Entry requirements

The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree.

Months of entry

Anytime

Course content

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline.

Our Design research vision is to be a leading provider of design research that responds to major societal issues and is at the forefront of new and emerging technologies and design practice. Design at Brunel is an interdisciplinary activity and our research approach seeks to integrate human, environmental and technological elements – combining human centred design investigation with technological or systems factors, enabled by design thinking and processes.

Brunel Design has a well-established record of research excellence, with multidisciplinary, product related design research grounded on strong engineering design traditions. Research in Design is organised according to following three thematic priorities:

  • Human Centred Research (through Inclusive Design, Design for Aging Demographics, Perception Enhancement and (HCDI), the Human Centred Design Institute)
  • Design for Sustainability (through Sustainability and Social Responsibility, Cleaner Electronics, and Advanced Materials and Manufacture)
  • Design for Innovation and the Creative Industries’ (including Design Innovation Management, Open Design, Design Entrepreneurship, Creativity and the Digital Economy, Digital design - digital production, and Information Architecture)

Areas of expertise include:

  • Human Centred Design
  • Trust in autonomous vehicles
  • Inclusive Design and Design of Healthcare Systems
  • Perception Enhancement
  • Design and Sustainability – theory, methods and tools
  • Design for 3D printing and printed electronics
  • 4D printing / shape memory materials for additive manufacturing
  • Social impact of distributed manufacturing systems
  • Design Innovation Management
  • Digital design and Digital production
  • Open design and Co –design
  • Social Innovation
  • Pedagogy and curriculum

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MPhil degree option

An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic and is typically studied over a shorter period of 1 year for a full-time student and 2 years for a part-time student. MPhil students are required to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights informed by the forefront of their discipline, field of study or professional practice.

Information for international students

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

Fees and funding

UK students
£4327
International students
£18720

We offer a range of PhD studentships, partial scholarships, and academic prizes, to help with your research fees. Explore external funding, particularly the Research Councils, as well as other support.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MPhil

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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Email
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Phone
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