Funded Service Design PhD Studentships at Loughborough

 PhD Studentships – Service Design Mini Centre for Doctoral Training

Loughborough University

Loughborough University is delighted to offer funded PhD studentships in the area of Service Design: Innovations, Travel and Wellbeing, jointly supervised by School of the Arts and Loughborough Design School.

Service Design Mini Centre for Doctoral Training is a vibrant group that trains postgraduate researchers to achieve success in service design and innovation. Our overarching goals are research excellence, societal impact and enterprising viability. Applications are now invited from exceptionally well-qualified candidates who want to embark on a full-time research degree programme commencing in October 2014.

Applications for PhD studentships are now invited particularly for the following research topics:

  1. Digital innovation for improving travellers’ experience: This research study will investigate design opportunities that improve travellers’ experience through digital innovations. Methods in service design and interaction design will be used to research about user requirements and design a prototype.
    Lead Supervisor: Dr. Kathy Pui Ying Lo
  2. Digital technologies for sustainable travel: This research will take a service design approach to improve the experience (and ultimately uptake) of sustainable transport choices. It will be based around the development of digital technologies and will aim to have an exploitation path through engagement with appropriate external bodies (public, private or third sector).
    Lead Supervisor: Andrew Selby
  3. Information visualisation for health service co-design: Various types of information need to be presented during health service co-creation to inspire co-creation participants. They range from patient stories to clinical evidences and it is very challenging to visualise this information in accessible, useful and timely manner. Therefore, this project aims to develop guidance on information visualisation for health service co-creation.
    Lead Supervisor: Dr. Thomas Jun

Candidates must have a first or upper second class academic qualification in a relevant subject (design, HCI, computer science, ergonomics, social science or humanities). Relevant Master’s qualification or professional experience will be preferred.


For full details and an online application form, please see and

Each studentship is valued at £13,863 per annum for three years plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Non UK applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements, details are available at:

Internationally renowned for its research excellence, Loughborough University has a vibrant research student community of around 1200 students supported by a £6 million annual investment. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) every department was found to be undertaking research that is internationally recognised, with many regarded as ‘world leading’. Comfortably ranked in the top 20 of all major university league tables, the University was awarded The Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-2009 and was voted The Times Higher Education ‘Best Student Experience’ in England for six years running. As a research student, you will become involved in leading-edge research, and provided with research skills training and support.

Candidates should apply to School of the Arts and use the reference GSS14 in the funding section of the application form. Candidates should also specify the chosen research topic. All applications need to be accompanied by a research proposal based on one of the research topics mentioned above, and a single page summary of why the applicant feels that they are appropriate for the post (particular skill set, interests, or experience). The proposal and summary should be emailed to at the same time as submitting an online application.

Deadline for applications: 22 April 2014. For an October 2014 start.

Early application is strongly encouraged. Interviews will take place in June and July 2014.


For queries about Service Design Mini-CDT and research topics, please contact Dr. Kathy Pui Ying Lo (Academic Lead) by email: . For queries about application procedures and details, please contact Sally Bellman (Research Administrator) by email: