Entry requirements

If you do not have a related undergraduate degree we also welcome applicants with significant practical experience in a design-related field or those who have done significant research. We expect some expertise in technologies used to conduct and present research. For those intending to produce practice as research we require skills in the use of equipment used to produce design work (IT and/or manufacture workshop skills).

Months of entry


Course content

This programme enables you to develop and undertake original research in or into design practices and related fields at Master's level. This can be preparation for more evolved research, and may allow for fast tracking onto a PhD programme.

You are able to bring your own research project or interests to develop through your study.

Your research may be focused on past and/or contemporary forms of design, design practice, design ideologies, design research. It may also engage with the contexts in which design is produced and consumed, and with wider contextual fields.

The submission for examination can be focused in writing or in practice, in many forms - what constitutes a practice research submission will be part of the ongoing debates on the programme.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, you normally need a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (including 7.0 in the written element) or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)20 7078 5300