MA Interaction Design

Goldsmiths, University of London

Program Description

MA Interaction Design

Goldsmiths, University of London

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.

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.

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.

Equivalent qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

English language requirements

If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.

For this programme we require:

IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in the written test)

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated March 10, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
15 - 30 months
Part time
Full time
16,770 GBP
Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom London, England
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Duration 15 - 30 months
Price 16,770 GBP