Design combines architecture, engineering and materials science in one degree, giving you the opportunity to design solutions to environmental and societal challenges. You will learn how small and large-scale designs such as physical objects, apps, artificial intelligence, electronics or architecture and planning systems can influence people, cultures, economies and the natural world. Based in the Department of Architecture, you will have access to a variety of facilities such as workshops, studios, reprographics, flexible co-working spaces and a new digital fabrication lab. Further information about the Design course can be found on the University website.
Design at Murray Edwards College
At Murray Edwards, we welcome around one or two undergraduate students in Design each year.
A Level: A*AA
IB: 42, 776
A* in A Level Mathematics
All applicants for Design are required to take written and practical assessments if shortlisted for interview. You will not need to register in advance for this assessment and the Colleges will provide details directly to you.
Check the College Admission Assessments page for more information and example papers.
All Architecture applicants are asked to submit a PDF (6 A4 pages, and less than 15MB in size) of their own artwork to the College prior to interview. The selection of images should, in part, reflect material you might bring to interview as part of your portfolio.
We ask all Design applicants to submit a PDF (6 A4 pages, and less than 15MB in size) of their own artwork prior to interview. The selection of images should, in part, reflect material you might bring to interview as part of your portfolio.
All applicants invited to interview are expected to show a portfolio of recent work at the interview but this isn't expected to be work of an architectural nature (eg plans, sections etc). Admissions Tutors want to see something that illustrates your interests, experience and ability in the visual and material arts. This may include drawings, paintings, sculpture and/or photography may also be included. It's usually sufficient for three-dimensional work to be exhibited in photographs.
A sketchbook with ongoing drawings is extremely helpful and applicants are encouraged to take one to the interview. It may be in any media (pencil, charcoal, crayon etc) and should include a variety of subject matter. The work can be material prepared for school-leaving examinations but creative work executed outside formal courses is also welcome.