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Design (MRes)

Course Description

About this course

This full-time taught research course gives you the opportunity to carry out in-depth original research into design practice while developing the skills to become an independent, critical thinker and effective design researcher.

The taught modules provide a framework of transferable skills that apply to all researchers as well as those relevant to your chosen pathway subject of Arts, Design, English Literature, History, Social Science, or Media.

You will gain an understanding of research methods while developing expert professional skills in communication, self-management, and project planning. You will devise and deliver a significant research-based project in the form of a dissertation or practical arts based project, to demonstrate your interests and ability to think independently.

Whether you go on to further PhD study, or work as a researcher for a range of public services and professions, this course gives you the research and professional skills for a successful career.

Full time


Part time


Entry requirements

Applicants will be computer literate as appropriate to the subject of study i.e. AutoCad, 3D StudioMax and Adobe Creative Suite and should be familiar with the use of internet technologies

It is essential that students studying this postgraduate design programme have access to the following:

A scanner or means of digitalising image or design work
A computer with access to the internet
An internet browser such as Internet Explorer or Safari
Acrobat Writer and Reader
Imaging processing software such as Adobe Photoshop / 3D StudioMax / AutoCad etc.

Who would this Course suit?

Those looking to develop research skills and prepare for a career in design education, teaching or research. This course is also an ideal stepping stone to a Design PhD.

Visit the Design (MRes) page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to have a good honours degree in a design discipline with at least a classification of 2:1, a recognised professional qualification or with substantial experience working within an appropriate area of design or design related field.Applicants with a good honours degree in a related subject may be considered. Applicants not meeting these criteria will be considered on an individual basis depending on the strength of their application and experience.

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