Interior Design - MA

Full Time, Part Time
September 2016, September 2017
£6,500 per year for UK/EU Full Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

MA Interior Design embraces the truth that true creative spirit is born out of a radical review of the interior design process and facilitates opportunities to continuously develop creative acumen.

You will embrace creative experiences that act as a catalyst for reflection, exploration, debate and the strategic management of the multi-facetted aspects that determine interior design processes.

We are proud of the excellent student satisfaction results our course has achieved and sustained in the National Postgraduate Taught Experience Surveys.

New for 2017/18

Interior Architecture and Design

If you’re looking to start this course in 2017, it's important to know that the content and structure are undergoing a substantial review and are likely to be different to what is outlined here. Next year’s course will also have a new name: Interior Architecture and Design.We’ll publish more detailed information about the changes over the next few months. If you’re starting in 2016, the course content/structure won’t be affected by the review.

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What's covered in the course?

Interior design challenges are geared to encourage you to think critically about the global and ethical impact of your design decisions and practice.

You’ll also question the existing boundaries of interior design, pushing the international platform for the profession forward in new and versatile directions.

“The quality of the student work is exemplary” External examiner

Why Choose Us?

  • The MA interior Design is highly acclaimed and has achieved internal and external commendations for its design and delivery
  • Our programme has received outstanding student satisfaction ratings in the National Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey
  • This course sits within a broad and established platform of postgraduate programmes ensuring creative connectedness
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This course is open to International students

Birmingham School of Architecture and Design

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Kandola
  • Kleiner GmbH &Co. KG

And in jobs such as:

  • Creative Designer
  • Planning & Design Consultant

New £10,000 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,000 available for postgraduate study.

More about postgraduate loans

Entry Requirements

UK students

Applications are welcomed from designers that have already achieved a high quality degree in Interior Design or a closely related three dimensional design discipline, or equivalent qualifications.

Applications from European or International mature students (+21) with alternative qualifications and/or substantial work experience will be considered on their merits/portfolio.

As a minimum, applicants should have a portfolio demonstrating their critical thinking, technical abilities and creative process in a range of media.

EU/International students

Advanced English Skills are essential as this is a taught MA and all project work requires accurate and appropriate communication in English language.

Non-English speakers ideally should have IELTS 6.0 - reading, speaking and writing.

However, applicants may apply with lower IELTS if they successfully participate in our Pre-sessional English Language courses that are delivered just before the main programme begins.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MA Sep 2016 FT 1 year £6,500 per year
PT 2 years £3,250 per year
Sep 2017 FT 1 year TBC
PT 2 years TBC

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MA Sep 2016 FT 1 year £12,000
Sep 2017 FT 1 year £12,000

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

Our courses include activities such as performance, exhibitions, field trips and production of works or artefacts which may require you to purchase specific equipment, instruments, books, materials, hire of venues and accommodation, or other items. Many of these activities are essential and compulsory parts of your learning experience.

The link below gives you an estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is available part-time

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our pdf application form instead.

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

Stage 1: Postgraduate Certificate

Stage one modules introduce enhanced theoretical subject areas in order to expand key knowledge and professional skill components, via the introduction of theories and debates, which inform current interior design practice.

Modules include:
Design Systems
30 credits
Design Culture
30 credits

Stage 2: Postgraduate Diploma

Stage two modules build upon this expansion of technical skills and academic knowledge by addressing the topical socio/cultural issues and political influences that are defining new trends and innovative areas of focus for the profession.

Modules include:
Design Futures
30 credits
Personal Project – Research
30 credits

Stage 3: Masters

Stage three modules predominantly concentrates on the student’s unique Personal Project, which is negotiated with the teaching staff within the School. Whilst the module refers to the ‘Personal Project’ this does not mean that students undertake this in isolation – quite the opposite.

Throughout this period students undertake peer-group presentations, seminars and tutorials so as to use this integration with staff and students to build the project to its full potential as an innovative, confident and creative interior design solution.

Modules include:
Personal Project – Practice
30 credits
Personal Project - Communication
30 credits

This taught programme conceptually explores a new horizon for spatial design that addresses topical design issues and emerging trends.

Lectures, seminars and tutorials blend design theory with interior design practice and help you to develop your ability to think analytically and critically.

‘Live Projects’ and other assignments will underpin the requirement for you to strategically manage and balance ‘thinking and doing’ when you are imagining and creating concepts.

Full-time option

Full-time students attend for scheduled teaching and learning experiences for two days per week. The rest of full-time the week is spent either developing a range of advanced creative, academic and professional skills through arranged workshops, seminars and tutorials, or, the students will participate in their assignment work through periods of self-directed study. It is anticipated that full-time students will need to spend approximately 40 hours a week on assignments.

