• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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.

Overview

Design Research opportunities at De Montfort University within the Design Research Degree

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.

Our research is rooted in real-world industrial applications and we often work collaboratively with retailers and manufacturers to develop and test innovative new products, as well as providing expert knowledge needed to access global markets. Our state-of-the-art textile research facilities can carry out all conventional testing of textiles and yarns including antimicrobial function, flame retardant efficacy, comfort, effect of laundering, strength and weathering.

Careers

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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

    12700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12700 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4330 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4330 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Part time fees:

  • EU/EEA - £2165   per year.
  • NON-EU/EEA -  £6100 per year.

Living costs for Leicester

  • 751 - 1430 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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