About Institute for Design Innovation
Teaching in the design capital of the world
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.
The programmes are structured so that students can broaden their expertise through electing a module from other subject areas such as Business, Cultural Studies, Social Sciences or Engineering. During the final integrative study phase of the programme, students will undertake an independent major project facilitated by experienced supervisors.
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.
Loughborough University London is offering 25 studentships to fund research projects in design, enterprise, sport business, media and creative industries, and digital technologies.
The studentships will cover the full cost of tuition fees, as well as a competitive, tax-free stipend of £16,057 (inclusive of London weighting) for UK, EU and International students. The stipend will be paid in monthly instalments for the duration of your PhD.
Each Institute will allocate 3 studentships to UK/EU applicants, and 2 studentships to international applicants.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Our Scholarships and Bursaries have been created to celebrate academic excellence, support ambition and reward meaningful contributions to local communities.
- Dean's Award for Enterprise
The Dean's Award for Enterprise offers 90% off the full cost of tuition fees, for students who submit an inspiring business idea to the University.
Applicants are asked to produce a one-page submission of their business idea, and those that are shortlisted will be asked to complete a short video interview.
Winners of the award are under no obligation to start a new business, though winners who are serious about launching their own business will receive professional support and advice to turn their idea into a reality
- East London Community Scholarship
The East London Community Scholarship offers 50% off the full cost of tuition fees for students who obtained GCSE or A-level (or equivalent) qualifications from the East London Growth Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.
- Loughborough University Alumni Bursary
The Alumni Bursary offers graduates from Loughborough University 20% towards the full cost of their tuition fees, regardless of their programme or nationality.
- Academic Excellence Scholarship
The Academic Excellence Scholarship automatically awards high achieving UK, EU and international students 20% off the full cost of their tuition fees.
- 1909 Excellence Award
To commemorate 100 years of excellence, Loughborough University is proud to offer selected UK and EU students an additional £1,909 towards the full cost of tuition fees, on top of a 20% Excellence Scholarship or a 20% Alumni Bursary.
Students must be looking to study a programme from the Institute for Digital Technologies, the Institute for Design Innovation or the Institute for Sport Business and must meet one of the following additional criteria:
- A valued graduate, who has made a significant contribution to their University during their studies. Contributions may include a leadership role within a Student Union, a longer-term commitment as a student mentor or ambassador, an Academic representative, a leadership position within a University school or department, or an outstanding contribution towards University fundraising, volunteering or charity initiatives OR
- A graduate with at least 2 years of relevant, professional work experience in an industry with links to their chosen postgraduate programme OR
- A graduate considering the launch of a new business upon completion of their postgraduate programme
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 Centers 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.