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MA Interior Design for Health and Wellbeing

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: Distance Learning
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2022

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The online MA Interior Design for Health and Wellbeing course is ideal for those who want to enhance knowledge or progress their career in researching and designing for wellbeing, healthcare and related fields.
During the course you can have contact with several key educators, active researchers and a range of industry professionals across all disciplinaries of both design and wellbeing. Linked to the SBID Healthcare Council, which consists of experts across the healthcare design sector, current healthcare research programmes such as dementia, wellness, infection control and equality compliance are integrated into the course.
Accredited by SBID, (Society of British and International Design), all students are eligible for the same benefits as an SBID Associate member but without the fees.
This degree has been both inspiring and beneficial to my career prospects! I 've found that employers linked to the course are keen to offer their expertise and this postgraduate degree met my expectations, due to the online format which was flexibly structured.
Victoria Bellerby BellaBe Design Consultancy Ltd
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I have definitely taken a lot from this course from sustainable design, new materials, learning more in depth about other design sectors such as education, care homes, clinics, spa's etc. It helped me broaden my view on design and how much further we can go in design especially with Covid-19.

It was great to talk to industry professionals from different companies and see what each individual has to say and how one's design approach can change the way we live, work, and study for the better in the future. I recommend this course 100%! Many thanks to my lecturers!
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Application guide

For information on how you can boost your career-prospects and apply for our postgraduate courses, follow our application guide.

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Fees and Funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Why study this subject?

The need for designing for wellbeing at home, the workplace, leisure, hospitality, healthcare environments and retail has become highly relevant in the current design industry. To enhance and protect peoples living, caring and working environment is now, and will be, a growing part of a designer’s role.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

At the heart of the course is the focus on student interest and priorities; we advocate and teach independent researching skills so that you can apply this learning in your own context and in line with your own, or your organisation’s, goals.

Existing links with professional designers and architects practicing within the design for health and wellbeing and sustainability sectors provide an opportunity for you to interact with the industry via an online platform.

What will I study?

This course is about progressing existing and creating a new generation of designers who specialise in the design for the health and wellbeing sector. The unique online curriculum combines theory and practical elements that focus on key elements of research into interior, environment, materials and new sustainable technology. As an online learning course, you can benefit from reduced costs and work flexibility, balancing your personal and professional commitments with your studies.

Through various modules your lecturers will provide you with current insight into the subject area, helping you refine your new skills, methods and knowledge to become critically engaged with your chosen subject area.

This course offers the chance for individuals to focus on their own discipline in design; it can be architectural, product, graphical or interior furnishings. With this course being online, I found this was a good option for myself, as I enjoy my job and I didn't want that to be affected by studying and having to travel.
Katy Harris

The course provides students with the chance to conduct independent research investigations on a selected topic of interest and take responsibility for managing time, plus develop knowledge and connections within the field of interior design for health and wellbeing. You will be expected to produce projects based on your own research evidence, developed and explained visually and via referenced text.

At the end of the course you will have the opportunity to produce a focused Research Dissertation, throughout this you will receive one on one support with an allocated supervisor

How will I be taught and assessed?

Our novel approach to teaching, with online delivery and a virtual classroom capability, helps our students make the most of their time, giving them the freedom to manage work life responsibilities. Students take part in virtual scenario-based exercises, supported by up-to-date material that provide complex and challenging content to stretch capabilities in a supportive learning environment.

Module materials will be available on the course’s virtual learning site and module briefs will be given and explained with core information as a guide to research areas. It will be your responsibility to ensure your equipment and software installation is adequate for home use. Verbal presentation will be required, so web cam facilities should also be installed.


In the meantime, if you have any questions you can email the Course Leader, Mrs Sarah Bax, on

Useful Documents

MA Interior Design for Health and Wellbeing Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Applications are accepted from students who demonstrate a good degree of prior knowledge with a relevant Honours degree, or equivalent knowledge shown via an online portfolio. Evidence of professional practice knowledge without a prior degree is an acceptable mode of entry into the programme.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. Please refer to the Programme Specification at the bottom of the Course Details tab for the full breakdown of core and optional modules, as well as the credits needed to complete your degree. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Contextual Studies for Health and Wellbeing

Developmental Design for Sustainability

Environmental Design Specifications

Year 2 Modules

Integrated Research Project

Research Dissertation (optional)

Independent Project: Written or Practical (optional)

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£4,200 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£4,200 per year

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects?

The MA Interior Design for Health and Wellbeing offers an opportunity for professionals to progress to employment or professional practice in the design, healthcare consultancy or related fields.

The need for designers who can create spaces, buildings or interior products to achieve, through research, a positive environment for occupant’s wellbeing has never been in such demand. Once completing the course you will become part of a new generation of designers specialising in the design for health and wellbeing.

Course leader

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Sarah Bax
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