LDoc Philosophy

LDoc is the Centre for Doctoral training in Design Research Study, located in London, a world hub for Design and the creative industries


Funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, LDoc is a collaboration between three internationally leading London based higher education institutions: the Royal College of Art (RCA), Kingston University (KU) and University of the Arts London (UAL) The Centre provides cross institutional PhD studentships and training, working in collaboration with key industry partners.


The Centre promotes and supports world-class Design Research Study and knowledge exchange. It offers a concentration of high-level skills and expertise in creative, critical and ethical thinking that prepares graduates to contribute to the creative and cultural industries and wider professional world.


LDoc embraces the breadth of Design Research Study in process, material, making, manufacture and theoretical practices, with particular expertise in:


Design Innovation : Critical Design : Communication Design : Curation : Design and the Environment: : Architecture : Design and Well Being : Digital Media : Performance : Interaction Design : Fashion Futures : Materials Futures : Service Design : Socially Responsive and Inclusive Design : Sustainability : Vehicle Design


LDoc offers a cross-institution specialist Design Research Training and Knowledge Exchange Programme, developed in response to the changing needs of an emerging generation of Design researchers both as pioneering and visionary individuals and as a growing cohort determining future research agendas.


LDoc generates access to the creative economy and wider cultural sectors through our partners comprising key institutions, organisations, business and industry. This offers unparalleled opportunities for research, knowledge exchange and public engagement.


  • AHRC funded Studentships and individual research training
  • Outstanding PhD supervision by world class researchers from
    across the three London institutions
  • Innovative Cross-Disciplinary/Thematic Design Workshops
  • Specialist Training and Facilities across the three institutions
  • International Keynote Design Lectures
  • Student-led Symposia, Events and Exhibitions
  • Industry partnerships and Seminars
  • Opportunities for Research Placements/Residencies
  • Annual Summer Schools
  • A dedicated LDOC Portal website featuring design opportunities,
    research training materials and resources


LDoc partners include: Aedas, British Fashion Council(BFC), British Telecom (BT), London Borough of Camden Communities Division, Camira, Creativeworks London, Design Council, Designing Out Crime Association (DOCA), Ford Motor Company, Ian Ritchie Architects Limited, International Flavours and Fragrances (IFF), Microsoft Research Cambridge, SENSE, Sorrell Foundation, Textile Institute, Topshop, Transport for London (TfL), the United Nations/UNCTAD Responsible Ecosystems Sourcing Platform, and the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A).


Contact us

The LDoc Coordinator can be contacted at ldoc@rca.ac.uk or on 020 7590 4438.