Department profile

Institute for Design Innovation

Loughborough University London
2016/17 edition

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.


Our Programmes

MA Design and Culture
MA/MSc Design Innovation
MRes in Design Innovation *new for 2017
MSc Design Innovation Management
MSc Entrepreneurial Design Management


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.

Scholarships and Bursaries

  • Inspiring Success Scholarship
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research
  • Gold Excellence Scholarship

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.

  • Excellence Scholarship

The Excellence Scholarship automatically awards high achieving UK, EU and international students 20% off the full cost of their tuition fees.

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:

  1. 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
  2. A graduate with at least 2 years of relevant, professional work experience in an industry with links to their chosen postgraduate programme OR
  3. 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.