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The award
PhD

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Practice-Based Design at Heriot-Watt University

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:

  • Archive
  • Colour Science and Technology
  • Design Innovation
  • Drawing
  • Educational Innovation
  • Fashion
  • 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.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardPhDHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out
  • The awardMPhilHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study18 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Fees for this course can be found on the tuition fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate research scholarships.

Entry requirements

Contact the School to discuss. You should also refer to our PhD pages for advice on undertaking a research degree and developing your research proposal.

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