Research course

Collaborative Design

Open University · Department of Design, Development, Environment and Materials

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Collaboration in design takes different forms and our research includes the study of co-design, participatory design, inclusive design and interdisciplinary design practices. From these perspectives there are different design problems and ways of understanding design situations that can be opened up for research inspection. Collaborative design can be studied in different settings, making it a relevant area of research to a variety of disciplines including architecture, engineering design, graphic design, computer-aided design and in place-making at a community scale.

Collaborative design research may, for example, investigate changing ways of working of interdisciplinary design teams, how designers collaborate together on projects working over distance and innovative ways of collaborating on design work in education.

Within the Design Group at The Open University we have expertise in all these areas and have a body of funded research projects that apply and are developing novel collaborative design methods with the aim to advance our shared understanding of collaboration in design.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
      part time
      72 months
      • MPhil
        part time
        24 months
          full time
          15 months

          Course contact details

          Dr Emma Dewberry

          +44 (0)1908 332940