School of Design

Doctor of Philosophy

Sept 2018 Entry

Introduction


Within the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the School of Design offers positions for candidates who wish to obtain doctoral degrees in design. Operating within a leading design school in Asia, the PhD program aims to advance knowledge by producing high-quality research. Situated in Hong Kong, the School brings together Asian and Western knowledge to inform scholarly, technical and critical enquiry. As a centre for both design research and design education, the School of Design welcomes diverse approaches within each of these themes, with various methodologies, practices and theoretical positions, through hypothetico-deductive, interpretive, constructive and artistic research. The PhD program draws together global scholars to generate, exchange and discuss knowledge and ideas on contemporary questions within the pursuit of advanced academic work.

 

Please visit our website for more information about our research areas and programmes.

Research Areas


Design Economies

Design Economies fosters research on design and engagement with industry by emphasising applied research activities within business communities.

Advertising design

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Design management in China, design strategy

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Innovation Management, marketing, consumer behavior

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Luxury, strategic management, design foresight

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Urban environments, architecture, urban practices.

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Design Making

Design Making focuses on the conceptualisation and practices of making within design, and understanding the ever-evolving meaning of ‘making’ embedded within the capacities of individuals, communities and societies.

Design education

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Digital games, gender and identity, qualitative research

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Digital technology, entertainment, creativity and consciousness

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Ergonomics, product design, human-computer interaction

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Interaction design, cognitive linguistics, ludology (game studies)

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Interaction design, interactive storytelling, human-computer interaction

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Interactive technology, systems engineering, human-computer interaction

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Product design, Asian lifestyle design, sustainable design

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Urban environments, architecture, art

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Urban environments, architecture, social design

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Universal design, public facilities, design education

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Design Social

Design Social facilitates research through communities of practice to problematise social capacity as a catalyst to generate communities and seek greater impacts within all forms of design scales and applications.

Digital games, gender and identity, qualitative research

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Product design, Asian lifestyle design, sustainable design

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Social design, design methodology, product design

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Urban environments, architecture, art

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Urban environments, architecture, social design

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Urban environments, architecture, theory

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Urban environments, architecture, urban practices

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Universal design, public facilities, design education

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Visual and cultural studies, art history and theories

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Research Facilities


The following design laboratories summarise the various incentives and research facilities within the School of Design.

 

  1. The Asian Lifestyle Design Lab provides research services and generates critical knowledge for designers and industries to create innovative, sustainable products and services for the Asian lifestyle. It engages in fundamental and historical research, develops appropriate methodologies for fieldwork and analysis and seeks collaborations with industrial and academic partners.
     
  2. The Asian Ergonomics Design Lab focuses on Asian ergonomics and anthropometrics through a series of research projects dedicated to the Asian market.
     
  3. The Interaction Design Lab is an applied research and consultancy facility established in 2004 and endowed with the mission to promote the viability of interactive design in the field of design and in Hong Kong industries at large.
     
  4. The Information Design Lab is a research and consultancy unit dedicated to investigating what makes the design of information accessible and understandable. The work of the lab primarily focuses on the processes that underlie how humans recognise, make sense of, process, remember and learn various types information in everyday life.
     
  5. The Public Design Lab builds on the assumption that public spaces should be accessible to all, including those who are disabled or disadvantaged. It promotes inclusive design to policy-makers, consults public organisations and the government and promotes interdisciplinarity in public design.
     
  6. The Urban Environments Lab studies and advocates design in city planning. The lab develops ways of observing, understanding and analysing trends that both shape and impact cities.
     
  7. The Digital Entertainment Lab aims to bring people together to create new experiences in digital entertainment using artificial intelligence and consumer robotics.
     
  8. The Creativity and Design Education Lab considers creativity from multiple angles. Apart from examining the role of design education, the lab aims at improving creativity in the workplace and helping the creative industries in Hong Kong to increase their potential for economic growth.

Other Information


For full-time UGC quota PhD admission, preference will be given to applicants who apply for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, for which the application period starts in early September each year.

 

All research postgraduate applicants are recommended to approach a potential supervisor who may give advice on writing the proposal.

Supporting Documents


Academic Referee's Report Form

Compulsory - Download (Two Academic Referee's Reports at the university level are required)

Curriculum Vitae

Compulsory

Personal Statement

Optional

Research Proposal Form

Compulsory - Download

Transcript / Certificate

Compulsory

  • Certificate of the award of Bachelor's/Master’s degree
  • Transcript of studies

Others

Optional - i.e. published papers, awards, etc.