studio Expanded Practice 120 credits
  • Design Transfocality 60 credits
  • Extended Study 30 credits


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Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject.

If you don’t have a related undergraduate degree we also welcome those who have significant practical experience in a design-related field: you will be judged on the relevance of your previous work experience, and on your art and/or design work. We will also consider applicants who do not have a design-related background but who have engaged in research either in academia (as students or academics) or at work.

We expect a high standard of achievement in design or other creative practice, and competencies in the use of equipment used to produce design work (IT and/or manufacture workshop skills).

You need to present, in portfolio and at interview, evidence of evolved critical and creative thinking in design.

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. 

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.

For this programme we require:

IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the written test)

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