• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #226 (QS) Loughborough, United Kingdom
Loughborough University has a strong, internationally recognised research community. Successful Design PhD students typically go on to specialist positions in industry, a career in academia, work for consultancy companies, or set up their own businesses. We welcome all PhD and MPhil applications which are linked to the research interests of staff in the School.
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We discover and develop new concepts and ideas in areas related to design, ergonomics and human factors. Annually we attract over £4million in funding from external investors and businesses. This funding helps us undertake a number of research projects which aim to have a real impact on the world around us.

Some  Design PhD projects are advertised by the School and Loughborough University. In other cases, applicants develop their own ideas and propose these as a potential PhD or MPhil topic. In either case you will be supervised by staff who are internationally recognised as experts in their field. Most applicants do a PhD; however if you would rather do an MPhil, then we also offer these full-time or part-time.

You will be based within a specialist research group, and will have access to the world class facilities you need to complete your studies. The research groups provide an opportunity for students to share ideas with other students and staff working in similar areas, and obtain help and feedback as their projects progress.


Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Loughborough University, Lecturer
  • Deloitte, Experience Design Consultant
  • AMEC, Graduate Human Factors Consultant
  • Team Consulting Ltd, Human Factors Engineer.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research areas
  • Design Ergonomics Research Group
  • Design Practice Research Group
  • Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre
  • Human Factors in Complex Systems Research Group
  • Sustainable Design Research Group
  • User Centred Design Research Group
  • Design for Digital Fabrication Research Group

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or an equivalent qualification in a relevant subject. A master's degree is usually preferred not essential.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22350 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Loughborough

  • 600 - 1000 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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