London Doctoral Design Centre Funded PhD Studentships

Royal College of Art


The London Doctoral Design Centre (LDoc) is an AHRC-funded centre for doctoral training, a collaboration between the Royal College of ArtKingston University and University of the Arts London. The Centre offers both full-time and part-time AHRC-funded PhD studentships and enhanced doctoral training with a focus on practice-led Design research. 

The Centre partners build on their commitment to developing Design researchers at the highest level in this exciting initiative. As a member of the LDoc community you would benefit from:

  • AHRC funded studentships and individual research training
  • Outstanding PhD supervision by world class researchers from across the three London institutions
  • Innovative cross-disciplinary/thematic design workshops
  • Specialist training and facilities across the three institutions
  • International keynote design lectures
  • Student-led symposia, events and exhibitions
  • Industry partnerships and seminars
  • Opportunities for research placements/residencies 

Your application should be made through the institution to which you intend to make your PhD application. Candidates will be interested to pursue innovative research in all areas of Design offered by the three partner institutions: the Royal College of ArtKingston University and University of the Arts London. In accordance with AHRC rules, only UK residents (maintenance and fee waiver) and EU residents (fee waiver only) are eligible to apply.

You are advised to initiate contact with the institution where you wish to study; your PhD application must be made to the institution before you make an LDoc application.

Students currently enrolled at one of the partner institutions and who have already started their PhD are also eligible to apply for a studentship, provided at least 50% of their planned study period remains, counted from the date at which the award would commence. 

Please note that all AHRC awards are subject to the AHRC and RCUK Terms and Conditions which can be accessed on the AHRC website.

Value of Award

Eligible recipients of an LDoc studentship will receive a full fee waiver and a maintenance allowance paid in quarterly instalments lasting three years. Full details on the value of AHRC awards can be found here.

LDoc Collaborative Doctoral Awards

Three LDoc Collaborative Doctoral Awards (LDoc CDAs), in collaboration with the RCA & IBM, Kingston University & Crafts Council, and UAL & BOP Consulting, will also be starting in September 2018. Students who are interested in applying should read the downloadable Applicant Packs, and if interested use the LDoc CDA Application Form to apply to their institution (all documents are available to download from the institution websites, using the above links). 

Application Procedure

Application forms for 2018 entry can be downloaded via the institution through which you make your PhD application.

The deadline for the submission of your LDoc application form to your relevant institution will be 11.59pm Monday 5th February 2018. Candidates must make an application to one of the three partner institutions before submitting an LDoc application (Application deadlines vary by institution). You will be asked which institution you have applied to in your LDoc application form.

Closing date: 11.59pm Monday 5th February 2018

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