Design Innovation - Research

The PhD in Design Innovation is the highest degree offered by the Department of Design Innovation. The structured PhD programme offers a framework which facilitates independent research, whilst providing milestones for measuring progress.

Students will be equipped with methodological and analytical tools for advanced research in Design Innovation through a number of taught modules across the Faculty. These will be supplemented by periodic one-on-one supervision meetings. Students will also have opportunities to actively engage in other aspects of academic writing and publishing during the course of their education.

We are cognisant of the variety of expertise and experience within the context of Design Innovation and therefore are open to discussing various formats of theses suitable to the PhD in Design Innovation award, for example, a PhD by publication may be more suitable for some than a traditional PhD thesis. In order to hear more about these options, please contact the Programme Director, Dr Linzi Ryan (

In addition to developing their own research topic with their supervisor(s), students will be required to take 30 credits worth of modules over the duration of their programme of doctoral research. 15 of these will be generic/transferable modules offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences, and 15 in subject/specialist modules which are being developed by the Department.

Annual progress reviews are part of the PhD programme and completion of requisite modules will be taken into account when assessing student progress. Students will not be permitted to submit their thesis (or equivalent) for examination without having accumulated the required number of credits.

Entry requirements

Applicants should ordinarily have a master's degree in a design-related discipline, however, those who do not but have relevant work experience in the sector are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must have a minimum 2.1 primary degree or international equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. Applicants in possession of a primary degree with a grade lower than 2.1 will be considered if they have relevant experience. Applicants are welcome from all disciplines, however a clear interest in Design is required, which aligns with staff research interests within the Department of Design Innovation.

Minimum English language requirements:

Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study. For information about English language tests accepted and required scores, please see here. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and International applicants..

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850


3-6 years (full-time) / 4-8 years (part-time)

Enrolment dates

September/January (or other agreed time based upon date application was submitted).

Post Course Info

The skills acquired during the programme of doctoral study will prepare students for a wide range of careers including academia, private industry, and public service.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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