University of the Arts London (UAL)

24 months
16450 GBP/year
6455 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MA Biodesign at the University of the Arts London (UAL) explores the intersection of design and biological sciences as a catalyst for sustainable innovation.

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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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

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

    16450 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16450 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6455 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6455 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.


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