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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Park Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    FEB, OCT

  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

A design research degree offers you the opportunity and time to explore innovative research practice through original, critical works. You have the choice to work on your own design, or with staff on international and external projects in collaborative research in our ongoing practice-based projects.

We are dedicated to PaR (Practice as Research) and Design Thinking principles that move the work of the designer from the 20th Century artisan who responds to stimulus into the 21st Century design creative where your actions are at the centre of cultural change. The academic rigour required of you offers time and space to make research connections that allow you to explore new concepts and meanings in design. The need for design to offer experimentation within environmental, social and sustainable futures in the subject and your discipline are the key to doctoral study.

We understand that your research may change as you make new connections and as relevant modes of thought and action become important to you throughout the course of your research. We work with you as you find the appropriate practice for pursuing your research and related form for consolidating and disseminating your findings.

You will be encouraged to take your work outside the immediate context of the School and University. To travel to interview or meet with key figures from the sector you wish to find employment in or attend networking events relevant to your career aspirations.

It is hoped that during your studies you will dedicate time and effort to developing your network of contacts and aim to present your work in public and academic spaces as your work evolves.

Research Areas

Staff specialisms include:

Sustainable technology
The relationship between music and landscape
Alternative methods of representation
Augmented aurality and digital tools for sound representation
Biophilic design for improving health and wellbeing
Digital and traditional
The theory and practice of illustration in advertising and design
Representational drawing and painting techniques
The atelier system
Colour theory

This research contributes to the research priority area Being Human: Past, Present and Future and Creative Practice as Research.

Tuition fees

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£ 10,000per year

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University information

University of Gloucestershire

  • University League Table

    97th

  • Campus address

    University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH, England

Diverse and inclusive community, welcoming students from over 60 countries worldwide.
Exceptional one-to-one support, with Helpzones on every campus.
Wide array of scholarships and awards for international students.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    77th out of 86 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    123 55%

    57th

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    59 59%

    60th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.07 81%

    45th

    13

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