MA Interior Architecture and Design

Students can benefit from dedicated studio spaces in an environment that encourages collaboration and the exchange of creative ideas.

The Course

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 Lincoln School of 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.

There is the opportunity to develop a network of industry contacts and compile an individual portfolio.

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.

Definition and Direction (Core)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

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.

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.
 2019/20 Entry*
Home/EU £7,400

(including Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction )**

International £16,000
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)**
 Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point
 Part-time International £89 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility


A Postgraduate Master's Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study. Individuals** will be able to borrow up to £10,906 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification. The amount available will depend on the start date of your course.

- £10,906, if your course starts on or after 1 August 2019
- £10,609, if your course starts between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019


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.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

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

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.

First or second class honours degree or equivalent professional experience.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Dr Raymund Konigk

Programme Leader

Dr Raymund Konigk is the Programme Leader for the MA in Interior Architecture and Design. His master's dissertation investigated interior design as a discipline and defined it as a profession. His completed doctoral studies investigated the imaginal interior and the role of generating meaning in the interior artefact. He has contributed to a number of national and international organisations, including recent symposia for the GloW-DESIGN in Singapore; the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers in New York and plenary addresses for the China Productivity Centre in Taipei and the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers in Kuala Lumpur.

Your Future Career

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.

Visit our Careers Service pages here


At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Interior Architecture and Design students work in the award-winning Art, Architecture and Design building. The School provides a dynamic, multi-disciplinary design environment, with staff who are research-active and industry-engaged.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.

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.