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Digital Design (Immersive Mixed Reality) MSc


Brunel University London campus

Start date



Placement available

Mode of study

1 year full-time

2 years part-time

2 years full-time with placement

3 years part-time with placement



UK £13,750

International £25,000

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Our digital design degree programme offers a choice of three pathways: motion graphics, 3D animation, or immersive mixed reality. It's a modern, hands-on course that combines digital technology and creative design, and it's been designed to equip you with the advanced knowledge and practical skills necessary for a range of technology-oriented design roles in the creative digital industries.

You'll be able to choose one of the three available pathways of motion graphics, 3D animation or immersive mixed reality as your specialism, then select from a range of modules from the other pathways as your optional module(s). This gives your the flexibility to swap to one of our other specialist pathways during the course if you wish. 

You’ll develop a deep understanding of advanced digital design working practices within the context of immersive mixed reality, and you'll gain advanced knowledge and skills from our other specialisms via the optional modules you pick.

Our modern, industry-standard digital media facilities include an immersive virtual environment laboratory, a green screen and post-production studio, motion capture, sound, and photography studios, 4K digital cinema cameras, and a dedicated render farm. You'll have independent access to exclusive PC and Mac computing workshops and benefit from the latest industry-standard specialist software for graphic design and image/video editing, game development, 3D animation, digital compositing, and rich interactive content creation. Our immersive virtual environment laboratory includes an immersive 360° dome (planetarium) set up for Brunel by the National Space Centre in Leicester and is one of only a few in the UK!

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

You'll study four compulsory modules, including a dissertation module, and one optional module. This gives you an impressive portfolio of work including a convincing digital artefact centrepiece developed as part of the dissertation.

Please note:

  • the list of modules is published in advance of enrolment, therefore, it's only indicative and subject to change depending on post-enrolment demand. Whilst our aim is to keep changes to a minimum, existing modules may have to be withdrawn and new modules may be offered.
  • modules 'Human Factors in Design' and 'Design Creativity and Aesthetic Awareness' must be chosen together.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, 2 years full-time with placement or 3 years part-time with placement, starting in January. Or this course can be studied 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, 2 years full-time with placement or 3 years part-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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Careers and your future

A digital design degree from Brunel prepares you for a matching career in Motion Graphics, 3D Animation and Immersive Mixed Reality.

Brunel’s one London campus makes it an easy access point for the largely London-based creative industries hub within the UK and therefore to the variety of job opportunities available in and around the region.

Our past graduates have taken on digital design roles as UX designers, interaction designers, digital product designers, web designers, creative directors, visual / graphic designers, and brand managers within a range of agencies, studios, and companies around the world.

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UK entry requirements

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in design; computer engineering; IT or a related discipline.

Other related subjects with evidence of design experience (minimum 3 years) will be considered on an individual basis.

Please note that we do not require a Design portfolio as part of the application for this programme. In the unlikely event that we do need this we will contact you.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all sub scores)
  • BrunELT: 58% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 77 (min R18, L17, S20, W17) 

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2024/25 entry


£13,750 full-time

£6,875 part-time

£1,385 placement year


£25,000 full-time

£12,500 part-time

£1,385 placement year

More information on any additional course-related costs.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Scholarships and bursaries

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Teaching and Learning

Our digital media degrees are delivered by a multidisciplinary teaching team. This means you’ll be learning from staff with experience in the digital industry as well as staff from academia including researchers. They'll encourage individuality and support you to create innovative work.

Your studies will combine seminars, tutorials, media workshop and studio sessions, independent learning, and individual and group project work.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Your progress will be assessed via individual and group digital design assignments, demonstrations and presentations, structured debates, and your individual dissertation project.

Therefore, you won't be required to take any written exams.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.