BA Hons

  • UCAS Code W281
  • Entry Year 2023
  • A Level Requirements ABB
  • Duration Full time 3 Years


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    9th for Graduate Prospects (joint)

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  • £1.8 million investment in purpose-built design studios

Lancaster’s approach to design reflects a department that is actively seeking new and innovative ways to apply design to complex cultural, social and environmental problems. This degree is taught by leading design researchers who advance the theory and practice of design, moving it beyond the scope of traditional disciplines such as graphic or product design.

You will learn how to conduct robust design research so that you are able to conceptualise physical and digital products, services, systems and environments that seek to responsibly enhance human, non-human and planetary wellbeing. This intellectually stimulating course introduces you to a broad range of areas in which design plays a critically important role. These areas may include (but are not limited to) designing for:

  • sustainability
  • healthier lifestyles
  • urban wellbeing
  • future workplaces
  • meaningful home environments

You will develop vital, transferable skills in problem-finding and problem-solving that enable you to creatively address a broad range of issues through design. You will learn how to research, ideate, prototype, visualise, iterate and present your design work as well as learning how to work effectively in a design team. You will also experience working with various types of materials and processes including 3D printing and laser-cutting as well as developing skills using industry standard software such as Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

Our distinctive design course will equip you for a range of exciting careers in existing, new and emerging industries. You will gain real world experience through authentic projects and live briefs, including a group consultancy project. We also aim to include guest speakers and external organisations to provide insight into design and related industries, giving you the opportunity to build professional contacts and gain work experience during your degree.

You can find out more about our facilities, research and the work experience we offer on our departmental website


This degree gives you the opportunity to develop skills preparing you to respond creatively to tomorrow’s fast moving business environment through the development of future visions for innovative products and services. Our degree addresses the need for graduates that are capable of transcending the traditional boundaries of design and possess the requisite knowledge, skills and creative experience to develop novel interactions between people, products, virtual and physical environments.

Graduates from the scheme will have a number of potential career avenues with graduates going on to become: concept designers, user experience designers, design researchers, design ethnographers, interaction designers, graphic designers, product designers, service designers, design developers or design managers. You will also build-up numerous transferrable skills, which can be applied to a variety of creative practices and careers.

The Design degree at Lancaster will give you the opportunity to develop the necessary skills and experience to work in the fast-paced, changing, creative and digital industries.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level ABB

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via

Course Structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.






Fees and Funding

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2023/24 are:

UK International
£9,250 £21,980

Scholarships and Bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status:

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

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Download the course booklet to find out more about Lancaster University, how we teach Design and what you'll study as a Design student.

Design subject guide

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Important information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2023/2024 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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