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  Institute for Design Innovation Research


 Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

About the Programme

PhD: 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
MPhil: 2 years full-time; 4 years part-time

Entry Requirements: An honours degree [2:1 or above] or equivalent overseas qualification.

The research agenda of the Institute for Design Innovation builds on the idea that design contributes to and enables innovation in multiple ways and on various levels.

The Institute for Design Innovation welcomes explorative research proposals with novel methodologies and creative approaches to the grey areas of design research.

The Institute for Design Innovation has an interest in the issues of design that have received scant attention to date, but have the potential to deliver outstanding outcomes for design. These issues include Design Value, Design Delivery, Design Exploration, Design Meaning and Design Practice.

“Through pursuing one of our postgraduate research programmes, research students will have the opportunity to work with top researchers and industry leaders, and gain first-hand experience of real-life problem solving. The aim is to create a vibrant, enthusiastic, and forward-thinking community, where world-leading academics and talented students work closely together to research world leading inventions.”

Professor Ahmet Kondoz, Associate Dean for Research

Research at Loughborough University London

Loughborough University London continues Loughborough's success as one of the country's top research-led universities; bringing benefit to local and international communities through applied research and sociocultural, interdisciplinary thinking.

Students who choose to undertake a research programme with us will have the opportunity to work with top researchers and industry leaders, and gain first-hand experience of industry centred problem solving. You will be actively encouraged to engage with research communities across the globe and you will become part of a talented research community within the University.

Students who choose to study an MRes in Design Innovation will be able to build on their research skills with the choice to focus on areas such as Identity, Culture and Communication, and Design Thinking, which builds on the idea that design supports and encourages innovation in multiple ways.

Research Areas:

• Design Value

This area of research is focused on value creation perspectives in and through the application of design into multiple contexts involving users, organizations, ecosystems and society at large.

• Design Meaning

This research area examines design – driven innovation of meaning, with a focus on the role and impact of design and designers as cultural intermediaries, examining the creation of meaning, culture and materiality-related perspectives in multiple contexts and environments.

• Design Delivery

This research area links the study of the development of innovative policies to the research on delivery of relevant and coherent services that help to deliver innovation that matters. The area furthermore examines the role of design and designers in sustainable product service systems, social enterprise and services, and the circular economy.

• Design Practice

This area of research investigates teams and groups in creativity and design driven contexts, through exploring collaborative, interdisciplinary and multicultural practices and approaches.

• Design Exploration

This research area aims to give space to and explore the grey areas of design research that have received scant attention to date but represent potentially valuable avenues of investigation.

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.
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