With extensive experience of PhD supervision, we support a range of specialised design-led research. Our research expertise includes: design management, design for sustainability, product and industrial design, digital and interaction design, speculative design, service design, design policy, branding, urban design and co-design.
In the UK government's recent Research Assessment Exercise, our research was ranked among the top 3 in the UK for Design Theory and Design Management, with 80% of our research rated as world (4*) or internationally (3*) leading.
We provide a supportive yet challenging research environment, where you will develop knowledge and skills in research methods, development, analysis and communication. Our PhD programme prepares students for careers in industry, academia, government, and research institutions. Collaboration with the industry, with communities, and with governments is encouraged. PhD candidates are supported in the dissemination of their research through publication and presentation at national and international conferences.
PhD Application Process
If you're interested in applying for a PhD at Lancaster University and Imagination, feel free to explore our staff profiles to learn more about our research interests and ongoing projects.
Please get in touch with us to discuss your ideas before submitting a formal application.
ImaginationLancaster is a creative research lab in the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts. Full details of our courses are available on the LICA website.