Build advanced skills in crafting practical,
theoretical and methodological research

PhD Programme
in Industrial Design

Our PhD Programme in Industrial Design is aimed at educating the design researcher in terms of both depth and width. A certain width is ensured through a set of mandatory courses in design research methodology, history, philosophy and user-centred design, as well as through more general courses in philosophy of science, ethics and pedagogics. Two-thirds of the four-year programme is completely tailored to the individual student to ensure significant specialisation and expertise.

Our research education is about understanding and extending the present and future foundations of design research and practice. Through the research education at UID, designers build advanced skills in crafting practical, theoretical and methodological research contributions to the field of design that will shape the discipline for decades to come.

BW Brendon Clark                     BW Johan Redström

Brendon Clark                                          Johan Redström
Director of PhD studies                          Final examiner for PhD education


The PhD programme comprises 240 ECTS-credits, and equals 4 years of full time studies.  Since all PhD students at UID dedicate 80% of their employment to their studies and 20% to teaching or other departemental work, the time is extended to 5 years and comprises courses, research, dissertation work and teaching or other departmental work. PhD students do not pay any tuition fees, and are employed by Umeå University during their PhD education.

All PhD students have their work places at UID, in the Research Studio, together with UID staff engaged in research and artistic development work. Each PhD student has a main supervisor at UID or closely affiliated department at Umeå University, and an assisting supervisor. Some PhD students also have external supervisors with specific professional or academic competence in their area of research.

General syllabus for PhD education

All third cycle students admitted after June 2014 follow the below general syllabus for PhD/PhLic education in industrial design at Umeå Institute of Design:


Third cycle students enrolled before June 2014 follow the general syllabus for PhD education in industrial design that governed the education at the time of their admittance:

Allmän studieplan för utbildning på forskarnivå i Industridesign (only in Swedish)

Every doctoral student must have an individual study plan (ISP). It is a tool for planning and follow-up of each doctoral student´s education. The doctoral student and the supervisors formulate the ISP togehter, and must perform a follow-up at least once a year. All information in the ISP must conform to the rules in the Legal framework at Umeå University.

PhD studies information









  • Ongoing PhD projects

    The current projects carried out within our research education in industrial design are found here»

  • UID PhD student handbook

    Information, check-lists and other usefull things for for currently enrolled UID PhD students is found here»

  • Previous PhD Projects

    Maria Göransdotter
    Transitional Design Histories (2020) more»

    Søren Rosenbak
    The science of imagining solutions: Design becoming conscious of itself through design (2019) more»

    Christoffel Kuenen
    The Aesthetics of Being Together (2018)  more»

    Rouien Zarin
    Faster. Stronger. Better? Designing for Enhanced Engagement of Extreme Sports (2017) more»

    Lorenzo Davoli
    Transtructures: Prototyping transitional practices for the design of postindustrial infrastructures  (2016) more»

    Tara Mullaney
    Thinking beyond the Cure: Experience Design and Healthcare (2016) more»

    Guido Hermans
    Opening Up Design: Engaging the Layperson in the Design of Everyday Products
    (2015) more»

    Camille Moussette
    Simple Haptics: Sketching Perspectives for the Design of Haptic Interactions (2012)  more»


  • Previous PhLic Projects

    Morteza Abdipour
    Arrangement Design Studies (2021) more»

    Anna Ståhl
    Designing for emotional expression  (2006) more>>