Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Interior Architecture

School of Science, Engineering and Environment




Three year

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

Finding imaginative and sustainable uses for buildings in our space-constrained cities is a key challenge for interior architects and designers. Become part of the solution to this vital urban challenge with our exciting BSc (Hons) Interior Architecture degree.

Working alongside our Architecture and Architectural Engineering students in our dynamic studio environment, you will experience action-learning as you build design principles, understand how to shape better building experiences, appreciate the ergonomics of a space and spot how a building can maximise its potential. 

Guided by international expert tutors, our course will help you to develop career-essential knowledge and skills. Through our enviable location close to buzzing central Manchester, our strong industry links, and our professional studio environment, you'll study architecture in an inspiring, engaging way during your time at Salford.

Not sure about this level of study? We also offer Interior Architecture with a foundation year entry pathway.

Start your study journey

Register for our next Open Day to learn more about studying Interior Architecture, explore our facilities and meet the course team

You will:

  • Explore intelligent design and critically examine how space is occupied and understood, at both individual and group levels
  • Consider a building’s total design, including themes and issues such as heritage, ergonomics, materials, structures and connected systems
  • Collaborate with students from other built environment disciplines as you focus on the 'making of buildings’
  • Build industry connections as you work on live briefs across Greater Manchester and beyond

students accepted

This is for you if...


You have a real passion for developing, advancing and shaping the future of the built environment


You want to combine highly imaginative creative design skills with sound technical and management knowledge


You are creative and an original thinker

Course details

All about the course

Architecture Studios Lecture Space

Course Delivery

Taking a creative approach to building adaptation and reuse, through strategic design, construction and sustainability, our Interior Architecture degree course considers the built environment in a collaborative and imaginative way. With a focus on your future career in industry, we promote action learning and nurture your skillset to reflect workplace trends and contemporary practice.

You’ll focus on architectural spatiality and studio-based activities in your first year, then you will explore how to design according to performance criteria and conceptual frameworks in year two. Bring it all together by applying all your knowledge in a final interior architecture project to present at our annual degree show.

Learn more about the course modules in the section below.

Two students working on a laptop in architecture studios

Learning Experience

With our enviable location at the heart of buzzing central Manchester, our expert academic team draws on close industry partnerships with architecture, engineering and construction sectors, to bring you guest lectures, networking opportunities and local architectural projects that will support your knowledge and skill progression. Based in our dedicated design studio in our newly opened SEE building you will develop your design knowledge and skills using a blend of theoretical, collaborative, and practical methods.

Through live briefs and guest lectures, you’ll graduate excited and inspired, ready to help change our environment for the better.

With our Interior Architecture degree, you will study progressively challenging design studios which will introduce you to creative design practice and innovative approaches to design alongside techniques of drawing, modelling, and alternative forms of representation. Our Technology modules will further enhance these design studios, expanding your expertise in the retro-fitting and detailing of contemporary interior architecture. The Practice modules will enhance your understanding of the industry, supporting a collaborative approach to the practice of Interior Architecture. Your studies are supported in each year by through the exploration of History and Theory, an opportunity to learn from the past and offer new solutions to the future.

Based at our green Peel Park campus, we use fascinating action and studio-based learning experiences to ensure you study in an inspiring engaging way. You’ll have the opportunity to tackle live briefs, sketch ideas and make models as you fill your Instagram feed with impressive local architecture. Receive an immersive, rewarding experience at Salford where you can showcase your design skills at our degree show.

Year one

Design Studio 1A

This module will introduce you to architectural thinking and the implications of the inter-relationships between people, the environment and place making through the development of a series of exercises of low design complexity.

Design Technology 1

This module introduces you to construction technology, systems and services by focusing on principles of structures, construction assemblies, techniques and sustainable design of domestic architecture. Within the context of the climate emergency you will explore the fundamental approaches to construction used to achieve safe, environmentally sound tectonic strategies. The module will discuss building physics and the building’s fabric, and how its environmental services and systems need to be combined to provide physiological, thermal, visual and acoustic comfort. 

History and Theory 1

You will be introduced to the canon of western architectural history and its underlying ideological assumptions. The module locates the major practices and sites of western architecture in a wide visual, cultural and ideological context and critically examines its relevance to the practicing architect today. 

