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School of Design

Design Research (MPhil) (PhD)


The School of Design has around 100 postgraduate researchers on our Master’s of Research (MRes), Master’s of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctoral (PhD) programmes. We cover a wide range of design fields including: Design Products, Service Design, Fashion Design and Textiles to Global Innovation Design, Innovation Design Engineering, Robotics, Smart Materials and Intelligent Mobility. These are centred around the School’s strategic research themes of: Future of Making, Manufacture & Materials; Systems & Design; Design for Safety; Design for Health; Intelligent Machines; Data Capture & Creation; and Design Science.

Our researchers are both theory and practice-based, and focus on a wide range of leading-edge design technologies including AI/ML, AR/VR/MR, 3D printing, nano-materials, micro aerial vehicles, soft robotics and the internet of things. We also have a focus on researching sustainability, social, cultural and educational themes. Many of our researchers collaborate with, or are supported by industrial partners. At the heart of our postgraduate research environment is the interdisciplinary cross-cultural collaboration, debate and exchanges that helps to uncover new knowledge and lead thinking for the future of design.

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Above image: Kensho Miyoshi, Kinaesthetics, White puppeteer


A Sense of Humanity

Curated by Paola Antonelli
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