Our programme integrates design work with theoretical and written studies, including professional practice elements to prepare you for employment in the industry, and a lecture/seminar series to examine the wider context of your studies. The aim is to encourage and support postgraduate students who wish to explore interior, architectural and spatial design as a means of expressing ideas and opinions.  

What you will study

We use the historic city of Edinburgh as focus for our projects. Each year a different building within the city is used as a test bed for ideas. Projects are progressed allowing for research and regular presentation of development work to peers and staff, which encourages discussion and, importantly, self-reflection.  

This programme will guide you through your own innovative design projects that finds 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 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 chosen site.  Through your choice of electives you will have the opportunity to work with students in other masters programmes throughout the University.  

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 Interior Design study at Undergraduate and Postgraduate Level. This will give you access to a wide variety of students and professionals in the field and engagement in events around all things interior, architectural and spatial.  

For assessment, MA students produce a body of practical and reflective written work on agreed, self-initiated topics focusing on a given site in Edinburgh.   


We have an enviable track record of success as our graduates gain interior design work here in the UK and overseas, or set up their own businesses. Students also go on to further academic study at masters and PhD level. 

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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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 2021
  • Value: £10,000
  • Eligibility: Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate Masters study at Edinburgh College of Art.

John L Paterson PG Design Scholarship

  • Deadline:
  • Value: One scholarship of £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 status who apply for admission to either the MA Design for Change or MA Interior, Architectural and Spatial Design programme (full time study only). Applicants must either be a current ECA undergraduate School of Design student or recent undergraduate alumni (within 5 years of graduation) of the School of Design.


Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

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