Interior Architecture Design Studio 1B

This module is delivered within a studio setting in which creativity and innovation are encouraged, developed and challenged through a series of increasingly complex design exercises. The design exercises which you will encounter through the module are designed to progressively develop your appreciation of interior architecture as both experience and process. They will provide you the opportunity to explore the actions of interior architecture as the scaffolding to your future learning. The ideas and approaches which are explored and developed in this module provide an integrated and expansive context within which to develop your appreciation of interior architectural practice. 

Practice 1

This module introduces you to the foundational principles and integrated knowledge required for successful architectural practice, aligning with the RIBA Plan of Works. You will develop skills in design integration, environmental consciousness, construction knowledge, and professional practice, in preparation for the challenges of the architectural profession and the changing landscape of the construction industry. 

Year two

Interior Architecture Design Studio 2A

The focus for the module is to foster an appreciation of the social impact of interior architecture as activist space. You will develop an appreciation of the inter-relationships between people, the environment and society through the development of an interior design intervention of a medium level of complexity.

History and Theory 2

The module aims to develop the broad understanding of the history and theory of architecture focused on the examination of the histories of modern architecture. The field of enquiry will also be broadened by a consideration of urbanism and critical theory relevant to the histories being considered and demand a greater appreciation of the role of the architect in society.

Interior Architecture Design Studio 2B

This module enhances your prior learning and develops the opportunity to enter a national or international design competition alongside the development of a personal interior architecture design brief. Exploring interior typologies, the module aims to develop your creative potential within a future built environment context. You will extend the design brief(s) to propose innovative new approaches to interior space and extend the ideas and approaches you have explored and developed throughout the programme to date. 

Design Technology 2

The module further develops your understanding of technological innovation in architecture integrating the parallel strands of Structure and Services introduced to you in year 1 through two core themes central to Building Fabric Design: Design for Climate and Sustainability and Design for Human and Life Safety. Through these themes you will develop competencies in more advanced construction techniques, systems and assemblies for non-domestic buildings and through this you will extend and develop your technical vocabulary and grasp of building physics and building fabric design for more complex building forms.  

Practice 2: Multidisciplinary Project

The multidisciplinary module allows you to engage in a multidisciplinary practice-based environment and gain an insight into industrial practice. Utilising a real-world scenario student’s work collectively and collaboratively to communicate a project solution to a panel of assessors through varying forms of media. This module is supported with a series of industrial guest speakers to offer real life practices, procedures, technologies, and communication techniques.

Year three

Interior Architecture Design Studio 3

This module is a self-initiated design project which asks you to select an existing architectural site, to prepare an innovative brief and to develop a creative interior proposal. You will synthesise a range of theoretical, technical, cultural, spatial and professional issues, developing an integrated design scheme through a rigorous and personal design process. With a creative design proposal in place, you will present the final scheme through a package of technical and visual drawings to communicate your scheme to a range of audiences.  

Practice 3

This module aims to prepare you for your first year in industry by equipping you with a comprehensive understanding of the profession of architecture. You will develop an understanding of the role of the architect in society. You will learn about the management of the construction industry, the role of the architectural practice and responsibilities of each within the regulatory legal context within which architecture operates. 

Ideas and Issues in Interior Architecture

This module aims to prepare you for your first year in industry by equipping you with a comprehensive understanding of the profession of architecture. You will develop an understanding of the role of the architect in society. You will learn about the management of the construction industry, the role of the architectural practice and responsibilities of each within the regulatory legal context within which architecture operates. 

Design Technology 3

This module comprises the development of tectonic rationale and detail design at a variety of scales and levels of detail and the continued formation of an iterative design methodology. It builds on the formation of technical assemblies, structural and environmental rationales and communication of detailed design solutions developed in parallel with a design task of some complexity and asks that you both build upon and challenge accepted performance and evidence-based modes of integrated design whilst seeking compliance with technical standards and regulatory frameworks for sustainability, health and life safety, and delivering a plausible and buildable project. 

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


As an Interior Architecture student, you will spend a lot of time in our dedicated studios, where you will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods:

  • Studio projects
  • Projects with other students
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Directed study
  • One-to-one tutorials (by appointment)
  • Guest lecturers and visits to sites


You will be assessed using a range of methods to support your learning journey with us:

  • Design Portfolios (50%)
  • Illustrated Technical reports (20%)
  • Reports (15%)
  • Essays (10%)
  • Online tests (5%)
What You Want To Know

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between architecture and interior architecture?

