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What will I learn?

The Research area covers:

Design Making

Design Making focuses on the conceptualization 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
  • Digital games, gender and identity, qualitative research
  • Digital technology, entertainment, creativity and consciousness
  • Ergonomics, product design, human-computer interaction
  • Interaction design, cognitive linguistics, ludology (game studies)
  • Interaction design, interactive storytelling, human-computer interaction
  • Interactive technology, systems engineering, human-computer interaction
  • Product design, Asian lifestyle design, sustainable design
  • Social robotics, artificial creativity, affective computing
  • Urban environments, architecture, art
  • Urban environments, architecture, social design
  • Universal design, public facilities, design education

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.

Which department am I in?

School of Design

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
HK$84,200.00 (8,51,796) per year
Annual tuition fee: HK $42,100 (UGC-funded students); HK $84,200 (Non-UGC-funded students)
Application deadline

Expected December 2022

More details

Start date

1 September 2022

Venue

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ST305, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For admission to a Doctoral degree programme, you must possess a Master's degree. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For international students

3-year full-time PhD programme

  • Normally hold an MPhil or equivalent (a research postgraduate degree with a dissertation as an award requirement) conferred by a recognised university.

4-year full-time PhD programme

Normally hold:

  • A Master’s degree; OR
  • A Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours (or equivalent qualification), conferred by a recognised university.

PolyU may accept other equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis.

English Language Requirements

The requirements for those who do not have a degree for which English was the language of instruction at a recognized university are:

An overall score of at least 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); OR

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 or above for the Internet-based test or 550 or above for the paper-based test.

All English language test scores are considered valid for two years after the date of the test.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

PolyU ranks 66th in the QS World University Rankings and 91st in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings internationally.

  • Recognised worldwide for its academic reputation
  • Enjoys impactful research practices in different fields
  • Boasts world-class facilities
  • Welcomes international students from over 30 countries

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