The research agenda of the Institute for Design Innovation builds on the idea that design enables innovation through positive change in the context of users, organisations, ecosystems and society.
The Institute for Design Innovation is currently engaged in research with a focus on the use and application of design knowledge, skills and approaches in various contexts.
The Institute for Design Innovation welcomes explorative research proposals with novel methodologies and creative approaches to the grey areas of design research and is currently engaged in research with a focus on the use and application of design knowledge, skills and approaches in various contexts.
The Institute's 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. 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.
Why you should choose us
Where you'll study
Loughborough University London is an inspiring postgraduate campus located on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Established exclusively for postgraduate study and research, Loughborough University London combines influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators to deliver one of the best postgraduate experiences the UK has to offer.
The campus offers a range of versatile workspaces to cater for independent study, group activities and collaborative project work.
Doctoral researchers have a 24-hour access to a dedicated study space on campus, complete with hot desks, meeting rooms and a fully equipped kitchen and dining area.
The Institute for Design Innovation has an interest in pursuing issues in design that are at the vanguard of design research, and which have the potential to deliver outstanding outcomes for design research and practice. The thematic areas include, but are not limited to:
This research area examines the role of design and designers in entrepreneurship, sustainable product service systems, social enterprises and services, and the circular economy through concepts such as innovation ecosystems.
This area investigates exploratory topics, imaginative contexts and novel methodologies of design and its relationship to the socio-political.
This research area examines design-driven innovation of experience and meaning in design and innovation in the context of culture, society, communication and media.
This area of research investigates creative and design-driven contexts by exploring collaborative, interdisciplinary and multicultural practices and approaches, drawing on theories of social practice, amongst others.
This area of research is focused on understanding the multiple ways of interpreting value and their relation to design, through the application of design into multiple contexts involving users, organisations, ecosystems and society.
Studying for a PhD is a significant but incredibly rewarding investment for your career and for your future.
By undertaking a PhD with the Institute for Design Innovation, you will have the opportunity to work with top researchers and industry leaders, and gain first-hand experience of real-life problem solving.
Your future career
As well as providing a route into academia, studying a PhD will give you the expertise and skills required to advance your career in a wide range of professions, vocations and businesses.
Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the dropdown below.
Entry requirements for United Kingdom
A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification).
IELTS overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each test.
English language requirements
Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.
Fees and funding
- Full-time degree per annum
- To be confirmed
- Full-time degree per annum
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.
How to apply
All PhD applications must be made online.
We strongly recommend contacting your preferred research supervisor(s) in advance of submitting an application to discuss your ideas. To see a full list of academic staff within the Institute for Design Innovation, please visit the Institute's staff page.
Please use our online application portal to submit your research proposal, and clearly outline the question you intend to address. You should also include an overview of your subject area and proposed research methods.
When applying for a PhD within the Institute, please select Design Innovation when asked for the programme name.