Graduate School Full Bursary PhD Scholarship


A PhD research scholarship including stipend and tuition fee costs is offered within the Design and New Product Development Research Group in the School of Design. It is available to UK or EU students who are suitably qualified and have outstanding potential as a researcher.

In offering this scholarship the University aims to further develop its proven research strengths in responding to today’s grand challenges. It is an excellent opportunity for a candidate of exceptional promise to contribute to a stimulating, world-class research environment.

According to recent estimates 12.7 percent of the world’s population lives on less than $1.90 a day. This means that 896 million people have limited access to clean water, education and essential services. To combat this, Government and Non-Government Organisations distribute products to support social and economic development, these are designed to provide medical, water and sanitation needs. However, initiatives aimed at facilitating the design of these essential, sometimes lifesaving products, are limited with many current solutions being described as inadequate and fail to live up to the user’s requirements.

This project will explore methods and tools to facilitate enhanced product design and employ action research to create new and appropriate product solutions. In particular this study will focus on factors required to create long lasting and effective products.

For a more detailed description of the scholarship, the subject area at DMU and an application pack please visit Please direct academic queries to Dr Timothy Whitehead on +44 (0)116 207 8824 or For administrative queries contact Morgan Completed applications should be returned together with two supporting references and an academic transcript.

Applications are invited from UK or EU students with a Master’s degree or good first degree (First, 2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant subject.  Doctoral scholarships are available for up to three years full-time study starting October 2016 and provide a bursary of ca. £14,296 pa in addition to University tuition fees.

Please quote ref:  DMU Research Scholarships 2016: ADH FB2.

CLOSING DATE: Tuesday 29th March 2016. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held by Friday 29th April.