Department profile

Institute for Design Innovation

Loughborough University London
2019/20 edition

About Institute for Design Innovation

The Institute for Design Innovation allows students to engage in globally connected creative projects whilst studying in the ‘design capital of the world’. Our students gain experience of working in cross-cultural and globally distributed design-teams, gaining skills craved by organisations within the contemporary design industry.

Loughborough University London is committed to delivering high-quality teaching and research that aims to address real-life enterprise and social innovation needs. The Institute for Design Innovation is committed to helping students achieve great things, and encourages all students to build professional relationships with the organisations that interest them the most.


Loughborough University London is located on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, within a new innovation quarter known as Here East.

Overlooking the Lee Navigation Canal in the north west of the Olympic Park and surrounded by unrivalled green space, Here East was developed from the former Press and Broadcast Centres hosting the world’s media during the London 2012 Games. Now the site is a hub for the UK’s thriving creative and digital industries.

Loughborough University London is ideally located, with easy and affordable transport connections to and from central London, the UK and various European destinations.


Our Programmes


The Institute has five research areas:

  • Design Value
  • Design Meaning
  • Designing Delivery
  • Design Practice, and
  • Design Exploration

The Institute for Design Innovation at Loughborough University London has active research collaborative relationships with industry investigating real life problems.

The Institute for Design Innovation welcomes well-formulated research proposals in areas such as: Socio-Cultural Trends and Insights, Early Stage Innovation Research, Design Conceptualisation, Design Ethnography, Strategic Design, Design Thinking, Public Service Innovation, User Experience Design, Transformational Design, Circular Economy, Social Innovation, Design Thinking for Sustainability, and Sustainable Innovation.

Studentships may become available throughout the year, please keep checking our website for details.

Fees and funding

Studying for a postgraduate programme at Loughborough University London is a significant but incredibly rewarding investment in your career and your future. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services, and vary between courses. We have a range of scholarships and bursaries on offer; these are worth up to 100% towards fees!