Research course


Goldsmiths, University of London · Design

Entry requirements

You should normally have (or expect to be awarded) a a good 2:1 or 1st class honours degree, and a taught Masters in a relevant subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

We welcome enquiries from those who would like to carry out research in any aspect of design or in technology in education - current studies include:

* eco-design and forecasting trends
* the design of multi-sensory retail environments
* curriculum development in design
* the role of awkward space in cities
* pupil assessment in design and technology education
* reflexive drawing and the connection between representation and creativity
* social theory in a world of designed objects
* harnessing memes to disseminate design ideas

Design Star Centre for Doctoral Training

Goldsmiths is a member of the Design Star Centre for Doctoral Training, which brings the Department of Design together with other leading design departments at the University of Brighton; Loughborough University; The Open University; and the University of Reading.

It aims to develop future intellectual leadership in design: research leaders of the future who are equipped to make a difference to contemporary social concerns, knowledge production and creative practices. This requires an approach to research training that places diversity and interdisciplinarity at its core.

Design Star brings together world-class research in:

  • design for industry
  • interaction design
  • design process
  • communication design
  • sustainable design
  • design history
  • curation
  • creative practice

Its spread of design disciplines is linked by a common approach to design that encourages the integration of history, theory and engagement.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months
part time
48-72 months


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)20 7078 5300