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MA Interior Design 

Course overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area





On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

The aim of this 12-month Master's programme is to engage you in creative and experimental processes and to enhance your ability to grasp complex design ideas. The program has a clear hands-on approach which aligns with the ‘making’ ethos of the School. Live projects, competitions and field trips make this program a unique life-changing experience. View our yearbook to see examples of our students' work.

Design of any scale responds to – and in parallel leads – cultural and social change. Our everyday living changes rapidly. The changing demographics, the emergence of new technologies, shift the way in which we inhabit, use and share spaces. What is the role of design in the rapidly changing contemporary conditions? What is the office space of the future like? What is the library of the future? What is the shop of the future? Through our MA in Interior Design programme we address some of the above questions in a rigorous, experimental and creative manner. Through a fun and hands-on approach we will debate and challenge one another on some of the most current and ‘hot’ design related questions.

Have a look at a small sample of our previous students’ projects.



Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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Hands-on projects

The course will include a number of thematic projects and seminars each year, including: retail design, exhibition design, lighting design.

Strong industry links

Through our extensive links with practices, design studios and a range of relevant industries, you will get exposed to a professional cutting edge environment. Our ambition is that you become leaders of the design of tomorrow.

Serious play

Exceptional design comes through rigorous research and genuine experimentation. Studios and workshops buzz with energy and constructive debates. That’s the ethos we cultivate in our studio.


What we're researching

XSXL: How a small change can lead to maximum impact? How do design interventions change our lives for the better? 

How is design informing and informed by the changes in the contemporary world? How does the design of the high street change at the era of online shopping? How does the design of the bookstore change in the era of e-book? How is the notion of experience re-addressed today by the contemporary design strategies?

Design and Wellbeing: How do advancements in other disciplines (neuroscience, cognitive psychology, etc.) inform the interior design disciplines? How can cross-disciplinary research and interior design projects address the issue of health and wellbeing in the contemporary city?

Through contacts with external organisations we promote and conduct research along the above range of questions. The Museum of Architecture, the Museum of London, ARUP, and other external partners have supported our relevant research and ongoing projects.

The programme is designed and taught by a team of distinct academics and designers, including Dr Anastasia Karandinou and Rashid Ali.

How you'll learn

You will learn through a series of design exercises. You will experiment through trial and error. You will develop rigorous design proposals for specific sites. You will redesign interventions for existing spaces, you will propose temporary structures, you will make models of different materials to test design concepts.

The programme will be taught in small groups, in a studio format. Exercises will include both individual and group work.

The modules will be taught in the cutting edge workshops of the School, around round-table vivid discussions in the vibrant studio environment, along visits to the Excel International Exhibition Centre (situated next to our campus), during walks through London’s most inspiring galleries and museums, and occasionally over a coffee at East London’s designer cafes.

MA Interior Design students may be asked to pay an additional one-off fee of £50 - £200 to the UEL to cover subject-specific expenses of the School.

Who will teach on this course

Dr Anastasia Karandinou (Course Leader)

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Fees and funding

£10,280 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)

The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,906 to taught and research masters students.  It will be paid to students as a contribution towards tuition fees, living costs and other course costs.

Applications are made directly through Student Finance England


Whether you qualify depends on:
•    if you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before
•    your course
•    your age
•    your nationality or residency status

Full eligibility can be found here 

Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans for an overview of the new funding.

Apply for a 50 per cent discount on your tuition fees! You can get a 50 per cent discount on course fees through a UEL Postgraduate Scholarship.

The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses. *Exclusions apply.

Find out more about full eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Terms and conditions apply.

How we can help you

Did you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree?

If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier. Below is some of the funding available to support you in your studies:

Terms and conditions apply.

Below are some ideas on how to fund your postgraduate study:
There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL
•    Online payment facilities
•    By telephone
•    In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
•    Bank transfer
Full information on making payments can be found here
If you wish to discuss payments to the University, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2974 or you can email

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.


Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations. Further information can be found at UKCISA

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA page for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here.

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.


Tuition fees

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations. Further information can be found at UKCISA

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 Honours in Interior Design or Architecture, or 2.2 accompanied by adequate Portfolio

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 


(Including European Union)


Applicants with a 2.2 degree classification accompanied by a portfolio demonstrating relevant skills will be considered. 


Your portfolio should present relevant design work from your previous studies or/and professional experience in interior design or architecture.

It is recommended to include material that demonstrates your design process and concept as well as the final design output.

Also, you could include material demonstrating your abilities in technical orthographic drawing, such as plans, sections, elevations, your abilities in three-dimensional representations using relevant software of your choice, hand drawings or sketches, physical models, and any other visual evidence to show your relevant skills and experience.

The portfolio can be sent as a digital document or you can send us a IRL link to your online portfolio. The length of the portfolio is up to you to decide. Usually 10-20 pages can be enough for demonstrating your most relevant skills.

Overall IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading(or recognised equivalent)

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.

  • Advanced Interior Design 1
  • Advanced Interior Design 2
  • Interior Design Theory 1 
  • Interior Design Theory 2
  • Interior Design Thesis
  • Professional Practice (Mental Wealth)

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed through your constant engagement with design exercises, workshops, studio tutorials, as well as through final presentations, essays and portfolio.

Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be able to:
- Grasp, understand and discuss verbally and in writing complex design ideas and concepts.
- Transform concepts and ideas into resolved design proposals.
- Work as part of a team, and also work independently 
- Develop methods and processes for addressing design problems
- Produce a thorough design project and present it through drawings and models of high quality.
- Present a design proposal through a range of adequate representational techniques.
- Have a professional attitude, ethos, and a desire to always enquire and expand your skills further.

Course specification

Your future career

On the completion of this course you will have developed both advanced design skills and the experience to develop yourself advanced creative design methods and processes. You will be ready to work as an interior designer and in a range of design-related industries, such as retail design, stage set design, exhibition design etc. Through our links with external partners, organisations and galleries, we organise exhibitions of our students work in prominent venues in London. Our ambition is that you will become the leaders of the interior design discipline of tomorrow.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal

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