Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

We welcome enquiries from anyone who would like to carry out research in any aspect of design or in technology in education.

Current studies include:

' Empirical Speculation and Prototyping Futures in the Refugee Crisis

' The Housing Database Made Visible: Regenerative politics, participation and design

' Re'scripting Organisations: Inventing the designer'in'residence

' Curating Issues of Concern: Mediating critically engaged design

' Making Algorithms Public: Rendering visible the operations and politics of algorithmic systems

' Space for Boundary – Space as Place: An investigation into the design of architectural boundaries in residential mass housing, in the context of urban sustainability

' Re'doing Patient Experience Through Design'led Research: Considering the multiplicity and ontological politics of multiple sclerosis

' Designing the Future? How can speculation play a role in improving foresight for science and technology policymaking?

' Making Home: Agency, precarity and the internet of things

' Designing for Ambivalence: A designer’s exploration of the competing discourses offered by smartphones to mothers and their young children

' Controlled Prototyping Environments: Reconceptualising location through participatory and embodied design practice

' What's Happening? Explorations in the strategising and unfolding of free'form design events

**Practice'based MPhil and PhD**

Both the MPhil and the PhD can be linked to design practice.

A practice'based MPhil explores new approaches to, or applications of, existing knowledge by means of practice.

A practice'based PhD creates new knowledge by means of practice.

In either case, your final presentation will include both an original, creative practice component and a thesis that will contextualise this practice.

Since the practice component of your research constitutes a significant part of the final examination, the thesis requirement is reduced.

**Design Star Centre for Doctoral Training**

Goldsmiths is a member of the Design Star Centre for Doctoral Training, which brings the Department of Design together with other leading design departments at the University of Brighton; Loughborough University; The Open University; and the University of Reading.

It aims to develop future intellectual leadership in design: research leaders of the future who are equipped to make a difference to contemporary social concerns, knowledge production and creative practices. This requires an approach to research training that places diversity and interdisciplinarity at its core.

Design Star brings together world'class research in:

' design for industry

' interaction design

' design process

' communication design

' sustainable design

' design history

' curation

' creative practice.

Its spread of design disciplines is linked by a common approach to design that encourages the integration of history, theory and engagement.

Course Modules

Both the MPhil and the PhD can be linked to design practice; a practice'based MPhil explores new approaches to or applications of existing knowledge by means of practice; a practice'based PhD creates new knowledge by means of practice; in either case the final presentation will include both an original creative practice component and a thesis that will contextualise this practice.

Start Date:

09/2019

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £17,800 Overseas Fees
3 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £4,260 Home Fees
4 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £17,800 Overseas Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £4,260 Home Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD
3 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

Qualifications required:

  • You should normally have (or expect to be awarded) a good 2:1 or 1st class honours degree, and a taught Masters in a relevant subject area. You might also be considered if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level. If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements of IELTS 7.0 with 7.0 in writing to study with us.