Master in Design for Work, Retail and Learning Environments Designing Spaces to Foster Innovation. Design Strategy + Technology + Sociology

Watch the MDE experience

The Master in Design for Work, Retail and Learning Environments is an innovative, post-professional program that addresses the shifts that are occurring within the realm of business and educational spaces.




13 months




Madrid - London - Online


Blended (Face-to-face periods in Madrid and London, plus Interactive online classes)

There are new complexities in the way we work, shop and learn; the technology we use, increased competitiveness, new forms of communication and collaboration, globalization, sociological shifts and sustainability are some of the issues to be examined. The Master in Design for Work, Retail and Learning Environments has been designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle new challenges emerging within the definition of these typologies of spaces which are shaping the future of society.

A word of welcome

Dear Prospective Student,

The Master in Design for Work, Retail and Learning Environments is a forward thinking post-professional program that not only examines the profound changes occurring in environments for work, retail and learning, but also explores the tools and knowledge needed to innovatively design these spaces for the future.

Work space goes a step beyond the office, where structure and behavioral patterns have changed dramatically in the last decades, adapting to the everchanging conditions of technology and organizational culture. New and innovative tech-based start-ups and established companies are handling new complexities including how we work, where we work, the technology we use, increased competiveness, new forms of communication, globalization, stakeholders’ expectations, sustainability and more. The IE program will provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to establish positive relationships between the design of the work space, business and the individual.

Retail Space is also going through a complete revolution due to technology and globalization that are transforming it into a networked and broader reality. Brands are being reinvented in order to adapt to the new multi-channel customer approach. The act of shopping has been converted into a fully emotional experience. Retail space goes beyond mere ‘shopping’ to include new public, meeting and leisure spaces. Consumer behavior is part of more complex human and social activities and this in turn affects the design of retail environments.

Read more

10 reasons to join the MDE

Integrating design strategies, technology, user needs and corporate objectives

Our Voices

IE Leaders in Blended Education

Renowned for its marked focus on the entrepreneurial spirit and its humanistic approach, IE’s world-class faculty is comprised of entrepreneurs, executives, academic experts and authors. Many of these professionals have had executive positions in start-up companies or multinationals or have been published in top journals. As professors, they bring intellectual diversity and practical insights into the classroom to create challenging and enriching programs.