Research course

Collaborative design

Institution
Open University · Department of Design, Development, Environment and Materials
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Months of entry

October

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.

Potential supervisors
  • Dr Katerina Alexiou
  • Dr Emma Dewberry
  • Georgy Holden
  • Professor Jeff Johnson
  • Derek Jones
  • Dr Nicole Lotz
  • Dr Rachael Luck
  • Dr Theodore Zamenopoulos

Department specialisms

Creativity in design teams Participatory design practices in civil society organisations Community-led design Interdisciplinary design teams Co-design theory and methods Inclusive design research

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding

Qualification and course duration

PhD

distance learning
variable months
full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MPhil

part time
24 months
full time
15 months
distance learning
variable months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Emma Dewberry
Email
mct-ddem-enquiries@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 332940