What Will You Study

Applications are accepted for PhD studies in Design as part of the ImaginationLancaster PhD programme.

ImaginationLancaster is a design-led research centre - part of the Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts (LICA) at Lancaster University - that works on contemporary design issues in relation to people, products, and places and their interactions.

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-leading (4*) or internationally leading (3*).

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.

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.

If you are interested in applying, feel free to explore our staff profiles to learn more about our research interests and on-going projects. Also, please do get in touch with us if you would like to discuss your ideas before submitting a formal application.