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Lab for Living

Full-time Art and design

Expand your personal and professional horizons by exploring new opportunities at the intersection of design and health within your professional practice. Currently applications for the January start of this course are only open to home students.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £3,210 for the course
International/EU: £4,965 for the course
How long will I study? 4 Months
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? January 2023

Course summary

  • Develop an understanding of the diverse range of concepts, approaches, issues and debates related to design for health research, practice and its related fields.
  • Explore and articulate your professional aspirations within contemporary models of design for health practice, linked to your disciplinary field.
  • Develop the ability to use appropriate knowledge and methods at a professional level to engage in design for health projects. 

Placing emphasis on expanding professional aspiration and development, this course provides a stimulating and supportive environment within which you develop your interests and ideas at the intersection of design and health. Our academic staff are design specialists, researchers and practitioners with expertise across all facets of design and health, who will support and encourage you to engage in creative practice. The course is part of an interdisciplinary Postgraduate design programme which promotes an ethos of social and cultural innovation.

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We are members of Creative UK, which means our art and design students are also members until they graduate. With 10,000 members in its network, Creative UK represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries, advocating on the issues that matter the most to creative communities.

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How you learn

The course will be taught by staff from Lab4Living; a trans-disciplinary research group based at Sheffield Hallam that has conducted more than 100 projects including collaborations with more than 80 academic, hospital and community organisations in over fifteen countries. 

You learn through

  • immersive learning alongside peers in a studio environment
  • practice-based research
  • project work
  • individual and group tutorials
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • constructive critical debates
  • reflective practice

Visit the department's Instagram to see what innovations and creations our students have been working on as well as Lab4Living’s eclectic range of design for health research. For more content from our MA and MFA Design programmes, please visit our official Instagram.

Course leaders and tutors

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Carlos Peralta Mahecha
Senior Lecturer

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Applied learning

Live projects

You may have opportunities to undertake live, real-world projects as part of your course. 

Field trips

There are often opportunities to go on study trips and visits with free travel and accommodation for all mandatory field trips in the UK. These range from workshops, design exhibitions or visits to practitioners’ studios and conferences.

Networking opportunities

You will benefit from working alongside MA Design for Health students and being part of a vibrant interdisciplinary post-graduate environment - including extensive links to international networks in the broader design for health community. There are also opportunities to learn from and engage with colleagues working across Industry (e.g. Design Futures, from visiting specialists across a range of hospital and community health provision and from end users) and the broader academic art, design and media research community and at SHU.

Future careers

This course develops your creative potential for careers in

  • design
  • design management
  • making or manufacturing company-employed design
  • independent design practice
  • postgraduate study at PhD level
  • education
  • retail/marketing
  • design research
  • academia
  • social enterprise
  • health and social care service design

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you’ll have access to specialist resources and facilities – and will be able to independently develop and extend your skills with

  • 3D printing equipment for rapid prototyping
  • state-of-the-art hardware and software
  • laser cutting
  • well-equipped workshops for jewellery & metalwork, fashion, ceramics, wood, plastic and other materials
  • studio spaces
  • photography studios
  • a creative media centre
  • gallery and exhibition spaces
  • an award-winning learning centre featuring a specialist art, design and media library and extensive online resources

Entry requirements

All students

A 2:2 degree or equivalent in an appropriate design discipline or significant relevant experience.

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English, with an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Lab For Living Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £3,210 for the course.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £4,965 for the course.

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Up to £11,222 available for Home students on most masters courses.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

Apply for January 2023

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

Not ready to apply just yet?

Why not come to our next open day? Open days are the perfect place to talk to staff and students, visit our campuses and get all the information you need. Alternatively, feel free to ask us a question.

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