Research course

Design Processes

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

Research is undertaken in:

  • Design theory and methods, including: studies of designers’ processes; design cognition; functional modelling of products
  • Creativity in design and innovation
  • Computational design; shape grammars; generative methods; computational making
  • Comparative design across domains
  • Design usability in products; usability in design tools; prototyping
  • Engineering design processes including: simulation; systems engineering for resilient products and processes; product development; testing.
Potential supervisors
  • Professor Chris Earl
  • Professor Claudia Eckert
  • Dr Iestyn Jowers
  • Dr Sungwoo Lim
  • Dr Nicole Lotz
  • Dr Rachael Luck

Department specialisms

Testing in the product development process in engineering design Resilient design in refurbishment of hospitals Generative design of mobile design and mechanisms Rules as tools: application of shape grammar methods to jewellery design Design dialogues about objects and representations

Fees and funding

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

Qualification and course duration

PhD

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

MPhil

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

Course contact details

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