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Design processes

Studying Design processes with The Open University

Research is undertaken in:

  • Design theory and methods, including: studies of designers’ processes; design cognition; functional modelling of products
  • Creativity in design and innovation
  • Computational design; shape grammars; generative methods; computational making
  • Comparative design across domains
  • Design usability in products; usability in design tools; prototyping
  • Engineering design processes including: simulation; systems engineering for resilient products and processes; product development; testing.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

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

Current/recent research projects

  • Testing in the product development process in engineering design
  • Resilient design in refurbishment of hospitals
  • Generative design of mobile design and mechanisms
  • Rules as tools: application of shape grammar methods to jewellery design
  • Design dialogues about objects and representations

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.