PhD level courses

In the UID PhD programme, a number of mandatory courses in design are included. The Faculty of Science and Technology also offer a portfolio of mandatory, generic, PhD level courses. More detailed information for enrolled PhD students about current and upcoming courses is given in the UID PhD student handbook. 

UID mandatory courses

Third-cycle studies in industrial design that are to be concluded with a doctoral degree consist of a course component of 70-100 credits which is divided up so that mandatory courses constitute a minimum of 40 credits, of which UID seminar participation constitutes 8 credits. Faculty level mandatory courses comprise a total of 10 credits. The remainder of the credits are comprised of elective courses.

The subject-specific courses are divided between four thematic areas (at least 5 credits within each area). The mandatory courses are given at UID on a regular basis of 1-2 courses per semester, so that enrolled PhD students can plan their participation in these over the course of their education:

  • Use and users: Deepened insights into user studies, user-centred design, participatory and user-driven design processes, including basic insights into methodology from the behavioural and social sciences.

  • Design history: The history of design and design research, including basic insights into the relevant research methodologies stemming from historical studies and the humanities.

  • Design research methodology: Practice-based design research, including deepened insights into the research methodologies of artistic and experimental design research.

  • Design theory: Deepened understanding of the theory and philosophy of design, including basic insights into methods and ways of working with theory development.

  •  Seminar participation:  The research seminar provides a forum for presentation and discussion of ongoing research, as well as and in relation to other work in design research and other relevant discourses. 


Faculty of Science and technology courses:

Each term, the Faculty of Science and technology gives several of the below mandatory courses. These are announced online.  For upcoming course dates, information and application, click here

Mandatory courses: 
- Oral Presentation (Muntlig presentation), 1ECTS.
Introduction to research ethics, (Etik och redlighet) 2ECTS. 
- Communicating Scientific Research (Kommunicera vetenskaplig forskning), 3 ECTS.
- Philosophy of Science (Vetenskapsteori), 2ECTS.  

Elective courses: 
- Writing science: How to write and publish scientific papers,
 (Vetenskapligt skrivande), 5ECTS. 
- Writing research proposals that get funded, 3ECTS.
-Innovation and utilization of ideas, knowledge and research results, 2ECTS


  • UID PhD student handbook

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

  • Ongoing PhD projects

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


  • Upcoming UID PhD courses

    Design Philosophy fall 2021
    Design Histories spring 2022
    Design Ethics fall 2022
    Use and users spring 2023
    Design Methodology fall 2023