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What will I learn?

Course Overview

The MRes Design taught programme gives you the opportunity to carry out original, in-depth design research and to develop the skills to become a critical thinker and innovative researcher.

The main aim of the programme is to equip you for further academic study at a doctoral level or to work as a researcher in the cultural industries.

The course encourages intellectual curiosity and inquiry, challenging you to develop a robust and dynamic approach to research. The taught modules provide an excellent framework of practical, communication and transferable skills, supporting your development into a flexible and self-motivated early-career researcher.

You will gain an understanding of research methods, tools and ethical principles along with professional skills in self-management, project planning, academic writing and presentations. You will develop your research in contact with other MRes students from within the Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences at Northumbria University, energising interdisciplinary conversations and provocative thinking.

You will create and deliver a unique, significant project in the form of a dissertation or practice-based output, to demonstrate your ability to produce thought-provoking, well-grounded design research that stimulates debate and contributes to your community of practice.

Your Career

This course will give you skills for life-long learning, including critical skills and attitudes, presentation skills, and the ability to reflect and evaluate. These are all attractive traits and in demand from employers.

You’ll be able to demonstrate critical awareness of research and scholarship in your chosen design discipline and show that you are self-motivated, disciplined and possess a thirst for independent learning.

Throughout the course, you’ll build on your undergraduate skills, adding intensity, complexity and depth of study as you also develop communication, time management and highly developed research and inquiry skills.

Your studies have a real world focus and you’ll be encouraged to make contact with external contacts in industry and academia to develop your research and its potential impact, and grow a network of valuable contacts. We seek to nurture home-grown talent to support and grow the economic, social, cultural and intellectual capital of the region and beyond, into the wider global marketplace.

Which department am I in?

Northumbria School of Design

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£16,000.00 (16,51,973) per year
There are no additional costs.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

20 September 2021


City Centre Campus

Ellison Place,

Newcastle upon Tyne,

Tyne and Wear,

NE1 8ST, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Bachelors Degree (when awarded by a regionally accredited institution): GPA of 2.8 or above for courses which require a UK 2:2 equivalent, GPA of 3.0* or above for courses which require a UK 2:1 equivalent. All Postgraduate Taught Programmes IELTS 6.5 minimum component 5.5.

For international students

Applicants should normally have: A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject. Applicants with appropriate work experience and/or a relevant professional qualification will be considered. Applicants are required to submit a statement of their proposed area of study in order to identify a suitable supervisor. English language requirements: International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*). The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Northumbria University

Northumbria University offers students a vibrant city experience and outstanding education in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne.

  • Globally renowned education with top employability rates
  • Research-led institution solving real-world challenges
  • Generous scholarship opportunities for international students
  • Modern campus with city centre location