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Complexity and design

Research Study of  complexity and design with the Open University

Research is undertaken in:

  • Applications of complexity theory
  • Complexity in the design of products, processes and organisations
  • Simulation, modelling and design of very large sociotechnical systems
  • Design of autonomous machine systems, including cooperating and swarm robots; education and entertainment robotics
  • Machine vision and intelligent geometry; pattern recognition; computer vision
  • Hypernetwork theory and its applications in design of sociotechnical systems
  • Policy design.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent). Masters level qualification with evidence of research methods at postgraduate level.

Potential research projects

We welcome applications for research projects; please contact the department to discuss the suitability of your research interests.

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Dr Emma Dewberry
+44 (0)1908 332940

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.