Taught course

Interior and Spatial Design

Buckinghamshire New University · School of Visual and Communication Arts

Entry requirements

Applications are accepted from students who demonstrate a good degree of prior knowledge with a relevant Honours degree, or equivalent knowledge shown via an online portfolio. Evidence of professional practice knowledge without a prior degree is an acceptable mode of entry into the programme.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Months of entry


Course content

This online, part-time postgraduate degree in Interior and Spatial Design, puts a key focus on the emerging themes within our current society, sustainability, wellbeing, and climate change. Develop design strategies within the home, workplace, leisure, hospitality and/or healthcare sectors, and gain a key understanding of the underlining issues interior and spatial design must consider with every build.

This programme runs as both a full-time and Part-time course, with part-time structured across a two-year span, so you can fit it around your other commitments outside of study.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

With a history of delivery expert craft, art and design education for more than 130 years, Buckinghamshire New University is the perfect place to start your creative career.

Led by a dedicated teaching team with a wealth of experience within the interior and spatial design, exhibition design, landscape design, model-making and design visualisation and animation industry. Many of your tutors on this course are also involved with design practice and research.

Although this MA is offered online, we pride ourselves on a rich and varied programme as well as giving you access to industry-leading professionals where possible. You may have the opportunity to be part of industry CPD online events with outside bodies, such as SBID and leading companies, among others, this is to help prepare you for the research activities proposed in the programme.

What will I study?

At the heart of the course is the focus on student interest and priorities; we advocate and teach independent researching skills so that you can apply this learning in your own context and in line with your own, or your organisations goals. As an online learning course, you can benefit from reduced costs and work flexibility, balancing your personal and professional commitments with your studies.

This course is about progressing existing and creating a new generation of designers who specialise in the design for the most pressing issues of the 21st century. The unique online curriculum combines theory and practical tasks that focus on key elements of research in sustainable reuse and understanding its environmental, societal, economic, and functional implications and developing strategies that account for the importance of social and ecological responsibility.

The MA offers you the opportunity to rethink the existing building stock and redefine new purposes and ways of using the urban fabric. You will analyse various case studies and look at the project's impact on the environment and will develop an understanding of technical processes such as construction, material sourcing and adaptive reuse to make a creative proposal for their project.

During your time on the course, you’ll establish a clear aesthetic, theoretical and technological approach to adaptive reuse that properly equips you to engage in design practice.

Through various modules your lecturers will provide you with current insight into the subject area, helping you refine your new skills, methods and knowledge to become critically engaged with your chosen subject area. During your time on the course, you’ll establish a clear aesthetic, theoretical and technological approach to adaptive reuse that properly equips you to engage in design practice.

You’ll conduct independent research investigations on a selected topic of interest and take responsibility for managing time, plus develop knowledge and connections within the field of interior and spatial design. You will be expected to produce projects based on your own research evidence, developed, and explained visually and via referenced text.

At the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to produce a focused Research Dissertation, throughout this you will receive one on one support with an allocated supervisor.

Information for international students

For further support and advice please visit our International Students section on our website.

Fees and funding

If you have any questions about fees please visit our coursepage.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

The MA Interior and Spatial Design degree offers an opportunity for professionals to progress to employment or professional practice in the design, healthcare consultancy or related fields.

The need for designers who can create spaces, buildings or interior products to achieve, through research, a positive environment for occupant’s wellbeing has never been in such demand. Once completing the course you will become part of a new generation of designers specialising in the design for health and wellbeing.

Course contact details

0330 123 2023