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.

Department specialisms

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • 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