Special information for applicants to MA User Experience and Service Design, MSc User Experience Design and MSc Integrated Industrial Design

Due to the strong and growing demand for the above programmes, you are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications will be assessed as applications are submitted, so the earlier you apply, the sooner you will receive a decision on your application.

The application deadline for China applications is 31 January 2023. This deadline allows the University to give students the best international and mixed studying environment and experience, as students from different countries tend to apply at different points of the application period. Applications submitted after this date from China will be considered if there are still places on the programmes.

To allow your application to be assessed properly, you should ensure you provide a portfolio with your application. This should be around 10 pages long and no more than 8 MB in size and should show examples of work relevant to the degree programme you are applying for, as outlined below. We cannot accept a link to a portfolio – you must upload the portfolio itself with your application:

MA User Experience and Service Design / MSc User Experience Design

You must demonstrate your understanding of human centred design, including your design process, the project outcome and how you considered the end user’s experience. You are encouraged to critically reflect on how you could improve your technique and project outcomes.

Please consider carefully whether you prefer MA User Experience or MSc User Experience Design, and apply for your preferred programme only. If you apply for both programmes it indicates that you have not thought about which course best meets your needs.

MSc Integrated Industrial Design

Your portfolio should show examples of work relevant to industrial design and must demonstrate appropriate industrial design skills that will allow you to benefit from the programme. There must be evidence to confirm proficiency in 3D Computer-Aided Design (CAD), examples of physical prototyping within design projects along with an understanding of the technical aspects of physical products, as well as research and sketching in a user-focused setting.

Your personal statement should present your motivation to join MSc Integrated Industrial Design. You are encouraged to critically reflect on how the degree will help you improve your industrial design skills and how this will help you pursue your career goals in industrial design.


For all the above programmes, students may be asked to attend a short online interview to explore their portfolio and motivation for the degree to which they have applied.

Design students are required to participate actively in classes, groupwork and tutorials, so it is important you have a good ability in spoken English and a willingness to take part in class activities. Participation in the University’s Pre-sessional Programmes is encouraged as a way of meeting English language requirement or improving English language ability. The pre-sessional programmes aim to help students transition more comfortably to UK academic culture, study conventions and expectations and give greater confidence in using English language.

If you need more information please contact Postgraduate Taught Admissions: pgtaught@lboro.ac.uk