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School of Architecture and Built Environment

Interior Architecture and Property Development with Sandwich placement

Why choose this course?


This unique course aims to provide you with a balanced approach to the theory and practical skills needed to successfully apply interior architectural design principles for property development within the broad context of urban design.

You will gain an understanding of the skills that are essential to architectural design development, visual representation and will be encouraged to develop various hand drawing methods; as well as computer simulation techniques to develop your design projects.

Interior Architecture and Property Development

The course explores systems of regulation through which urban and rural developments operate, from the viewpoint of investors, developers and ultimately the occupiers of buildings.

During the course, you will explore current design and development principles surrounding the change of use of a building and how this can directly and indirectly impact on the surrounding urban area. Topics would include design feasibility, conservation, preservation, ‘Secure by Design’ and ‘Home Zones’ design and development principles as well as the construction technology and building regulations required for many types of buildings, interiors and urban developments.

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What happens on the course?

In Year 1, you will examine the process of design, the factors that affect it and the communication methods available including Computer Aided Design (CAD). You will also develop your understanding of human factors within the design process.

In Year 2 you will consider issues such as property re-use, interior architectural technology and design styles used during property development. You will also gain knowledge of the regulations and legal requirements of undertaking design and property development.
In Year 3, you will complete a major design project and enter design competitions in addition to studying topics on professional practice how to set up your own business

Interior Architecture and Property Development

Potential Career Paths

Opportunities exist for employment in areas such as freelance property development, interior design, real estate, housing associations, architectural and property development practices and building contractors.

You could also find openings with the National Trust and English Heritage, in conservation or local councils, with the Churches Conservation Trust, or as a renovation advisor or interior stylist.
Graduates from this course have found employment with companies including Milton Keynes County Council, Carillion Graduate Scheme and Hyder Consulting, while others are now successfully managing their own design companies.

Interior Architecture and Property Development

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

This exciting course has been developed as a result of the department’s research into the current industry climate and the design skills required by the architectural and property development industry. The course is taught by staff with industrial experience using a combination of methods that match professional practice including studio and drawing office sessions and using modern Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Visualisation Software to develop your design work.

The course has been designed with input from industry professionals to appeal to those who have an interest in the interior architectural design and development of both commercial and residential properties.
Urban design and regeneration is high on the national and global agenda and in response to environmental change, the tightening of planning controls and wider sustainability issues, the course reviews the need for buildings to complement, and be sympathetic to, the local and global environment. You will be expected to explore such formal considerations, which need to be balanced with the needs and expectations of the user regarding aesthetics and functionality.

On successful completion of the course, you will:

  • Become fully conversant with the main aspects of the discipline, namely Design Procedures, Design Technology, Procurement and Contracts and Professional Practice.
  • Develop a range of key skills required in professional practice and thereby gain practical experience of developing design briefs, specifications and developing creative design solutions which ideally satisfy both the user and regulatory requirements.
  • Be experienced in the use of a range of presentation media including the use of computer based design and visualisation tools.
  • Have improved understanding of enterprise and organisational issues within the Interior Architecture and Property Development specialism including project management, time / cost factors and ethical and legal responsibilities.
  • Develop increased self-awareness through regular design reviews, self-critiques and exposure to the competitive nature of Interior Architecture and Property Development through engagement with Design Competitions.
  • Have refined entrepreneurial and employability skills thus offering the potential for employment and business opportunities at the end of your studies.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Sandwich £9250 per year 2020-21
International Sandwich £12250 per year 2020-21

Additional Course Costs

Voluntary trips
Trip to House of Commons and other estate buildings Student pays (train tickets circa £75)

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2020 Entry

  • 96 UCAS points
  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see for further information.

If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

International entry requirements and application guidance can be found at

English language requirements also apply

“Interior Architecture and Property Development instilled an in-depth knowledge of architecture, construction and the overall design process. The course work offered me an exciting challenge to find original solutions in realistic circumstances, which has more than prepared me for life in the industry.”

Gavin Lambert – BSc (Hons) Interior Architecture and Property Development Graduate.

Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) for the purpose of exemptions from parts of the professional qualification when progressing to Chartered status.

Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)

Accredited by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website to find out more.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund. for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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