Communication & Media Studies (7) Creative Arts & Design (9) History & Archaeology (19)

  Department of Design (Advert Reference: RDF24/ADSS/DESIGN)

  Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences

This profile is no longer listed in the FindAPhD database and may not be available.

Click here to search the FindAPhD database for PhD studentship opportunities
 Friday, January 26, 2024
 Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

About the Programme

For queries relating to these funded studentships contact Dr David Parkinson ().

Our Design School conducts research emphasising critical practice and responsible innovation for impactful real-world change. REF2021 ranked us 4th for Research Power in Art and Design, with 76% of our outputs and 94% of our impact case studies classed as ‘internationally excellent’, and 100% our research environment recognised as world leading.

 PhD proposals leading to a written 80,000-word thesis or practice research portfolio with complementary writing (c. 40,000 words) are welcome. Explore the School of Design’s research site to see our range of topics, projects and impacts. We welcome proposals in:

 Designing for Wellbeing and Social Change

·         Co-design and other methods for health/healthcare/behaviour change/new tech in health and wellbeing.

·         Design practice for more-than-human animals.

·         Designing for family-integrated neonatal care (Charity and NHS collaborators in place).

·         Designing with children: outdoor play/future technologies/interaction design.

·         Smart cities.

·         Sustainability, active transport, and mobility justice in broad populations.

·         Technology and design to support EDI challenges in physical activity.

·         The future of work, technology, and social media.

·         Urban mobility and urban futures (including spatial design/automotive/mobile interiors).

 Design Practice, Process, Theories & Methods

·         Authorial-Practice.

·         Automotive design. 

·         Behavioural design/design for behaviour change.

·         Critical-Heritage.

·         Design and creative processes.

·         Design cognition.

·         Digital Humanities.

·         Human-Machine Interface (HMI).

·         Participatory Illustration.

·         Repurposing and rejuvenating obsolete digital technologies.

·         Sports HCI.

 Fashion Studies and Cultures

·         Apparel and textile smart manufacturing (including 3D weaving technology and focus on healthcare).

·         Creative labour in fashion: precarity/meaning of creative work/decolonialising and de-centring production and design.

·         Fashion and sustainability/embodiment/post-human.

·         Fashion costumes and identities: film/tv/youth tribes/dressing up/visual culture/gender and intersectional representation/promotional strategies.

·         Fashion in film, photography, and performance.

·         Fashion, archives & industrial heritage.

·         Fashioning the neighbourhood: gentrification, creative/creator spaces, and the rise of localism.

·         Participatory practices and popular culture including fandom, clothing, and cosplay.

·         Practice based approaches to fashion research.

·         Stardom and Celebrity Culture (including European and Anglophone cinema).

 These studentships are competitive, so we recommend that you contact Dr David Parkinson () significantly before the application deadline, so that we can connect you with a supervisor.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Academic excellence i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities with preference for 1st class honours); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement. 
  • Appropriate IELTS score, if required. 
  • Applicants cannot apply if they are already a PhD holder or if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere. 

To be classed as a Home student, candidates must: 

  • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or 
  • have settled status, or 
  • have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or 
  • have indefinite leave to remain or enter. 

If a candidate does not meet the criteria above, they would be classed as an International student.   

Applicants will need to be in the UK and fully enrolled before stipend payments can commence and be aware of these additional costs that may be incurred, as these are not covered by the studentship. Find out more at

·        If you need to apply for a Student Visa to enter the UK, please refer to It is your responsibility to ensure that you hold the correct funds required for your visa application, otherwise your visa may be refused.


In your application, please include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words and the advert reference (e.g. RDF24/ADSS/).

Application Deadline: 26 January 2024

Start date of course: 1 October 2024

Northumbria University is committed to creating an inclusive culture where we take pride in, and value, the diversity of our postgraduate research students. We encourage and welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds a bronze Athena Swan award in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality, we are a Disability Confident Leader, a member of the Race Equality Charter and are participating in the Stonewall Diversity Champion Programme. We also hold the HR Excellence in Research award for implementing the concordat supporting the career Development of Researchers and are members of the Euraxess initiative to deliver information and support to professional researchers. 

Funding Notes

Competition Funded Project (Students Worldwide) Home and International students (inc. EU) are welcome to apply. The studentship is available to Home and International (including EU) students and includes a full stipend at UKRI rates (for 2023/24 full-time study this is £18,622 per year) and full tuition fees. Studentships are also available for applicants who wish to study on a part-time basis over 5 years (0.6 FTE, stipend £11,173 per year and full tuition fees) in combination with work or personal responsibilities. Please also see further advice on additional costs that may apply to international applicants.

Where will I study?

Search Suggestions
Search suggestions

Based on your current searches we recommend the following search filters.