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School of Design

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

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

Northumbria's School of Design has an international reputation for innovation and creativity.

We are pleased to offer funded studentships including a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2018/19, this is £14,777 pa) and full tuition fees. We welcome proposals in the following areas:

Creative digital methods and the humanities: Creation of digital systems, interfaces and artefacts that promote novel engagements with and experiences of archival and cultural material (e.g., cultural archives, literary texts).

Resilient and responsible fashion systems: Fashion product lifecycles and sustainable modes of garment production through either practice-based research focused on new production techniques or complex systems; approaches to fashion design.

Design fiction and storytelling for future retail: Design fiction, and storytelling in commercial settings to speculate on future services and experiences; approaches to support retailers in exploring the future of the High Street with customers.

Design-facilitated innovation in non-design organisations
Exploring the values and benefits of high-intensity and rapid design-facilitated and design-led interventions for innovation in start-ups, SMEs, Community Interest Companies, Social Enterprises and Charities.

Using crowdsourcing to enhance product quality
Internet-enabled crowdsourcing for design ideation and problem solving in small and medium sized manufacturing enterprises, including the creation of new online tools and platforms to increase the efficacy of crowdsourcing in design.

Materiality and Immersive Technologies
Material qualities of virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) technologies, the material and physical qualities of immersive experiences; and how virtual objects can be enhanced by qualities like weight, texture, firmness, size; creation new devices and applications.

Design-led approaches to stubborn social problems
How design practices and processes play a role in how we understand and respond to societal challenges that are complex, dynamic and networked in their nature, such as crime prevention.

Design methods, theories and practices
Design methods, theory and practice across subject areas of industrial, three-dimensional, fashion, interior, graphic and interaction design, including practice-based research, research at the intersection of craft and digital technologies, and co-creative and participatory forms of design.

For further information see

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

Northumbria University is an equal opportunities provider and in welcoming applications for studentships from all sectors of the community we strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented groups.

Applicants submitting proposals aligned to subject areas advertised who have sought refuge in the UK may be eligible for a Sanctuary Studentship – see further eligibility details

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference RDF19/DESIGN will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: Friday 25 January 2019

Start Date: 1 October 2019

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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