PhD programme in Industrial Design
Through the research education at UID, designers build advanced skills in crafting practical, theoretical and methodological research contributions to the field of design that will shape the discipline for decades to come.
PhD student Xaviera Sánchez de la Barquera Estrada talks about her lines of research and what it's like to study the PhD programme at Umeå Institute of Design.
The PhD Programme in Industrial Design aims to educate design researchers in terms of both width and depth. A broad understanding of design is offered through a set of mandatory courses in design research methodology, history, philosophy and user-centred design, as well as more general courses in philosophy of science, ethics and pedagogics. Depth is ensured in the education as two-thirds of the four-year programme is completely tailored to each individual student, catering for significant specialisation and expertise in specific areas of design.
The research education at UID is about understanding and extending the present and future foundations of design research and practice
The PhD programme comprises 240 ECTS-credits, and equals four years of full-time studies. Since many PhD students at UID dedicate 80% of their employment to their studies and 20% to teaching or other departemental work, the time is often extended to five years. PhD students do not pay any tuition fees, and are employed by Umeå University during their 4-year PhD education.
All PhD students have their work places at UID, in the Research Studio, together with UID staff engaged in research and subject development work. Each PhD student has a main supervisor at UID, as well as a secondary supervisor. Some PhD students also have external supervisors with specific professional or academic competence in their area of research.
Current PhD projects
Previous PhD Projects
Moving decolonially in design for sustainabilities: spaces, rhythms, rituals, celebrations, conflicts (2022) more»
Transitional Design Histories (2020) more»
The science of imagining solutions: Design becoming conscious of itself through design (2019) more»
The Aesthetics of Being Together (2018) more»
Faster. Stronger. Better? Designing for Enhanced Engagement of Extreme Sports (2017) more»
Transtructures: Prototyping transitional practices for the design of postindustrial infrastructures (2016) more»
Thinking beyond the Cure: Experience Design and Healthcare (2016) more»
Opening Up Design: Engaging the Layperson in the Design of Everyday Products
Simple Haptics: Sketching Perspectives for the Design of Haptic Interactions (2012) more»
Latest update: 2022-11-30