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Research degree funding opportunities

Kingston School of Art offers a number of funding opportunities for research degrees. Funding opportunities appear on this page and are regularly updated.

LDoc - London Doctoral Design Centre

LDoc - London Doctoral Design Centre

LDoc - London Doctoral Design Centre

PhD Studentships in Design Research funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

LDoc is the Centre for Doctoral training in Design Research Study, located in London, a world hub for design and the creative industries. Funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, LDoc is a collaboration between three internationally leading London-based higher education institutions: Kingston University (KU), the Royal College of Art (RCA) and University of the Arts London (UAL). The Centre provides cross institutional PhD studentships and training, working in collaboration with key industry partners.

The Centre offers AHRC-funded PhD studentships and enhanced doctoral training with a focus on practice-led design research, in subjects such as design innovation, critical design, communication design, curation, design and the environment, architecture, design and wellbeing, digital media, performance, interaction design, fashion futures, materials futures, service design, socially responsive and inclusive design, and sustainability.

The LDoc programme benefits from the contributions of creative industry partners, including: AEDAS, British Fashion Council, BT, London Borough of Camden Communities Division, Camira, Creativeworks London, the Design Council, Designing Out Crime Association (DOCA), Ford Motor Company, Ian Ritchie Architects Limited, International Flavours and Fragrances, Microsoft Research Cambridge, Sense, Sorrell Foundation, Textile Institute, Topshop, TFL, the United Nations/UNCTAD Responsible Ecosystems Sourcing Platform and the V&A Museum.

TECHNE - AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership

TECHNE - AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership

TECHNE - AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership

TECHNE comprises seven universities and is one of the 11 Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Training Partnerships. TECHNE's vision is to produce scholars who are highly motivated and prepared for academic, public or professional life. Its students will benefit from a diverse and rich range of training workshops and opportunities to engage with partners in the arts and cultural sector.

TECHNE will offer around 35 awards per annum for students who are applying to undertake PhD study. This includes those who are applying initially as an MPhil student with the intention to upgrade to PhD study.

Students may apply to TECHNE for a doctoral award by submitting a TECHNE application through Kingston University. It is not possible to submit an application directly to TECHNE: you must apply through one of the member universities.

TECHNE subject areas at Kingston School of Art

  • Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape - History, Theory, Reflective Practice
  • Archival Practices - History, Theory, Practice
  • Art History and Critical Theory
  • Contemporary Art Practice
  • Creative Arts
  • Curating
  • Design History and Material Culture
  • Film Practice
  • Film and Television Studies
  • Heritage, Museum and Galleries
  • Media and Culture
  • Photography Practice
  • Photography, History, Theory and Culture


Please contact us for more research funding information.

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