Research course

Design

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

Entry requirements

PhD: The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or master's degree, relevant to the proposed area of study, from a recognised higher education institution in the UK. You should also have experience of academic research in the previous four years, normally in the form of either a master's degree in research methods, an undergraduate degree with a research element in the final year, or work-related experience with evidence through research reports.

MPhil: Applicants should normally hold, or be expecting to obtain, a bachelors degree with at least first or upper-second class honours, or an equivalent qualification. However, entry requirements differ between academic areas, and sometimes a taught masters degree is also required.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The Design Group at The Open University established the study of design as a subject in its own right. This perspective encourages the study of patterns, processes and practices in diverse design domain settings. It opens up new vantage points to question how design is practised as a creative human activity, promotes innovation and the different ways that the designed and manufactured things around us impact on the world we inhabit.

The research that the Design Group undertakes shares a common concern in design for social change. It seeks to advance understanding of design and innovation’s role in society, to transform lives and challenges the ways that people participate in this change. Our research is clustered around four themes:

  • Design processes
  • Sustainable design and innovation
  • Collaborative design
  • Complexity and design.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MPhil

full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Emma Dewberry
Email
STEM-EI-Research@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 332940