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About the Programme

In a fast-changing world of Design, do your research with experts at the top of their game at Brunel Design School, Brunel University London - one of the best in the world to research and study design (2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject).

Whether you are interested in developing cleaner electronics, design for 3D and 4D printing, design with social responsibility, using innovative design for creative industries or information architecture, our research community paves the way for innovative solutions. 

As a PhD student, you will have access to industry-standard design studios and workshops and be supported by state-of-art facilities for research. You will also be warmly invited to join our world-class research groups:

Creative Computing: View PhD opportunities

Carry out multidisciplinary research alongside our experts at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence (machine learning), serious and fun gaming, and cognitive modelling to simulate a physical world either as a virtual, augmented, or mixed reality environment. 

Inclusive Design: View PhD opportunities

Work with our supervisors and deep dive into research on how stakeholders (e.g., designers, users, clients), disciplines (e.g., design, engineering, psychology, architecture) and emerging technologies (e.g., AR, VR, IoT, artificial intelligence) help contribute to human-centred design and inclusive processes and outcomes, to benefit the widest possible audience and contribute to sustainable development. 

Additive Manufacturing and 4D Printing: View PhD opportunities

Get creative with Additive Manufacturing and 4D Printing and explore new horizons for exciting sustainable products and breakthrough applications that support Industry 4.0. 

Design for Sustainability: View PhD opportunities

Make your mark in design by helping us generate new theories, strategies and methods on design solutions that foster sustainability. Work with us on different design scales, from materials and products to services, product-service systems, business models, bottom-up initiatives and socio-technical systems which address sustainability challenges. 

Brunel Digital Design Lab: View PhD opportunities

Explore human-centred inclusive design of immersive content and interfaces (VR, AR and MR), digital audio-visual production tools, design for health, assistive technology, social networking, the IoT, e-Government, m-Learning and digital arts.  

Get in touch

Please contact admissions@brunel.ac.uk or the Director of Postgraduate Research, Dr Eujin Pei for an informal discussion.

Where is Brunel?

Brunel University London is based in Uxbridge, London – 45minutes to Central London on the Metropolitan Line – which means you have great access to the heart of this beautiful city, and yet can enjoy the safety and convenience of a suburban campus housing over 15,000 students with all you need in one place. Take a look 


Funding Notes

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Research-degree-funding. The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.
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