Design

Our expertise and teaching in the field of design is built on principles of problem solving, aesthetics, technology and user understanding.

Why choose to study design with us?

Our academic reputation is truly outstanding

Top 25 in the world for Art and Design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020)
2nd in the UK for Art and Design (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
2nd in the UK for Design and Crafts (The Guardian University Guide 2020)
3rd in the UK for Art and Design (The Complete University Guide 2020)

Our range of postgraduate programmes aim to prepare students for an exciting career in the design industry

There are research-based degree options, too

The Design PhD welcomes students who wish to join and contribute to a variety of research areas spanning design, ergonomics and human factors, developing new concepts and ideas to solve real-world problems.

Main research groups within design include Design Ergonomics, Design Practice, Environmental Ergonomics, Human Factors in Complex Systems, Sustainable Design, User Centred Design, Design for Digital Fabrication, Behavioural Safety, and Transport Collision.

You can find out more about studying a research degree here.

Our students benefit from long-standing industry links

We're ranked 1st in the UK for creating the most employable design graduates (BIDA, 2017). There are opportunities to work on 'live projects' set by real industry employers, as well as experience guest lectures, enter competitions and more.

We have particularly close links with Adidas AG, British Council, Camelot, Deloitte Digital, Department for Transport, Ford, Hubbub, IBM, Innovate UK, Jaguar Land Rover, National Health Service, Nissan UK, Sainsbury's, and United Nations.

Our teaching and learning facilities for design are world-class

Based in a £21 million state-of-the-art building, our practical and theoretical teaching and research spaces ensure a professional and inspirational experience. Our extensive range of facilities provide a state-of-the-art learning environment to postgraduate students, enabling them to reach their fullest creative and academic potential.

Facilities include an extensive range of specialist software, workshops and laboratories including research facilities such as eye-tracking, driving simulators, additive manufacturing machines and ergonomics testing equipment.

The teaching quality on our courses is excellent

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.

Taught programmes are delivered by academics who are often leaders in their fields of expertise, so you can be assured that module content is consistently contemporary and at the cutting-edge of current research practices.

You can see some examples of the work undertaken by our postgraduate students in our gallery.

We have a thriving research community

Design at Loughborough has a strong, internationally-recognised research community. We have a thriving PhD population of around 60 full-time and part-time UK, EU and international research students.

Our research strengths are in the areas of safety, digital fabrication, human factors and experience design. All of our research is underpinned by responsible design.

Our world-leading research enables us to discover, explore and develop new ideas, concepts, methods, tools, services and products that contribute to a healthier, safer, more productive, sustainable and equitable world. All academic staff are involved in research and this ensures design students receive up-to-date teaching.