LDoc Studentships

UAL is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) LDoc Centre for Doctoral Training.

LDoc (London Doctoral Design Centre) is a collaboration between University of the Arts London, Kingston University and the Royal College of Art.

Full-time and part-time studentships are available for PhDs which focus on practice-led design research. Around 6 new awards, covering tuition fees and maintenance (depending on eligibility), are made each year across the consortium.

Maintenance rates for 2017/18 for full-time students is £16,553.

New and deferred students

Applicants for LDoc awards must have been accepted on the research degree programme at UAL. 

Initial applications to LDoc from new and deferred students must be submitted to UAL by Monday 8 January 2018 (LDoc Applications submitted to UAL after this date will not be considered).

Continuing students

Home and EU students in their first year of full time study or their first 3 years of part time study may be eligible to apply for AHRC funding.

All LDoc applicants: Final deadline for submission of LDoc Applications must be made to the UAL Research Student Team at researchdegrees@arts.ac.uk before midnight on Monday 5 February 2018.

LDoc application process

LDoc Application Form 2018-19 123KB Word Doc.

LDoc Application Form Applicant Guidance Notes 2018-19 116KB Word Doc.

Academic Reference for a Research Degree at UAL 44.6KB Word Doc.

LDoc Equal Opportunities Form 2018 737KB Excel.

LDoc Collaborative Doctoral Award

UAL and BOP Consulting are collaborating to offer a Collaborative Doctoral Award, supported by LDoc, for entry in October 2018. Please download the LDoc CDA Applicant Pack UAL BOP (PDF 257KB) to find out more about this opportunity. 

Please be aware that an award of this studentship does not guarantee funding and is open to new applicants to UAL only, refer to the Applicant Pack for full details.

Current LDoc awardees

  • Roxanne Alves Leitao: Addressing the gaps in domestic abuse support services: a co-design approach (Central Saint Martins, 2016)
  • Berthe Fortin: Ritual Created Around the Crafting of Costume (London College of Fashion, 2014)
  • Julia Johnson: Beyond Participation:the use of participatory photographic methodologies in peer-led therapeutic environments by those accessing mental health services  (London College of Communication, 2016)
  • Paola Pierri: Design and social innovation: a critical analysis exploring the encounter between these two different organisational cultures. (London College of Communication, 2015)
  • Miriam Ribul: Material Activism: A practice-led enquiry into the role of design in the development of materials and its impact on their cyclability. (Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon 2015)
  • Lucy Russell: WHAT I SEE I OWN? Can fashion/media body images via the process of drawing be re-appropriated to positive effect as part of the creation of a social innovation design tool that can be accessed or shared with groups to question negative body image/s and to build well-being and “body confidence”? (Central Saint Martins 2014)
  • Giorgio Salani: Towards a taxonomy of artisanal ceramic tableware: a practice-led enquiry into qualities and values in contemporary British and Japanese pottery. (Central Saint Martins, 2015)
  • Julia Schaeper: From small change to big impact: How service design approaches help to transform healthcare (London College of Communication, 2014)
  • Rhian Solomon: Designer Facilitator: The body as a meeting place for advancing collaborations between design and reconstructive surgical fields to enhance methods in clinical practice. (London College of Fashion, 2016)