Design Innovation

The Institute for Design Innovation combines research, teaching and enterprise to deliver comprehensive programmes in design innovation and management, entrepreneurial design management and design research.

Why choose to study design innovation with us?

We have a choice of degrees for you to choose from

Want to undertake a research degree? We can help with that too

London is an amazing city and presents students with lots of great opportunities

Our postgraduate programmes within the Institute for Design Innovation allows students to engage in externally connected creative projects whilst studying in the ‘design capital of the world’. Each postgraduate programme provides experience of working in cross-cultural and interdisciplinary design-driven teams, whilst facilitating the development of skills that are increasingly required by industry.

The campus is part of an exciting development on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, known as Here East. Here East is actively bringing together an emerging breed of innovators and digital makers through education, business, technology and media to drive forward creativity and entrepreneurship across London.

By undertaking a PhD, MPhil or postgraduate research project with the Institute for Design Innovation, you will have the opportunity to bring direct benefits to local, national and global society, and gain experience of real-world problem solving.

You can take advantage of our reputation and links within industry

Design Innovation students have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities with the Institute’s extensive network of industry partners, social enterprises and voluntary organisations.

The Institute for Design Innovation also enjoys a collaborative relationship with Loughborough Design School, based at the University’s East Midlands campus. Students from Loughborough Design School and the Institute for Design Innovation regularly come together to take part in design projects, hackathons and company site visits.

We have a reputation for producing outstanding graduates

As a postgraduate student with the Institute for Design Innovation, you will have the opportunity to turn a passion for design into a desirable professional asset. As a university, we are recognised for producing outstanding graduates ready to excel as advocates of design innovation and creative thinking.

Graduates of our Design Innovation master's and PhD programmes are extremely desirable to employers, who search for innovators and creative designers in order to thrive in the current marketplace.

We have a clear research agenda

The research agenda of the Institute for Design Innovation builds on the idea that design contributes to and enables innovation in multiple ways and on various levels. The Institute for Design Innovation is currently engaged in four key research areas, with a focus on the use and application of design knowledge, skills and approaches into varied contexts.