University of Portsmouth - MA Interior Architecture and Design

University of Portsmouth

MA Interior Architecture and Design

If you're passionate about interiors and the built environment, and you want to explore making with analogue and digital methods, this Master’s is for you.



This course focuses on the interior and developing  an understanding of the built environment through sensory and affective engagement.  

You’ll study in an interdisciplinary environment with our other architecture courses as you learn to understand your strengths and disciplinary skills in the wider design environment. You'll be encouraged to engage with interior spaces through creative practice, experimentation, material engagement, and tangible and intangible matters, and learn to use advanced technologies and tools such as 3D printers and augmented and virtual reality in our Centre for Creative and Immersive Extended Reality (CCIXR), the UK’s first integrated facility to support innovation in virtual, augmented and extended realities. 

On this course you'll explore the everyday lives of communities and their role in the environment, culture, economy, the political, and the aesthetic. You'll discover practices of care, and consider carefulness and communication as you engage with climate change by looking at city scale infrastructures among other things. You'll explore everyday detail and the relationship between our lived experience and the structures that impact how we live. You'll also explore strategies for reusing of buildings and work with local communities in socially engaged projects.

During the degree you’ll choose and develop your MA thesis by using a personal research project and building a personal manifesto.  You’ll explore your individual design practice and career trajectory in a self-reflective manifesto, which you’ll develop using an online blog and by working with peers. 

The course will support you to engage with analogue methods of working that focus on the body, human and non-human, at the centre of your practice, and will also encourage digital working methods.


You’ll learn to view your work in different social and cultural contexts and have opportunities to work with others, including communities, and explore your responsibilities relating to climate change and action, ready to graduate with all the tools you need for a career in interior architecture and interior design and associated creative industries.

Entry Requirements

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

Career Prospects

During this course, you’ll guide and develop your own studies, reflect on your design practice to date, and explore where you would like to go in the future and how you would like to work. You’ll build your portfolio by taking part in competitions and working with others in the School of Architecture.

By engaging with live projects and networking with practicing designers/architects, you’ll build your professional experience and network. You’ll learn to work collaboratively, engage in interdisciplinary projects, and build your team working skills. You’ll develop your critical thinking and perspective, which gives you an edge over others with undergraduate portfolios. 

You’ll take part in an interim show in June, and the School of Architecture end-of-year show, where you’ll exhibit your work and network with prospective employers. You may also exhibit at the Interior Educators Exhibition in July. Previous students have had work exhibited at the Oxo Tower, London.

Graduates of this course have gone on to work in areas such as:

  • design practice
  • architectural practice
  • event management
  • exhibition design
  • arts practice
  • education

Course Details

Master's degree students may face additional demands due to work or family responsibilities. The course structure consists of teaching on Wednesday mornings and all day on Fridays, with the expectation of attending specific School of Architecture events. Full-time study takes 12 months, with at least 2 days per week on campus and 3 days of independent study per week. Part-time study takes 24 months, with at least one day per week on campus and 2 days of independent study per week.
Master's study is deeper and more specialized than an undergraduate degree, allowing students to focus on a specific topic and work closely with academics committed to the subject. Independent study and research are more common, but teaching time is mostly in-person and face-to-face. Teaching includes lectures, studio workshops, case study investigations, group work, designing interior environments, and independent study.
Assessment is conducted through studio reviews, research projects, design projects, evidence of the design process, and portfolio work. Students should receive their full timetable several weeks before starting their studies.

Course Modules

Core Modules
Creative Theories: Thinking and Making - 30 credits
Interior Practices: Design Project - 30 credits
Research Methods - 30 credits
Thesis - 60 credits
Optional Modules
You can take one optional module.
Work Based Learning Opportunity - 30 credits
Integration of Transdisciplinary Experiences - 30 credits

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