Postgraduate opportunities in the HCDI

Postgraduate opportunities in the Human-Centred Design Institute, Brunel University

The Human-Centred Design Institute at Brunel University currently has opportunities for sponsorship of students on its MSc in Human-Centred Design, as well as PhD programmes of study across a wide variety of human-centred design research.

The ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ bursary in Human-Centred Design is intended to support talented individuals who wish to further their training in the knowledge and methods of human-centred design.  The bursary provides £2000 of financial support towards the payment of the university student fees for the MSc Human-Centred Design.  The bursary is open to students with a first or upper second class degree classification on graduation, and who otherwise meet the eligibility criteria for the MSc programme.  The bursary is competitive, and selection will be based on your CV and qualifications, as well as a 1000-word response to the question, “What is human-centred design and how would I use such skills in my future career?”  Applications, including the CV and your essay, should be submitted electronically to no later than 26th June 2009.  You should also make a parallel application to join the MSc at the same time, via the website.

Brunel University is also currently offering 30 fully funded PhD studentships under its Isambard Research Scholarships scheme, and the HCDI would welcome applications from high-calibre students who wish to conduct postgraduate research in human-centred design.  In particular, academic staff in the HCDI are available to supervise doctoral students in the following research areas:


Dr Marco Ajovalasit

o       Multisensory driver perception (visual, sound, tactile perception in motor vehicles)

o       Psychophysics (Human subjective response to sound and vibration stimuli)

o       Occupational Ergonomics (workforces, human strength, visual strains and physical injury)

o       Product experience (measurement of attitudes, human behaviour and emotional experience in product design)


Dr Hua Dong

o       Healthcare design

o       Inclusive design

o       Design semantics

o       Designing for different senses


Prof Joseph Giacomin

o       Perception enhancement techniques

o       Thermal imaging as a design tool

o       Product and service interface design

o       Design for behavioural change


Dr Steve Love (SISCOM)

o       Social impact of mobile technology on people’s attitude and behaviour in public places

o       Effects of individual differences (e.g., personality, cognitive ability) on the design of interfaces for mobile technology devices and applications


Dr Mark Young

o       Cognitive ergonomics (mental workload, skill, human error, attention)

o       Transport ergonomics (rail, road, air, automation)

o       Public engagement with ergonomics

If you would like to discuss an application in any of these areas in further detail, please contact the academic member of staff directly.

Dr Mark Young
Senior Lecturer
Human-Centred Design Institute
School of Engineering and Design
Brunel University
Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
Tel: +44 (0)1895 266527
Fax: +44 (0)1895 269763


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About Human Centred Design Institute

Human Centred Design is an approach that integrates multidisciplinary expertise towards enhancing human well-being and empowering people. It leads to systems, machines, products, services and processes which are physically, perceptually, cognitively and emotionally intuitive to use. The Human Centred Design Institute (HCDI) brings together researchers and business professionals with expertise in areas such as branding, computer science, engineering, ergonomics, management, philosophy and psychology who wish to develop new knowledge and skills in the field of Human Centred Design. For more information about our efforts to promote Human Centred Design please visit:

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