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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Moulsecoomb Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

On this established course, designers and creatives use practice-based design research to examine the challenges of sustainable development and present original ideas for more sustainable futures.

You will be learning in Brighton, a progressive city where sustainability and social concerns are high on the agenda. You will be working alongside experts in design, ecology, psychology and business in lively postgraduate studio spaces. We provide a stimulating environment that will encourage you to explore and challenge existing ideas and develop new propositions for sustainable development.

Throughout the course, you will gain knowledge and skills in speculative and critical design, design research and business-focused design innovation. You will leave us with the confidence and aspirations needed to become an effective agent of change – ready to enter a world where sustainable development forms the foundations of good design.

Why study with us?

As a student of this course you will benefit from our innovative interdisciplinary approach to sustainable design that incorporates ideas from ecology, psychology and business with a balance of theory and practice.
You will be joining a vibrant community of School of Architecture of Design students, studying in a collaborative environment of dedicated workshops and studios.
Brighton is one of Europe's most progressive and creative cities, providing the ideal backdrop and inspiration for the subject.
Our guest lecturer programme features inspiring staff from industry including Richard Gilbert (director of The Agency for Design), Oliver Heath (founder of OH Designs) and Doug McMaster, zero-waste restaurant founder.
You will meet a diverse and inspiring group of fellow students – people join us with backgrounds in graphic design, illustration, architecture, fashion, education, politics, product design and more. Introduce yourself on our Sustainable Design Facebook group.

Making sure that what you learn with us is relevant, up to date and what employers are looking for is our priority, so courses are reviewed and enhanced on an ongoing basis. When you have applied to us, you’ll be told about any new developments through our applicant portal.


After graduation, many students secure influential positions within major global businesses, charities and NGOs. Previous students include:

a product designer for Thammasorn in Bangkok, Thailand
an assistant professor at Suwon Science College in Hwasung, South Korea
a media designer at AKT II
a sessional lecturer at the University for the Creative Arts
a designer at the Graphic Thought Facility
a media producer at Paper Tiger Television
a design and technology teacher at Brighton and Hove College
a lecturer at Petra University in Amman, Jordan
creative head at Archeng Designers
a BIM engineer at CC
a senior sustainability advisor at Forum for the Future.

A number of our students establish independent design agencies, social innovation labs and research centres. Many decide to continue their research in the form of a PhD, and have a particularly strong record of achieving fully funded studentships, both here at Brighton and internationally.

Tuition fees

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£ 15,300per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Brighton

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  • Campus address

    University of Brighton, Mithras House, Lewes Road, Brighton, Brighton & Hove, BN2 4AT, England

Employability is embedded into every course, helping students to develop transferable and personal skills.
The university is set between the sea and the South Downs National Park and has easy access to London.
International students are guaranteed a place in halls of residence.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    32nd out of 85 16

    59th out of 71 7

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    140 64%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    64.0 64%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.90 78%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    90 45%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    68.0 68%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.88 78%



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