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Biodesign, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


This research-led two year MA Biodesign degree at University of the Arts London (UAL) integrates biomimicry and principles of biology into design practice, to grow a new breed of designers that can lead the way developing better sustainable futures. The biodesigners will work in the context of the emerging bio-circular economy to articulate alternative and innovative new design propositions that can redefine what and how we design and make in the future.

Great reasons to apply

  • MA Biodesign is a unique interdisciplinary design programme dedicated to pushing the boundaries of sustainable design via biomimicry and biological sciences
  • The course team includes a dedicated lecturer specialising in biology and biomimicry
  • Our research-driven curriculum benefits from the Central Saint Martins Design and Living Systems Lab international scientific and biodesign network
  • The course combines the creative, disruptive and experimental culture of Central Saint Martins with a rigorous scientific curriculum to create innovative sustainable design proposals.

Programme Structure

Course structure

The course will introduce designers from multidisciplinary backgrounds to biomimicry principles, biofabrication techniques, biological systems, and to synthetic biology protocols that can be applied to designing new sustainable materials, products, services or systems.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Entry requirements

  •   An honours degree in a relevant design subject area OR
  • An equivalent EU / international qualification

AND normally at least one year of professional experience.

You will need to submit a short statement about why you want to study MA Biodesign. This gives us a clear sense of your interests and your suitability for our course.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14305 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14305 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6265 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6265 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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