SURFACE Inclusive Design Research Centre


Accessibility and Inclusive Design is a distance-learning programme run by the SURFACE Inclusive Design Research Centre. Offering three levels of postgraduate award, it is aimed at professionals from a range of backgrounds – including planning, architecture, access auditing, health and social care – and is suitable for studying part-time while employed (anywhere in the world). Modules place an emphasis on ‘live’ problems, using real-world techniques and instruments; enabling students to undertake projects in their own area of expertise, as well as widen their understanding of the needs of others, be they clients, users, planners, designers or health professionals. Many students remain within their field of expertise to facilitate change and improve professional standards; others move into specialist disciplines, such as access consultancy.

Undergraduate Courses:

HNC Construction
BSc (Hons) Architectural Design and Technology
BSc (Hons) Architecture
BSc (Hons) Building Surveying
BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management
BSc (Hons) Property and Real Estate
BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

Postgraduate Taught Courses:
MSc BIM and Integrated Design
MSc/LLM Construction Law and Practice
MSc Construction Management
MSc Project Management in Construction
MSc Quantity Surveying
MSc Quantity Surveying (M&E)
MSc Real Estate and Property Management

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.