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MA Interior Architecture and Design

1-1.5 years 2 years Lincoln School of Design Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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This MA programme is designed for art, architecture and design graduates who wish to specialise in creative approaches to interiors in buildings and environmental design.

The programme is designed to enable you to explore the potential of spaces and structures with input from lecturers and practitioners. You can benefit from a multidisciplinary studio environment at the School of Architecture & Design, offering an integrated approach to research and study. You may choose to engage with the research community in the School to inform your investigations.

This MA gives you the opportunity to develop your intellectual and creative approaches in order to consider interior architecture in the context of buildings and environmental design.

How You Study

You may study full-time, part-time or work-based and may change your mode of study at the end of any stage. All students enrol on the Masters programme. You may then elect to take a stage qualification or pursue the full programme.

Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the individual module options chosen and the stage of study. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend at least two - three hours in independent study. For more detailed information please contact the programme leader.

How You Are Assessed

Formative assessment occurs regularly throughout the programme by means of student critiques, draft written assignments and progress reviews. Summative assessment is via project presentation supported by written project documentation.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Entry Requirements

2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent experience. All applicants should submit a digital portfolio with their application.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent.

Key Contacts

Dr Raymund Königk
01522 83 5438

+44 (0)1522 837171

Master's Level

Definition and Direction (Core)

This module provides an opportunity for students to build on, and significantly extend, their certificate stage experience through a combination of practice and written enquiry. The module is designed to enable students to undertake more advanced and in-depth study in preparation for the final masters level thesis project.

The module comprises two linked sections where the students’ particular research interests can be critically explored through a process of self-directed practice based enquiry, supported by a complementary written study.


Students have the opportunity to advance their personal practice by conducting a pilot study in the form of a critical investigation into an aspect of their field of interest. The study may be conceptual/ material/ technical or cultural in focus and should be innovative and speculative in character. The issue(s) under investigation will normally comprise an area of enquiry that may be expanded upon within the final stage of the programme, the master’s thesis.

Written Study:

Students are expected to investigate the social and cultural context of a specialist area of Interior Architecture and Design and undertake an independently managed research study linked to their personal practice. Regular seminars or group tutorials are available to guide the student through a staged process of research to the submission of a theorised essay/ report which may, if so desired, form the basis of more sustained written investigation within the master’s thesis.

Interior Architecture and Design Research Methods (Core)

This module provides students with an the opportunity to develop an understanding of basic research processes, research ethics and a critical framework for the foundation of research questions and strategies.

Lectures and seminars encourage an appreciation of different approaches to research and an understanding of the significance of alternative epistemological positions that provide the context for art and design research. The module provides an overview of critical paradigms that may be used to underpin research leading to either practice based or written outcomes.

Through selected readings, lectures and seminar discussions a variety of social and cultural theoretical perspectives will be considered relating to Interior Architecture and Design.

Interior Architecture and Design Thesis Project (Core)

This module, the final stage of the Masters programme, provides an opportunity to produce a substantial body of work and the chance to significantly extend knowledge, skills and professional abilities. The module aims to build on the experience gained previously in the course and it may be either an in-depth study of a one area of the previous work or an investigation into its wider implications. The resultant project gives considerable scope for expressing original thought, creative ability and independent achievement.

The Master’s Thesis may take the form of either a substantial practice based investigation or a 15,000 word dissertation/ report. The nature of the study will be defined, in consultation with staff, prior to the commencement of the module.

The completed Thesis Project should be an original and independent piece of work. It should, in the context of existing knowledge, demonstrate understanding, critical analysis and original thinking, as well as demonstrating general academic and professional communication skills. It also seeks to foster an ability to work autonomously, and aims to prepare students for either an active role in the professional arena or for further academic study.

Preparatory Work (Core)

This module aims to introduce students from different cultural and specialist backgrounds to the basic principles of practice based research and to more advanced theoretical and practical issues pertinent to Interior Architecture and Design. It is designed to enable the student to begin to map out an area of interest in order to establish specific objectives for their individual programme of study.

The module provides an induction programme, team building exercises, and an opportunity for the student to test ideas and approaches through a combination of practical and written exercises. The subject and nature of the work will arise out of negotiations/ discussions between the tutor and individual student. Students are expected to demonstrate a wide range of skills and knowledge in planning, implementing, documenting and presenting their practical/written work.

Students are also expected to produce a project file. This acts as a sketchbook, ideas book and developmental record. In addition, the file should include self evaluation and a reflective working diary.

Special Features

There is a visiting lecture programme which aims to ensure that you have the opportunity to learn from professional practitioners with extensive experience working in the field of interior architecture. There may be opportunities to take part in study trips abroad. Please see the Fees tab for more details on the potential additional costs associated with these study trips.


Lincoln's School of Architecture & Design is based in an award-winning building. The School aims to provides a dynamic, multidisciplinary design environment with research-active, industry-engage staff who are often specialists in their field.

Career and Personal Development

This programme is designed to provide a platform to progress to employment in architecture firms or design consultancies around the world. Some graduates may choose to advance their knowledge further by undertaking research at doctoral level.

Careers Services

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

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Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

There are additional costs associated with this course. These will vary depending on the scope and ambition of the research and practice carried out by each student on the programme

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Tuition Fees

  2017/18 Entry*
Home/EU £7,300
(including Alumni Scholarship 30% reduction)
(including Non-Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction)
International £13,800
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)
 Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point
 Part-time International £77 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility


A new system of postgraduate loans for Master's courses will be introduced in the UK, beginning from the 2016-17 academic year. Find out if you are eligible.


As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.