Heriot-Watt University: Practice-Based Design

InstitutionHeriot-Watt University View institution profile
Department Textiles and Design
Web www.hw.ac.uk/postgrad
Study type Research


The School actively supports practice-based MPhil and PhDs as a route whereby working designers can develop their own creative visions, techniques and methods through rigorous research.

We welcome applications that fit into the School’s research themes:

Colour Science and Technology
Design Innovation
Educational Innovation
Knit Design and Manufacture
Textile Design and Clothing Manufacture
Textile Science And Technology

The research degree by practice is a common mode of research in the area of art and design and has grown enormously over the past decade. This involves the exploration of a subject of enquiry through practical work accompanied by a related text. The relative weight of these elements varies for each project. The word 'related' may be interpreted in various ways, but a clear structural and Intellectual link must be established between the two aspects of the project.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

Master of Philosophy - MPhil

Heriot-Watt University



Heriot-Watt is one of the world’s leading universities with strong links to international business and industry driven by our established reputation as a top research-led institution.

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We offer over 180 Postgraduate courses that will provide you with the knowledge to solve real world challenges.  There are around 2,400 postgraduate students studying at our Edinburgh Campus. It is a friendly, welcoming place ...

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