Part-time option

Part-time students attend for scheduled teaching and learning experiences one day per week. The rest of the part-time week is spent either developing a range of advanced creative, academic and professional through arranged workshops, seminars and tutorials, or the students will participate in their assignment work through periods of self directed study. It is anticipated that part-time students will need to spend approximately 20 hours a week on assignments.

  • Trimester 1 includes three weeks of Winter vacation and an induction week.
  • Trimester 2 includes three weeks of Spring vacation.
  • Trimester 3 includes two weeks of Summer vacation and PDP Activities/Events.

Informal reflection and debate are at the heart of the seminars and group tutorials where peer reviews, active learning exercises and self-appraisal help our students to shape their assignments towards self-determined outcomes.

Project work is always professionally presented and will be assessed formally by a team made up of internal and external experts and academics.

Further Study

During your studies, you might want to investigate the broad platform of Masters programmes and research degrees that are available at the University. This may include a Doctorate of Philosophy.

The PhD is a prestigious qualification that demonstrates talent, expertise and academic excellence. Our PhD students are dedicated to making a contribution to new knowledge in the field of architecture, design and design education

Trips and visits

You might use the assignments to help you to determine places to visit and people to meet such as London for example.

In 2015 our students toured Italy as a team and visited the ‘Milan Expo’ and the Venice Architecture Biennale.  Other cities that have been visited include Paris, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Berlin, Amsterdam, Lisbon.

Enhancing your employability skills

The MA Interior Design course will act as a catalyst for creative enterprise. We will connect you to companies, clients and professional designers who need your help to realise challenging projects.

You will recognise employability opportunities aimed at realising your own personal and professional potential. This often involves better understanding your own practice as part of a process of continual professional development.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Graduate jobs

Our successful graduates have gone onto a range of international careers including:

  • Interior Design – GSA - Sydney (Amerjit Siyan)
  • Interactive Design – Graphic Designer/ Web designer and Visual Artist at Birmingham City University (Tom Teby)
  • Project Management – Chrysalis Design Litchfield  (Jordan Williams)
  • Lecturing – University of Bahrain (Tamdher Alfahal)
  • Academic Research – Heritage Research Officer - Leeds (Dr Jennie Gadsby)
  • Design Journalism – PClady Digital Design - Chief Editor - Beijing (Dongman Zhu)
  • Exhibition Designer – EDG Design - Shenzen (Hao Chen)
  • Architecture – Glenn Howells Architects – Birmingham (Maria Paula Echevmp Jurado).

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Our international students

Our programme attracts a wide cross section of international designers. This multi-cultural mix which has a tremendous impact on the collective and individual design processes that are made in response to the social and cultural briefs that are set.

Strong overseas interest in our graduates means you’ll have the opportunity to work all over the world in countries such as Thailand, Romania, Spain, Dubai, China, America, Iran, Australia, Columbia Taiwan, Malaysia, India, Lebanon, Indonesia, Tanzania, Germany, Hong Kong, Bahrain as well as the UK.

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our interior design course is most popular with international students from:  

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

Birmingham School of Architecture and Design is based at the state-of-the-art £62 million Parkside Building, a new development on our City Centre Campus within Eastside.

The new building has added an extra dimension to the School. Our campus has extensive studio and workshop provision and cutting-edge equipment reflecting the broad range of study opportunities on offer. The building has been designed to actively promote shared space opportunities, for students to engage with others across the University as part of the learning experience.


In many cases, our main studio and workspace is the city of Birmingham.
We give our students the opportunity to work on many collaborative projects involving the transformation of the city. These include:

  • Working on-site at the £600 million re-development of New Street Station
  • Work on our neighbouring Curzon Building, which forms Phase 2 of the City Centre Campus development
  • Nearby Off-campus Nest Gallery based within Glenn Howells Architects


We have our very own digi.lab, which is used for prototyping and as a learning resource. Here, you can experiment with 3D printing and laser cutting, preparing you to work on our range of larger machines. You will work in a home studio base five days a week, and also enjoy the opportunity to share others’ facilities and space when necessary.

Digital Presentation

At the School, we have placed a large emphasis on digital presentation. We currently have nine plasma screens for such uses, and try to keep our facilities as paper-free as possible.

Meet our staff

Our postgraduate team of lecturers are leaders in their design fields.

On the MA Interior Design course you will be taught by experts who specialise in:

  • Design Communication
  • Creative Processes
  • Sustainability
  • Brand Development
  • Hospitality
  • Strategic Design Management.

Delia Skinner

Course Director

Delia Skinner is the Course Director of the MA Interior Design and a Senior Teaching Fellow working across creative programmes at the University.

From an initial career start at a leading architectural practice, she developed a career as a design educator, working across many different design disciplines in the UK and Asia.

Delia’s area of research relates to the phenomenon of creativity and how this is experienced and interpreted by interior designers.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295