The department actively encourages research into new approaches to design, and new contexts and roles for design, which relate to the social, cultural and ethical implications of current and emerging technologies. We are particularly interested in proposals that:

• Investigate theoretical frameworks and new methodologies for speculative and critical design practices.

• Explore interactions between design, literary and cinematic fiction, science and technology.

Explore social, political, or ethical implications for emerging technologies and scientific research in areas such as, but not limited to, genetics, synthetic biology, neuroscience, robotics and AI.

Investigate design-led futures and related topics such as future visions, dystopias, utopias, science fiction, etc.

We offer MPhil and PhD by project and thesis. Projects may emphasise either a design- or thesis-driven output. We generally favour the former, but research in design theory is also possible.

Please familiarise yourself with the ethos and work of the department, then, if your research topic fits, please submit a research proposal for the 18 January deadline that addresses:

Why the proposed research should be carried out in the Design Interactions department making references to specific staff and student projects if appropriate.

What its contribution to the field of design will be, and who will find it of value.

How it relates to, and builds upon prior work in the proposed field of study.

Possible design methodologies.

Candidate’s applications should include a portfolio of projects demonstrating a strong grasp of experimental, conceptual, speculative or critical design approaches to science and technology related issues.

On receiving your proposal in January, if the project fits within the department’s research interests you will be encouraged to develop it further and submit a formal application.  Interviews will be in March or April. If successful, you will be offered a place in May or June to begin study in October.

Please go here for details about how to apply. To look at current research work, visit our research website.