Taught course


London Metropolitan University · Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design

Entry requirements

You should have a good Honours degree in Architecture, Interior Design or a closely related subject. Your personal statement in the application form should articulate your academic and professional interests and ambition. Applicants are required to demonstrate design talent, ability and motivation through presentation of a portfolio.

Months of entry


Course content

Course Overview

This course builds on the established strengths of the Faculty in the two major disciplines, their common interest in spatial design and a critical theoretical framework. It is open to architects and interior designers and is taught in parallel with the Professional Diploma in Architecture. The course offers a rare opportunity for high-level joint study. The different elements are coherent and testing. The course is design-based and research-orientated. It will enable you to focus your skills and develop excellence in your work. The coursework provides a strong design platform from which you can develop your thesis creatively and intellectually. The main subject areas are in design, history and theory, each taught through a wide choice of tutors, studios and interest groups with a strong emphasis on self-directed study.

Professor Florian Beigel and Professor Philip Christou have made a video that introduces the Architectire Research Unit.

Course structure

The course comprises design projects, undertaken in a choice of postgraduate design studios, a history and theory course and a wide choice of optional modules.

Modules include:

• Design: Research

• Design: Concept and Proposition

• Design Dissertation OR History and

Theory Dissertation

Optional modules include:

  • Histories
  • Theories
  • Interpretation
  • Concepts of Space
  • Poetry and Architecture
  • Forgetting of Air
  • Cinema and the City
  • The Soundscape of Modernity
  • Digital Design Techniques
  • Energy, Comfort and Buildings

You may choose to submit a written or a design dissertation as your major project.


Your design projects will be assessed through an end-of-year portfolio presentation. The history and theory coursework is assessed through a written dissertation. Optional modules are assessed according to the nature of the module.

Career opportunities

The course provides a practical and theoretical understanding of both architecture and interior design. Graduates generally work within architecture and interior design and in fields allied to both. Students wishing to develop their research are encouraged to apply to undertake a PhD within the department.

Information for international students

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
£11,250 per year
International students
£14,400 per year

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office