12200 GBP/year
4407 GBP/year
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With internationally renowned researchers, state-of-the-art facilities, a passion for interdisciplinary working and a focus on real-world impact, the Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities has a lot to offer research students in the Design Research Degree at De Montfort University.

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Opportunities at  Design Research Degree at De Montfort University

  • Design and New Product Development is a multidisciplinary research group focused on design for a wide range of sustainable products. Our pioneering research is practice led and often carried out collaboratively with commercial and public agencies.
  • We embrace sustainable technology, digital manufacturing, history and theory of design, and spatial design, with a focus on product, furniture and interior design, fashion and footwear, design crafts, and social dimensions of design. Key areas include design for industry, innovations in packaging, historical/cultural issues in design, and retail, consumer and technology. 
  • Textile Engineering and Materials undertakes multidisciplinary research in four key areas: textile products and processing; enzymes and sustainable technologies; agriculture and natural fibres; and material performance and design. Our expertise ranges widely, from high-performance textiles, nanotechnology and smart wearables to environmentally friendly textiles, aerospace and military textiles, and protective clothing.


DMU is committed to supporting the development of its Early Career Researchers. More information of the training and development available can be found throughout this section and details of those courses particularly aimed at Early Career Research staff can be found here. The development of research students rests with the Doctoral College.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Training Needs Analysis
  • Formal Review
  • Annual Review
  • Progress Reports
  • Thesis Submission
  • The Viva Voce Examination

Key information

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

In order to be admitted as a candidate for a research degree an applicant shall normally:

  • Possess a UK Honours degree with at least an upper second class honours, or an academic or professional qualification which the University deems to be equivalent (eg. an overseas qualification); and
  • Demonstrate competence in the use of the English language to the satisfaction of the University.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12200 GBP per year and a duration of  .
  • EU/EEA

    4407 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4407 GBP per year and a duration of  .

Part time fees:

  • EU/EEA - £2,204 per year.
  • NON-EU/EEA -  £6,100 per year.


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Design Research Degree
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