Design Innovation & Environmental Design

Key Facts


Programme Overview

How to Apply

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M.Des in Design Innovation & Environmental Design. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow. Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.


The assessment combines written work, visual and project material produced both by groups and individuals. The assessment formats are designed to develop analytical thinking, creative synthesis and a rigorous capacity for reflection and self-evaluation. There is an emphasis upon collaborative studio working combined with individual exploration and analysis of theoretical positions and discourses.

Studio environment and access to GSA technical resources and other facilities.

Programme Director
Dr Gordon Hush

Programme Leader
Dr Emma Murphy

Subject Leader
Irene Bell

Studio Leader
Elio Caccavale

Studio Tutor
Dr Iain Reid


Programme Overview

This one-year taught Postgraduate programme in Innovation & Environmental Design focuses on the study of 'place'. It considers the material geography and the relationship and interactions of a community within a particular landscape or location.

It aims to identify opportunities for change and innovation through the application of design methodologies and thinking, to use design practice as a means to understand and explore the human and material factors that shape an environment.

Using empirical research processes, the material and the human contexts that influence 'place' will be explored through the application of design strategies and user-centered methodologies.  By working within communities the cultural and commercial histories that have shaped individual and group identity can be better understood and used to affect positive change in the physical environment and how a community interacts with a particular landscape or place.

The process is aimed at engaging students in collaborative design practices and to nuance individual skills and expertise within a multi-disciplinary group context. It seeks to equip students with the tools and processes essential in responding to the needs of particular demographics and environments.