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  5. Design processes and products

Design processes and products

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Research is undertaken in:

  • Design theory and methods, including studies of designers’ processes, cognition, behaviour and performance
  • Creativity in design and innovation
  • Ethics in design
  • Computational design; shape grammars; haptic interfaces; generative methods
  • Comparative design across domains
  • Design usability in products; usability in design tools; prototyping.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

We welcome applications for research projects; please contact the department to discuss the suitability of your research interests.

Potential supervisors

  • Professor Chris Earl
  • Dr Claudia Eckert
  • Dr Sungwoo Lim
  • Dr Peter Lloyd
  • Dr Nicole Schadewitz

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Dr Emma Dewberry
+44 (0)1908 332940

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under ‘Your questions’ on the right of the page.