Entry requirements

You should write a two page research proposal that summarises the background to your intended research, the objectives, proposed methods, and what you hope the outcomes of your research might be. Applicants should email their proposal and discuss their research topic with the Design School before submitting an application.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Loughborough Design School has a strong, internationally recognised research community.

We discover and develop new concepts and ideas in areas related to design, ergonomics and human factors. Annually we attract over £4million in funding from external investors and businesses. This funding helps us undertake a number of research projects which aim to have a real impact on the world around us.

We have a thriving PhD population of around 60 full-time and part-time UK, EU and international research students. You will be supervised by staff who are internationally recognised as experts in their field and will have access to the world class facilities you need to complete your studies. If you would rather undertake an MPhil, then we also offer these full-time or part-time.

Our academic staff are internationally renowned experts in their fields. These staff bring a diverse mix of specialisms and backgrounds to the School which our PhD students benefit from immensely.

Department specialisms

Research groups Design Ergonomics Research Group Design Practice Research Group Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre Human Factors in Complex Systems Research Group Sustainable Design Research Group User Centred Design Research Group Design for Digital Fabrication Research Group Behavioural Safety Research Group Transport Collision Research Group

Information for international students

Please see the English language requirements.

Fees and funding

Please see the funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Office
+44 (0)1509 222652