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Course summary

The Professional Doctorate in Design (DDes) is aimed at candidates who currently work in a design discipline, and who wish to engage in research that relates to their professional role. It is also appropriate for candidates who wish to enhance their experience and employability through research training in Design, including those who wish to pursue an academic career. Fields of study may include, but are not limited to:

  • Graphic Design and Typography
  • Digital Design
  • Interaction Design
  • 3D printing/additive manufacture
  • Architecture
  • Product Design
  • Interior Design
  • Fashion

Assessment method


Entry requirements

Normally a postgraduate degree in a relevant subject, IELTS 6.5 minimum for non-native English speakers. To apply, we ask you to develop a project proposal of 1000 words which outlines your research. This should demonstrate knowledge of existing practice and literature related to your field of interest, an indication of research questions, some thought about research methods and how your own project will make an original contribution to the wider field of practice and research. You will need to identify the broad subject area of your research, and the professional context in which your questions or issues arise and describe who is interested in these questions and who may benefit from your research.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Fees for Postgraduate Study 2023/24:
Design at University of Hertfordshire - UCAS