MA / PGCert / PGDip

Interior Architecture and Design

  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Location: City site
  • Starting: September
  • Course duration: One year full-time, two years part-time

This design driven course develops principles and techniques necessary for creating innovative design solutions to interior spaces. Specialising in an area of personal interest within the course framework, you will expand and develop advanced design thinking and the skills required for creating design, management and technological solutions to a range of challenges.

This course:

  • focuses on interior spatial interventions in the context of existing or new buildings
  • develops advanced design, management and technical skills
  • enables you to focus on areas of interest to you
  • benefits from strong links with industry
  • offers extensive opportunities to work on live design projects
  • is available full-time, part-time and by continuing professional development.

This visual and interactive course gives you the opportunity to become an architectural design innovator and problem solver, combining practical skills with spatial awareness, practical applications and function. You will gain a deep understanding of the role of an interior architect, ready to move straight into industry upon graduation.

What you'll study

You will also gain a broad understanding of newly developing material technologies and related optional subject areas to enable you to exploit and maximise all design opportunities.

The course develops skilled professionals qualified to solve and manage complex problems related to interior architecture from advanced cultural, environmental, economic and design perspectives.

For example, these may be related to sustainable urban contexts and materials, technology, component design, architectural conservation, exhibition / museum design in the digital age or learning environments for the future.

  • Year One

    Weeks 1 – 15 (Certificate phase)

    • Design Communication for Interior Architecture and Design (20 credit points)
    • Design Studio 1 (20 credit points)
    • Research Methods (20 credit points)

    Weeks 16 - 30 (Diploma phase)

    • Technical Communications (20 credit points)
    • Design Studio 2 (40 credit points)

    Weeks 31 – 45 (Masters phase)

    • Major Study Project for Designed Environment (60 credit points)

    Within these modules there are opportunities to study industry specific specialisms including:

    • Spatial Design
    • Detailing
    • Conservation
    • Refurbishment.

    There is also the opportunity to work on interdisciplinary projects with students on other courses within the School.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Develop advanced design, management and technical skills

How you’re taught

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, critiques, case studies, workshops, site visits and field trips. Project work will be individual and group based.

There will be input from external professional organisations to bring you into contact with specific up to date, high quality expertise.

In addition to the delivery of design, management and technical knowledge, the course also pays special attention to developing key skills in independent learning and research.

How will I be assessed?

The ethos of combining theory and practice is strongly reflected in the nature of assessments. All assessment is coursework based, requiring students to undertake practical work together with research and critical evaluation to demonstrate the link between theory and practice. The main assessment methods are:

  • narrative and visually based essays
  • individual and group design projects and reports
  • individual and group presentations

Opportunities to work on live design projects

Careers and employability

The course’s multidisciplinary approach will open doors for you to work in a variety of roles within art, design and architectural practices.

Recent graduate roles have included interior architect, interior designer, retail architect, in design firms and consultancies in the UK and overseas.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 2.2 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant (cognate or semi-cognate) discipline, including, but not limited to: architecture, interior architecture, or building surveying.

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you will be asked to upload a practical portfolio of your work to our secure site. If you'd like to prepare your portfolio in advance here are some guidelines.

Applicants with non-standard entry requirements and / or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.


English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page. Most of our postgraduate and professional courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you will be asked to upload a practical portfolio of your work to our secure site. If you'd like to prepare your portfolio in advance here are some guidelines.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal. Apply for your as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you will be asked to upload a practical portfolio of your work to our secure site. If you'd like to prepare your portfolio in advance here are some guidelines.

Applicants with non-standard entry requirements and / or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service. Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Still need help?

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