Design PhD Unit Set
Design research at ECU concentrates on creating and expanding design knowledge in cross- and trans-disciplinary fields, through philosophical investigation and practice-based/led research.
Specific postgraduate research topics are developed in conjunction with the postgraduate coordinator or potential supervisor, however applications are particularly encouraged from those with an interest in: Visual literacy and visualization; Service design; Graphic design; Game design; Interaction design; User experience design. Researchers in the school are currently involved in projects investigating service design approaches for accessibility, visual communications and impact in health education. The School also provides access to high-end design and printing facilities.
Special entry requirements
It is desirable that all applicants do not contact potential supervisors before applying. If suitable supervisors are available, applicants will be matched to them during course admission.
Availability & Campus
Candidates enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy Integrated (J42) may be required to attend classes on more than one campus to complete the research training component of the course.
Candidates are expected to meet regularly with their supervisors as part of the supervised independent research component of the course.
Design Researcher (academic and in practice), Design Consultant
Possible future job titles
UX Design Research, Design Thinking, Design Research, Service Design, Social Design, Human-Centred Design, Design Education, Gamification