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Design Innovation and Environmental Design MDes

Design Innovation and Environmental Design MDes

Key information

Qualification type

MDes - Master of Design

Subject areas

Ergonomics Environmental Design (Architecture) Design (Non-Industrial)

Course type


Course Summary

This course focuses on the developing role of the designer in the context of the environment. In recent decades, our experience of space and place has been radically transformed. Across the globe, populations are on the move, with people traveling further and more frequently than at any point in history. Alongside this, the expansion of digital technology has led to novel forms of environmental interaction. We have more opportunities than ever to explore and communicate with the wider world. As societies shift and adapt, the meaning of place and community are being redefined, presenting designers with an exciting range of possibilities and challenges. The programme is based in Glasgow and centres on collaborative, multi-disciplinary group work, undertaken in an open studio space. There may also be opportunities to study at the GSA’s Highlands and Islands campus. Students are supported by regular tutorials and review sessions, as well as numerous workshops and lectures. Key areas of learning will include: the application of participatory and human-centred research methods in real world settings; the appropriate communication of design outcomes; and the ability to articulate of the role of the designer as an agent of change. It is expected that graduates of the programme will be able to operate across a range of disciplines. Immediate possibilities include positions in UX design, wayfinding design, event design and urban planning. Others may wish to continue careers in architecture or engineering. Through the programme’s emphasis on innovation and the exploration of preferable future scenarios, our alumni are well equipped to make a significant and lasting contribution to the field of environmental design.

The assessment combines written work, visual and project material produced both by groups and individuals. The assessment formats are designed to develop analytical thinking, creative synthesis and a rigorous capacity for reflection and self-evaluation. There is an emphasis upon collaborative studio working combined with individual exploration and analysis of theoretical positions and discourses. PG Cert, PG Dip (Specialism), M.Des (Design innovation) Exit at PG Cert is prior to Specialist study, therefore the Specialist area is not specified in the award title. Exit at PG Dip occurs after Specialist study and is therefore part of the named award. Exit at M.Des achieved by accumulation of 180 level 11 SCQF credits without a minimum of 105 Credits in a nominated specialist area will result, in exceptional circumstances, in the award of M.Des Design Innovation (M.Des DI) with no named specialist area of study.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Core Research Skills (15 Credits) - Core
Design Theory (15 Credits) - Core
Parallel Project (30 Credits) - Core
Environmental Design Specialism (15 Credits) - Core
Studio 2 (EnvD) (30 Credits) - Core
Master’s Research Project (60 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a Bachelors Honours Degree or equivalent.