Design thinking and creativity underpin our research expertise. Our projects involve research through design and the role of design within complex interdisciplinary organisations and systems. With extensive experience of PhD supervision, we support a range of specialised design-led research.
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 interdisciplinary studies, research methods, propositional and interventional approaches, analysis and synthesis of research findings, and the communication of research findings to academic and professional communities.
Our PhD 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.
Staff are from a range of design backgrounds including product, 3D and industrial design, digital and interaction design, sustainable design, service design, design management, typography and graphic design, urban design, and art and social technologies.
PhD Application Process
To apply for a PhD, you will need to apply to undertake doctoral studies within the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA). Please visit the LICA website for full details of the application process.
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.