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Design and Culture MA

  • Entry requirements: 2:2 (or above)
  • Year of entry: 2017
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Location: London
  • Part-time: Up to 4 years
  • School: Loughborough University London

Programme information

This programme will provide you with concepts and skills for undertaking ethnographic research for completion of design projects.

These skills can be applied and developed in both the interdisciplinary and international design projects that provide the core of the programme.

Building on the strengths of our MA/MSc Design Innovation this programme expands the question does culture inform design or does design inform culture? Through a series of processes and projects students will build a portfolio of work informed by the study of culture through the Media and Creative Industries. This programme supports students to explore the dynamic, contingent relationships between design and its many cultural contexts.

Programme aims

  • To enhance design skills and knowledge through theoretical and practical application individually and in multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary teams
  • Develop collaborative behaviour through active learning and team work, analysing and evaluating problems and responding to challenges in real time
  • To enable graduates to develop their critical thinking and insight to improve their effectiveness as designers
  • To enable graduates to develop their analytical and research skills through undertaking a substantial design innovation and evaluation project that draws on the influences of culture in design
  • To critically analyse how design feeds culture and culture feeds design

Entry requirements

2:2 (or above) in Design, Innovation, Business, Media, Technology or related subjects. Applicants from non-Design backgrounds require 55% and above in their final year. Overseas qualification equivalencies can be found here.  

English Language requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not. Find out more here.

English Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each subtest (Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking) or equivalent.


Modules are assessed by a combination of essays, group exercises, presentations and time constrained assignments. Subject to your choices, there may also be exams.

Students will be asked to produce project briefs, concept drawings, user scenarios, storyboards, project blogs and multimedia documentation.

Take a look at our modules to see what assessments you can expect to undertake. 

Future Career Prospects

This programme will enhance career prospects in user-centred design. This programme will provide you with the right skills and knowledge to enhance your career prospects in user-centred design. You will be a qualified professional versed with many new and developed design skills, and will be experienced in interdisciplinary teamwork.

 Graduates will also have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and career prospects further by undertaking an MRes or PhD programme.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. The standard tuition fees for this course are:

London taught programmesUK/EUInternational
PGT Band 2 £10,000 £22,650

University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.


A number of scholarships and bursaries are available (dependent on eligibility):

Find out more about the support available for international students and UK/EU students undertaking a research degree or a taught programme.