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Interaction Design (MA)

Course Description

This programme offers a unique synthesis of practice-based research and cutting edge sociological concepts and methods, and will equip you to play 
a leading role in the development and understanding of emerging technology in society- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-interaction-design/

Building on Goldsmiths’ unique position in design-led and sociological research, you will learn how to shape your designs through the collection and analysis of social data, employing cutting-edge research methods.

This Masters offers you a distinctive opportunity to challenge and develop your existing practice. You will develop the skills and confidence to work in various settings where an understanding of design in society is key.

You'll have the opportunity to undertake a professional placement, or to carry out independent fieldwork.

Why study Interaction Design?

We believe the discipline of Interaction Design is changing. On the one hand, it has matured as a design-led approach to technological development, where practitioners contribute to the definition of computational technology in commercial and academic settings. On the other hand interaction designers now engage with contemporary social, technological and political conditions and seek other forms of output, such as engagement events, exhibitions and research deployments.

Here, interaction designers have recently engaged with the biotech industry and laboratory science, citizen science and the public understanding of science, alternative community groups and non-standard ways of living, activism and issue-based politics, the politics of web data, government policy, the delivery of health and social care services, as well as the radical reframing of participatory design as a democratic project.

These developments correspond to a richly expanded view of the end-user, from that of user-consumers to one of people and collectives situated in complex sociocultural and political-economic settings. Alongside such developments, interactive technology itself increasingly pervades everyday life, as witnessed by the rise of web 3.0 and online social platforms, and the ubiquity of products and devices that link to such platforms.

This Masters provides students with the practical, methodological and theoretical tools to reflect the range of technical and social issues relevant for designing contemporary interactive systems.

Equally, this programme builds on traditions of design and social science interdisciplinary collaborations and that capitalizes on emerging trends, in academic research and industry, where design research and design practice increasingly draws on the concepts and methods of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and where STS looks to design for methodological innovation and experimental modes of engagement.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Tobie Kerridge.

Modules & Structure

The MA in Interaction Design is delivered through an innovative four-term programme over 15 months.

It is structured around core and option modules, a placement or independent fieldwork, and a major final project.

Depending on your strengths and interests, you'll deliver a final project that strikes a balance between practical design and written thesis or report.

Supported by a strong academic and professional network, you'll benefit from Goldsmiths' world-leading expertise in design and social science research.

The following four themes correspond to the core modules delivered as part of the MA:

-Interaction design
-Design and the sociology of science and technology
-Design research and engaging in the field
-Innovative methodological approaches to design and the social

Interaction Design- 30 credits
Mapping Societies: Interaction Design Research- 30 credits
Researching & Designing in the Field- 30 credits
Design, Technoscience and Cosmopolitics- 15 credits
Independent Research Project- 60 credits


Design at Goldsmiths is ranked:

1st in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2016)
12th in the world (QS World University Rankings by subject 2015)

We’ve also been ranked by LinkedIn as one of the top graduate universities for designers, because so many of our graduates go on to find jobs in the industry.

Critique the status quo

We want you to go on to have your own self-sustaining practice that can change over time, so you’ll learn about design not just as a commercial enterprise, but also as a way to question and critique the status quo.

The freedom to experiment

You don’t have to know what kind of a designer you’ll be: we give you the time and the freedom to experiment, use tools, explore materials and discover different modes of making. Many of our students have already worked in the design industry and are keen to develop their theoretical understanding of the discipline, and have the opportunity to explore their practice without the confines of commercial restrictions.

Industry leaders

Our graduates are industry leaders: many have gone on to work at top organisations and design companies such as Pentagram, Dyson and Selfridges, while many others have set up their own studios and enterprises.


Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

Visit the Interaction Design (MA) page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!

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Banco Santander Scholarships - 7 Awards

In partnership with Banco Santander, Goldsmiths will be awarding seven scholarships to outstanding candidates from within the Santander Universidades network. Each scholarship provides a £5,000 fee waiver and is tenable for one year only.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Scholarships will be open to students applying to study a taught masters degree (excludes MRes and Masters by Research) in any discipline starting in September 2016. The countries targeted (although not exclusively, should exceptional candidates apply from other eligible countries*) will be:Mexico
* The Santander Universidades scheme covers institutions in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, UK, Uruguay and USA.

Application Procedure

Your scholarship application should be completed online through your myGoldsmiths account. This is the online account that you created in order to apply for a course at Goldsmiths.As part of the application, you'll be asked to answer three questions relevant to the award that you are applying for.For more information, please see the Banco Santander Scholarships page.

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Goldsmiths Masters Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Please note that scholarship schemes and awards are subject to the availability of funds, and the details given here are subject to change at any time. we therefore encourage you to check this information regularly

Value of Scholarship(s)



Home and EU students (full-time and part-time).

Application Procedure

Applications for 2015 entry are now closed.

Further Information



The Goldsmiths' Company Postgraduate Bursaries - 4 Awards

Please see website for more details

Value of Scholarship(s)



Students on taught postgraduate programmes (not including MA Filmmaking or PGCEs) starting October 2015. You must be: a UK student; new to postgraduate study; experiencing financial difficulties. You should also demonstrate academic potential and you must not be in receipt of any Goldsmiths, AHRC or ESRC funding.

Application Procedure

Applications for 2015 entry are now closed.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject. You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level. IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in the written test).

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