Digital Design at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS

Course summary

Are you passionate about the web? Would you like to help businesses reach and implement creative online solutions? Solent University’s MSc Digital Design programme teaches students a wide range of industry relevant skills including user experience design, front-end web development and digital marketing. As a conversion course, this master’s degree is well suited to students from diverse academic backgrounds. The course will help you to develop sought-after digital skills and prepare you for a range of careers after graduation. Students are also able to tailor the course to their own personal career ambitions through a research project. Many use this piece of work to springboard the start of their career or a further research study. Students are supported to gain a range of transferable skills throughout the course. These include project management, critical thinking, organisation and presentation skills. The professional issues and practise module helps prepare students for the workplace by looking at the wider computing industry and the contexts in which digital skills can be used most effectively. Learning is aided by a range of industry standard equipment. Facilities include high-spec computer labs, device testing labs and a usability lab with eye tracking facilities.


  • Professional Issues and Practice (15)
Standards of practice, not as a set of static documents but as a dynamic set of potential achievements, as for example envisaged by TickITplus and CMMI.
  • Research Methods (15)
Introduction to core methodological approaches. It will then examine a range of specific research methods, which are essential to underpin good research, as well as exploring some of the tools which are used in the processing and analysis of datasets.
  • Computer Fundamentals (15)
Computer fundamentals and related concepts.
  • Web Technologies (15)
Grounding in web development.
  • Digital Design Fundamentals (15)
User-centred design research and user experience to create design concepts and interactive prototypes to offer clearly focused design solutions.
  • Digital Marketing (15)
Underpinning skills and knowledge necessary in planning digital marketing campaigns within an in-house corporate or client/agency framework.
  • Digital Design Management (15)
Explore the roles, contexts and methodologies needed to manage a successful digital project.
  • Usability and UX Design (15)
Develop an understanding of the human-digital interface and the part it plays in the design and construction of artefacts (software-based or other) which are usable, attractive, efficient and effective.
  • Dissertation (60)
The content of your dissertation should reflect your passions and interests within your field of study, and must be drawn from relevant theory, supported by the practical aspects of your degree. Projects may be practical or investigative in nature, but all projects must produce specific artefacts that demonstrate your intellectual and practical skills in the subject area.

How to apply

International applicants

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are: - IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with no component score below 5.5 - TOEFL IBT 92 with a minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 20 in reading, listening and speaking - Duolingo English Language Test - 115 overall with minimum of 100 in each component or equivalent. Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University. Pre-Sessional English programme The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course. Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University. Note to all international students requiring a visa: All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:2 from UK degree or equivalent, or extensive industrial experience in this area. Applicants should be able to show an interest in learning web design and development technologies. Qualifications equivalent to the above may also be considered – contact the University for further information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £15300 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £15300 Whole course
Channel Islands £9000 Whole course
England £9000 Whole course
Northern Ireland £9000 Whole course
Scotland £9000 Whole course
Wales £9000 Whole course
International £15300 Whole course

Additional fee information

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact [email protected].

Sponsorship information

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Digital Design at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS