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Design, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration

About

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.

We have a thriving PhD population of around 60 full-time and part-time UK, EU and international research students.

You will be supervised by staff who are internationally recognised as experts in their field and will have access to the world class facilities you need to complete your studies. If you would rather undertake an MPhil, then we also offer these full-time or part-time.

Our academic staff are internationally renowned experts in their fields. These staff bring a diverse mix of specialisms and backgrounds to the School which our PhD students benefit from immensely.

The Design programme is offered by the Loughborough University.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description
       Full-time  3 years (PhD), 2 years (MPhil)
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Duration description
       Part-time  6 years (PhD), 4 years (MPhil)
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Our research groups
  • Design Ergonomics
  • Design Practice
  • Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre
  • Human Factors in Complex Systems
  • Sustainable Design
  • User Centred Design

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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.

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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).

Our entry requirements are usually based on a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or the overseas equivalent) in a related subject area.

You should write a two page research proposal that summarises the background to your intended research, the objectives, proposed methods, and what you hope the outcomes of your research might be. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21100 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Loughborough

  • 600 - 1000 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Funding

A number of scholarships and bursaries are available (dependent on eligibility):

  • Department-specific bursaries
  • Scholarships
  • Professional and Career Development Loans
  • External charities and trusts
  • Studentships
  • Research Council funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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