• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
Do you want to become a design consultant and consumer researcher? Spatial Designs and Society (SDS) is concerned with design in relation to consumer objects, places and design processes. We draw on human geography, anthropology, sociology and design studies. 
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You will conduct ethnographic fieldwork and become an expert in analyzing uses of designed objects and designed places out in the real world. The ethnographic training involves various qualitative social science methods as well as the use of photography, film and new media. Additionally, you will develop visualization, mapping, design thinking and presentation skills. The programme collaborates with consultancies, strategic innovation agencies, architectural offices, design studios and municipalities, and you will learn how to conduct research and write reports according to commercial briefs. You will acquire unique analytical and communicative skills, understand consumer practices, detect and advise on emerging trends and needs, and learn to make your research relevant and usable for practitioners and design processes.

SDS will prepare you for jobs in a world where there is much focus on human-centered design, on making designs more sustainable and places more liveable.


SDS educates graduates able to act as consultants, researchers and managers and they find work within consultancies, research institutions, design agencies, municipal planning departments and cultural institutions, etc. Typical tasks include research and development, advising, project management, creative process facilitation, business development and communication. Given that the graduates will be fluent in English, they will be attractive to companies that work with international clients.



By the Danish Accreditation Institution

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Experiences and Designed Places

  • Ethnography and Spatial Analysis

  • Consumption and Use of Design in Everyday Life
  • Design as a Socio-Technical System
  • Design Processes and Entrepreneurship

  • Live Cases: Consultancy in Practice

  • Ethnography and Visualisation

  • Geographical Information Systems (optional)

  • Critical Urban Studies (optional)

  • Design Thinking (optional)

  • Field Course (optional)


Design Consultant

Design Researcher

Consumer Researcher

Process Consultant

Business Developer

User Experience Designer

Project Manager

Communications Officer


Jonas Larsen, Professor of Mobility and Urban Studies

David Pinder, Professor of Urban Studies and Mobility

Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt, Professor of Human Geography

Mikkel Bille, Associate Professor of Design and Technology

Siri Schwabe, Assistant Professor, Anthropologist

Jeremy Payne-Frank, PhD student Spatial Designs Graduate

External Lecturers from Design and Consultancy Businesses

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Deadline non-EU/EEA citizens 15 January but 1 March if holding a residence permit in Denmark. Read more here: https://ruc.dk/en/admission-masters-programmes 

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • 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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General Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree equivalent to a Danish bachelor's degree.
  • Specific admission requirements related to the relevant master’s programme.
You must have completed a bachelor’s degree relevant for the specific master’s programme. The Admissions Office will assess if the academic content of your educational background gives you the necessary qualifications required for admission to a specific master’s programme. This is based on an individual, academic assessment. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6150 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Roskilde

  • 5500 - 8500 DKK/month
    Living Costs

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