Design

At Loughborough Design School we want to share our world-leading knowledge. Our expertise and teaching is built on the design principles of aesthetics, technology and understanding the user.

Why choose to study design with us?

We have a leading reputation

3rd in the UK for Art and Design (The Complete University Guide 2019)
4th in the UK for Design (Guardian University Guide 2019)

This is reflected in every single one of our degrees

...and research degrees

We have strong research links within industry

We have particularly close links with Adidas, Health and Safety Executive, Department of Health, National Health Service, Age UK, IBM, Nissan, Rolls Royce, Ministry of Defence, Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Transport for London, O2, and the Department for Transport.

We're passionate about design - and it shows in the quality of our teaching

Our expertise and teaching is built on the design principles of aesthetics, technology and understanding the user. Our postgraduate taught programmes and range of research opportunities are designed to help you develop your critical awareness, nurture innovative ideas and truly understand the role of design in the world around you. You can see some examples of the work undertaken by our students in our Design School gallery.

Photo of Zoe Browning, a student studying User Experience Design at Loughborough University.

Zoe Browning

User Experience Design MA

User Experience Design was an industry that I wanted to explore further. For me, I wanted to feel well-equipped with the specific skills to make an excellent UX designer before considering a job in the field.

We have a thriving research community

We have a thriving PhD community and our areas of research encompass a wide variety of areas. These range from our Design Ergonomics Research Group to our Transport Safety Research Group. Find out more about our design research.

Photo of James Gardner, a student studying a PhD in design at Loughborough University.

James Gardner

PhD Student

I feel that the atmosphere of the Design School is to continually contribute high levels of novel knowledge; this motivates my fellow research students and me to push boundaries in our respective areas.

You'll have access to a wide range of excellent facilities

Based in a £21 million state-of-the-art building, we have a wealth of facilities, including a fully equipped ergonomics laboratory. Our practical and theoretical teaching and research spaces ensure a professional and inspirational experience.

Our extensive range of first-class facilities are designed to help you throughout your studies and fully-equip you for your future endeavours. The postgraduate community Loughborough has over 4000 students, and you will be part of a friendly and inclusive environment with comprehensive support systems.

Our facilities include a variety of software, workshops and laboratories including research facilities such as eye-tracking, driving simulators, additive manufacturing machines and ergonomics testing facilities.