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Postgraduate Research

Knowledge and expertise are essential to progress, and research is the lifeblood of progress. Our PhD in Design allows you to push the boundaries of design learning and practice, testing accepted wisdom and discovering new thinking and processes within your chosen field.

Within the School of Design, PhDs are run though our eight research themes. While you can propose a research topic yourself, we prefer applications for research that match our research expertise and interests. Our eight research themes are organised into three groupings that span much of design research, so we can supervise a wide range of Design PhD's. Click on the link to the right of this page for more information about our PhD in Design.

Research Themes

Design Issues


Experimental Media

Active Materials for Living


Design Value Innovation

Social Innovation

Design for Social Equity

Doctoral Research Projects



Meet our PhD Students