Our programme integrates design work with theoretical and written studies to examine, question and develop design and thinking in the context of interior, architectural and spatial design. Students undertake a number of core and elective courses throughout the programme, and are required to define their own practice within this field as a means of expressing ideas and opinions. The programme is full time and runs over three consecutive semesters from September to August. 

What you will study

Each year we use a different site in Edinburgh as a focus for design projects, and as a test bed for thoughts and opinions. We combine this with briefs that address current industry issues. You will progress your work using a variety for research methods, design iteration and presentation of solutions through relevant techniques. Your individual direction of development will be supported by self-reflection and by discussions with staff and peers.  

This programme will require you to look at interior, architectural and spatial design through a number of lenses, and by means of your own innovative design responses to projects, you will find new uses for existing spaces at a variety of scales. Projects require you to work both in groups and individually, on varying aspects of research and design. In the third semester students are also tasked with formulating a way to disseminate their work in progress. This may take the form of a theoretical proposal or a physical display.   

Expanding your knowledge

You’ll be encouraged and required to focus on the aspects of interior, architectural and spatial design that you find interesting or personally relevant, and take charge of the direction of your coursework in the context of the given site and briefs.  Through your choice of electives you will also have the opportunity to work with students in other programmes throughout the University.  You will be expected to develop your existing skills in drawing and presentation, both manually and digitally, to innovatively explore and present your responses to the various lenses through which you will examine interior, architectural and spatial design. 

Staff use their research to inform teaching, and as part of the programme you will belong to the Interior Lab – what we refer to the wider family of staff and students involved in the programme including alumni, undergraduate interior design and PhD students. This unique initiative provides a series of events throughout the year which you are encouraged to attend, including lectures and talks by various industry professionals, as well as alerting you to exhibition and events of interest run by outside agencies. 

For assessment, MA students produce a comprehensive body of practical and reflective written work in relation to their core and elective courses, that demonstrate their individual development as a master.

Potential New Programme

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We have a strong track record of graduates working in interior design and architectural practices both here in the UK and overseas, or setting up their own businesses on completion of the programme. Some graduates have also gone on to undertake further academic study at masters or PhD level in various institutions around the world. 

How to apply and entrance requirements

If you'd like to study on a postgraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through EUCLID, our online application system. You can find out how to do this on the University of Edinburgh website, where you'll also be able to:

  • see detailed entrance requirements for each programme on the Degree Finder
  • get information on what to expect after you apply
  • find out about study modes, start dates and fees
  • find out if, and how, you need to submit a portfolio, showreel or research proposal
  • find out where to go for further advice and guidance

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Alumni profiles


Rachel Simmonds

Lecturer Interior Design

Programme Director MA Interior, Architectural and Spatial Design

Email: rachel.simmonds@ed.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)131 651 5752

Facilities and resources

Welding torches, a forge, forming and shaping tools, and a 1-ton gantry crane with access to main workshop areas.

This large wood workshop hosts a huge range of machinery and hand tools for the cutting, shaping, and general fabrication of woods, as well as metals, plastics, and cardboard.

Scholarships and bursaries

Andrew Grant Postgraduate Scholarships

  • Deadline: 1 March 2022
  • Value: £10,500
  • Eligibility: Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate Masters study at Edinburgh College of Art.

John L Paterson Postgraduate Design Scholarship

  • Deadline:
  • Value: £8,000 tenable for one academic year and will be deducted from your tuition fee with any remaining funds being awarded towards living costs
  • Eligibility: Available to applicants with UK/Overseas status who apply for admission to either the MA Design for Change or MA Interior, Architectural and Spatial Design programmes. Applications for full-time study only will be considered.


Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Email: cahss.pgadmissions@ed.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086