Interior design student and lecturer examine furniture
Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time
1 year full-time (September and January start) 2 years part-time (September start)
Start Date
September 2022, January 2023


This course encourages you to engage with interior spaces through creative practice and experimentation, exploring space through material and immaterial matter. The course also supports you to use advanced technologies and to engage with 3D printers.

On this MA Interior Architecture and Design degree course, you'll work with historic and contemporary sites to create interior environments, working from the scale of the city to the scale of the room. The course has a particular focus on the sensory engagement with space.

You'll plan and produce a personal research project, and we'll provide the expertise and support so you can develop your practice – so once you graduate, you'll have all the tools you need for a career in interior architecture and interior design, as well as associated creative industries.

Entry requirements​

MA Interior Architecture and Design Master's

Qualifications or experience
  • A good honours degree in Interior Design, Architecture or a related subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Selection process

An online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process.

For more information on how to put together a portfolio, read our MA Interior Architecture and Design portfolio guide.


What you'll experience

On this Interior Architecture and Design course, you'll:

  • Have the option to develop a work based learning project to give you experience of the industry whilst you are learning
  • Work on live projects, with real clients
  • Unpack interior design, sustainable architecture and architectural conservation practice, as well as the relationships between disciplines
  • Use facilities including dynamic studios with advanced architectural computing facilities
  • Have plenty of opportunities to improve your professional portfolio
  • Improve your practical skills in our professional design workshops, featuring facilities for working with resin, plastics and metals, screen printing, moulding and casting
  • Be supported by experienced, professional tutors throughout the course of your studies

Studying the MA Interior Architecture and Design has given me the opportunity to understand the narratives of place and approaches to working with historic buildings; it has also encouraged experimental approaches to design using different methods and new technologies. Programmes, materials and availability of staff at the university were very helpful; as well as communicating with people from different cultural backgrounds.

Hiba Krayem, MA Interior Architecture and Design

Careers and opportunities

The demand for skilled professionals and innovative sustainable designs is increasing. When you graduate, you'll be ready to work within your specialist discipline in design practices, architectural firms and cross-disciplinary environments.

Career opportunities include:

  • Interior design practice
  • Architectural practice
  • Multidisciplinary design practice
  • Exhibition design 
  • Retail design
  • Scenography
  • Design your own job
  • Teaching in HE 

You'll also have the creative skills and professional knowledge to pursue a career in fields such as marketing, advertising, journalism, virtual design and modelling, or in people-centred careers such as project management. You could also explore freelance opportunities or continue your studies to PhD level.

What you'll study on this MA Interior Design degree course

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In the full-time mode of study there are 180 credits in the year – for example, 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 unit worth 60 credits. Part-time students will study for 180 credits over 2 years.


Year 1 (Full-time and part-time)
Year 2 (Part-time only)


Core modules
  • Creative Theories: Thinking and Making (30 credits)
  • Interior Practices: Design Project (30 credits)
  • Research Methods (30 credits)
  • Thesis (60 credits)
Optional modules
  • Integration of Transdisciplinary Experiences (30 credits)
  • Work-Based Learning: Opportunity (30 credits)


Core modules
  • Creative Theories: Thinking and Making (30 credits)
  • Interior Practices: Design Project (30 credits)


    Core modules
    • Research Methods (30 credits)
    • Thesis (60 credits)
    Optional modules
    • Integration of Transdisciplinary Experiences (30 credits)
    • Work-Based Learning: Opportunity (30 credits)

    Changes to course content

    We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

    Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

    Work experience and career planning

    We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

    When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the interior design industry.

    After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

    Learning support

    As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

    ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

    • academic writing
    • note taking
    • time management
    • critical thinking
    • presentation skills
    • referencing
    • working in groups
    • revision, memory and exam techniques


    Teaching on this course includes:

    • lectures
    • studio workshops
    • making
    • case study investigations
    • group work
    • designing interior environments
    • independent study

    Term dates

    The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

    See term dates

    Most teaching takes place during the day, on Wednesday and Thursdays. There may be occasional school trips or visits to London that could take place across the week.

    You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

    How you’re assessed

    You'll be assessed through:

    • studio review
    • research projects
    • design projects
    • evidencing of the design process 

    ​Course costs and funding

    Tuition fees

    Tuition fees

    UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

    • Full-time: £8,100
    • Part-time: £2,700 in year 1, £5,400 in year 2

    EU students

    (including Transition Scholarship)

    • Full-time: £8,100
    • Part-time: £2,700 in year 1, £5,400 in year 2

    International students

    • Full-time: £16,200
    • Part-time: £5,400 in year 1, £10,800 in year 2

    Fees may be subject to annual increase.

    Funding your studies

    Find out more how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover. 

    If you're a UK student, you may be eligible for a Government postgraduate loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.

    Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

    Additional course costs

    These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. 

    Additional costs

    Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

    You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

    You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

    We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

    If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

    There are costs relating to the purchase of drawing equipment, model making, stationery, reprographic requirements and the production of a portfolio. This may be in the region of £100 - £300 each year. We support digital review of some project assessment work to reduce costs.

    If you choose to complete a project not supported by existing University resources, you may wish to purchase extra materials or software. These costs will depend on the nature of the project.

    Optional study trips abroad will cost in the region of £300–£500.


    Start your application by following the link below:

    Starting in September 2022

    Starting in January 2023

    International students

    If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

    If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

    Admissions terms and conditions

    When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.