Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £1,100 *
International Fees £1,500 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 2 years

* Price per 20-credit module

Start date moved!

This course will now begin in January 2021 to allow for some access to onsite delivery.

Course summary

Our Interior Architecture MA promotes a conceptual and speculative approach to the design of interior environments. In doing so, it places and emphasis on research that seeks to expand the boundaries of the discipline as well as challenge standardised processes and traditional methodologies. The programme affords multiple avenues of creative engagement giving you the opportunity to pursue your particular issues of interest in interior architecture, or specialist areas of three-dimensional design, through in-depth and focused studies, under the guidance of research-active and industry-experienced staff. Over the years, the course has continued to grow and is now an internationally sought-after Master’s programme that sits within the School of Architecture and Cities, based at our well-equipped Central London Campus.

Our course covers a range of specialist areas, both theoretical and practical. The curriculum is delivered through a diverse set of taught core modules including design and theory subjects, as well as the student-led thesis project. We also deliver specialist modules which promote the use of digital technologies to expand the students’ skill set. With a critical pedagogical agenda, we’ll challenge you to strive for a rich, mature synthesis of your learning from these modules, a process aimed to prepare you towards the challenges and opportunities of the complex professional world.

Our three distinct theory and practice research areas, Domestic, Urban and Expanded Interiors, inform the development of our students’ thesis topics.  By embracing the intellectual, spatial, and material and complexities inherent in the subject of interior, you’ll engage with the research areas both by working in collaborative groups and individually. Our end of year catalogues (2018 and 2019) document the results of a wide range of thesis projects that our students have developed following a process involving meticulous investigation and detailed design resolution. Some have uncovered traces of history by carefully repurposing buildings and places; others have dealt with social, cultural and political issues through critical spatial proposals. The work that our students produce is rigorous and ambitious; a reflection of the quality of our programme and an indication of the diverse professional careers that our students progress onto once they graduate.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you study on this course.

Core modules

This module will consider in context how design is utilised as an effective and persuasive tool in the contemporary retail environment. Issues of product marketing, branding, promotion and evaluation of public perception and the power of images will be investigated in a range of focussed design projects. You will be taught how to successfully marry cultural trends necessary for the success of any retail environment, with advanced design skills to materialise their conceptual proposition, which leads to a fully developed piece of design on a given site in London.  

This module will present the major developments in Western Architecture from the Enlightenment to present day. It will introduce you to major cultural theories that have influenced architecture, art and design in general. It will also be an introduction to the theory of subjectivity and its relationship to the realm of interiority. The module will help you apply and find appropriate techniques for critical analysis through a series of seminars and workshops.

This module will prepare you for the subsequent Thesis Project module by introducing research methods relevant to interior architecture. Throughout this module you will critically engage with set theory and practice research areas; formulate individual research topics and questions; analyse literature sources; develop a research plan; and generate an individual research proposal for a suitable design-based or text-based thesis project. 

This module is committed to the rigorous investigation of a chosen interior environment(s), with particular focus on building typology, designed or otherwise, contemporary or historical and the relationship to/within the architectural setting. The module has been designed to complement the Thesis Project module, and provides a model for a thorough, forensic, in-depth empirical study based on a systematic comparative methodological investigation based on a number of appropriate criteria.

This module is committed to the rigorous investigation of a chosen interior environment(s), with particular focus on building typology, designed or otherwise, contemporary or historical and the relationship to/within the architectural setting. The module has been designed to complement the Thesis Project module, and provides a model for a thorough, forensic, in-depth empirical study based on a systematic comparative methodological investigation based on a number of appropriate criteria.

This module specifically deals with the research, development, synthesis, and conclusion of your chosen area of study for your individual thesis project. It is important to note that the thesis project can take a form – depending on the choice of the individual student -- that is design-based or text-based. The course of study for this module will as a consequence depend on the format and the research methods that each student is evolving for their thesis project.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2) in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Interior Design or a related design discipline. We also consider applicants from recognised international pre-Master’s programmes which include a portfolio element. We may also consider qualifications in other related subject areas, as well as demonstrable practical experience or knowledge of interior architecture, at the appropriate level. Applicants would ideally also be expected to have some relevant experience in interior architecture or design practice.

Applicants will be asked to submit their portfolio in an electronic format once they have made an application.

If your first language is not English, you should have an IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each element.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2) in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Interior Design or a related design discipline. We also consider applicants from recognised international pre-Master’s programmes which include a portfolio element. We may also consider qualifications in other related subject areas, as well as demonstrable practical experience or knowledge of interior architecture, at the appropriate level. Applicants would ideally also be expected to have some relevant experience in interior architecture or design practice.

Applicants will be asked to submit their portfolio in an electronic format once they have made an application. 

If your first language is not English, you should have an IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each element.

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Careers

The broad range of skills taught during the Interior Architecture MA has enabled our graduates to either strengthen or change their career paths. We strive to encourage our students to develop their professional interests while studying with us so to allow them to build a portfolio of work that they can then use to find appropriate work in the sector once they graduate. As a result, the course has helped many students to relaunch their careers after graduation. Former graduates from our MA course practise in a variety of areas of design. These include: interior architecture, retail design, exhibition design, set and lighting design, product design, and interior conservation, as well as multidisciplinary and traditional architectural and design practice. Our MA may also form a platform for continuing study with a career in academia or research. 

For students who take the course and are interested in further study, we offer suitable applicants the opportunity to study for an MPhil/PhD degree, not only through the traditional research mode, but also through a PhD by design route.

The School of Architecture and Cities has a wide network of architects and interior designers operating in London seeking graduates to join their practices, which is a very important link between our academic environment and professional body at work in London and further afield. 

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
  • discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • write effective CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our career consultants
  • gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 

Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £1,100 (Price per 20-credit module)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible postgraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £1,500 (Price per 20-credit module)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible postgraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

What our students say

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Azza Hisham

Interior Design MA

After graduating from the University with an Interior Architecture BA, I took a few years out to set up my own business in Sudan, but then returned to pursue my career in design. I decided to do the Interior Design MA because the teaching staff were very supportive during my previous studies and they still are. This course allows you to be creative and think outside of the box. The University's extensive facilities have made a great impact. We have labs for model making and photography to help us expand and experiment with different tools for design. I'm very happy with my decision to take up this course.

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Gina Lee

Interior Design MA

This course encourages you to expand your design thinking and can be highly rewarding to those who approach it with an open mind. Interesting, intense and enjoyable, I have learnt so much from supportive tutors and peers, which will guide my design practice in the future.

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Tobi Agunbiade

Interior Design MA

After graduating from the University with an Interior Design BA, I decided to do this course so that I could develop my design and knowledge skills further. This course has been amazing and challenging. The tutors were always available for tutorials. They kept me focused and helped me to unlock my true design potential. I was given complete freedom to pick my thesis project which allowed me to reach a higher level of research in something that I enjoy. The knowledge and skills I gained from the course will do wonders for future job opportunities.

Student work

Our end of year catalogues document the results of a wide range of thesis projects that our students have developed. Have a look through the 2018 catalogue and 2019 catalogue on ISSUU.com to see their work.

Students have also won an extraordinary number of international awards, including RIBA Presidents Medals, confirming our reputation as one of the world's leading centres for architectural education. 

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Architecture and Interiors at Westminster

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Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million-pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to Westminster Business School and our award-winning Architecture, Planning and Tourism courses. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

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