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Northumbria School of Design (Advert Reference: RDF20/DESIGN)

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

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Contact for queries relating to PhD proposals: Professor John Vines,

We are pleased to offer funded studentships including a full tax-free stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2019/20, this is £15,009 pa) and full tuition fees.

Northumbria School of Design has an international reputation for design-led research that is innovative, creative, and engaged with societal, cultural and political concerns. We have a community of over 40 PhD students in our lively and collaborative School, which we wish to continue growing.

We are open to PhD applications that address issues related to design methods, theory, and practice across our all of our areas of design expertise. This includes (in alphabetical order, with examples for illustrative purposes):

Co-creative and speculative design – e.g. novel methods and techniques for participatory and collaborative design in complex and sensitive design contexts; approaches to using speculation and fiction in product and service design.

Craft and advanced materials – e.g. application of new and advanced technologies and materials to designer and maker practices; exploring the social and cultural value of making and the intricacies of craft and maker knowledge.

Fashion design and textiles – e.g. consumer and manufacturer engagement in responsible fashion design; interactive and smart materials for everyday and high-performance fashion.

Graphic design and visual communication – e.g. the role of visual communication in civic and socially engaged design contexts; using emerging materials and making techniques to develop new approaches to graphic and visual communication design.

Innovation and social design – e.g. studying the role of design-led innovation and facilitation in businesses and social enterprise; socially-engaged design practice for vulnerable citizens or contested issues.

Interaction design and human-computer interaction – e.g. developing and applying creative approaches to communicating the intangible functions of data; technology design for cultural organisations, civic institutions, and non-profits.

Interiors and spatial experiences – e.g. exploring the creation of interior spaces to promote health and wellbeing of workers and the public; the use of interactive technologies to create novel adaptive interior spaces in the home.

Product and service design – e.g. using design research approaches to develop understandings of and innovations in healthcare service provision; the creation of innovative products and artefacts that make use of advanced methodologies for practice-based design research.

For further information on our themes and research communities, see: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/academic-departments/northumbria-school-of-design/research/

Eligibility and How to Apply:

Please note eligibility requirement:

• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [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 for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words, or that do not include the advert reference RDF20/DESIGN will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: Friday 24 January 2020

Start Date: 1 October 2020

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community.  

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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