Architecture is all about the construction of structures, especially buildings. Architects deal with the overall structure, having a comprehensive understanding of building codes and regulations. Interior architects, however, design the building from the inside out. Interior architecture deals with areas such as accessibility requirements, lighting design, and ergonomics. 

Is it hard to study architecture?

Studying interior architecture can be challenging since it involves many practical aspects and tasks, however, our students find our programmes incredibly rewarding when gaining a wide range of skills during their studies.   

There are methods to ensure you’re getting the best of your degree, including practicing good time management and making time for yourself to recharge. If you find your studies overwhelming, there will be support available from your lecturers and university support staff. 

What GCSEs and A Levels do you need for architecture?

Most of our architecture programmes require GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/Level 4 or above and a certain number of UCAS points. The specific entry requirements for this programme can be found in the entry requirements section. 

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our degree courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, and industry leaders. 

Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to become unstoppable in your career. 


As an Interior Architecture student, you will learn in our carefully designed architecture studios provide an inspiring environment to develop ideas, work collaboratively and share best practice.

We also have workshops which house high specification equipment, including laser cutters and 3-D printers, to help you bring your ideas and concepts to life.

Industry collaboration and research

When you start this degree with Salford, you are also joining a community making a difference in industry, our local region and in our wider society.

Many of our academics and technicians who support your course also deliver collaborative, interdisciplinary, high-impact work in a range of local and global built environment issues and challenges.

Discover how you are part of something bigger.

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What about after uni?


This course is designed to help you to develop a range of personal and professional skills which will make you highly employable. These include report writing and presentation skills, IT skills and team work and project management skills.

By successfully completing an interior architecture degree, a wide range of exciting career opportunities will be open to you. Interior Architects are highly valued in many sectors and work widely throughout the creative industries. You may be working within an architectural practice (i.e. Foster and Partners, Benoy, Gensler, MHA Architects, Mason Gillibrand Architects etc.), a retail and experience design agency (i.e. Household, Brinkworth) or within the hospitality, workplace and exhibition design arenas. You may also specialise in lighting design and consultancy (i.e. Arup, Buro Happold).


We offer specialist postgraduate study options to help you take your architecture career even further. Salford graduates and alumni will also receive a significant fees discount. 

MSc BIM and Digital Built Environments

MSc Real Estate and Property Management

A taste of what you could become

An interior architect

An experiential designer

A retail designer

A workplace consultant

A lighting designer

And more...


What you need to know


This course is ideal for those with an interest in building design who want to combine highly imaginative creative design skills with the sound technical and management knowledge base that is essential for success in today’s design, architecture and construction industries.

In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for certain characteristics in each applicant. Having these characteristics will not only help you to fulfil your academic potential, but they are also essential if you want a successful built environment career.


All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, and we also accept a range of equivalent qualifications.

Read more about our English language requirements, including information about pathways that can help you gain entry on to our degree courses. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take our Pre-Sessional English course to gain entry onto this degree.


All candidates must submit a portfolio. Letters of verification confirming that the portfolio is your own work must accompany the portfolio. For example, the letter can use school/college headed paper and be signed by your tutor. For mature students, the letter should be written and signed by someone with an industry connection. 

Please read our guidance for portfolio preparation and submission. Your portfolio must be sent to the Admissions Team: admissionsSEE-UG@salford.ac.uk

Standard entry requirements


English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

112 tariff points.

A Level

112 tariff points.

BTEC National Diploma


BTEC Higher National Diploma

Please contact Admissions for further information.

Foundation Degree

Please contact Admissions for further information.

Access to HE

112 tariff points.

Scottish Highers

112 tariff points from Higher Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate

112 tariff points from Higher Level.

European Baccalaureate

Please contact Admissions for further information.

International Baccalaureate

30 points.

Other Qualifications

Please contact Admissions for further information.

International students

We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements.

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we receive your application, we'll assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

Please contact Admissions for further information.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2024/25 £9,250.00per year
Full-time international 2024/25 £17,040.00per year
Full-time home 2025/26 £9,250.00per year
Full-time international 2025/26 £17,650.00per year

Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

International student scholarships

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.

Learn more about our latest international scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2024

September 2025

UCAS information

Course ID K100

Institution S03