Higher Degree Research Training

What we do

QUT Design Lab is comprised of an internationally recognised team of research staff and students who employ bold, fresh, and rigorous design-led research to tackle major societal challenges guided by four value-led research programs: Emerging Technologies; Design Robotics and Digital Fabrication; Design for Health; Resilient Communities.

The Lab supports transdisciplinary collaborations, with a particular interest in transfering knowledge and technology into practical applications for industry and society.  Our approach to research removes disciplinary silos and brings together all higher degree research students in the School of Design under the QUT Design Lab. This enables the lab to recruit research students into strategic research programs and establish groups of research students working closely with academic staff.

We provide an ideal environment for a dynamic, vibrant and intellectually stimulating research culture to flourish with research staff, post-docs, and higher degree research students working together on related topics with strong mentorship and peer support. All Lab members are encouraged and supported to publish their research in high-quality publications.

We welcome applications that strongly align with our Research Programs.




Benefits that our research students can access, include:

  • Regular research events, public lectures, and master classes;
  • Reading, writing, ideation, and peer support workshops;
  • Discretionary funds to support travel and research expenses;
  • Residencies and placements with the Lab’s industry organisations and partner universities nationally and internationally, and;
  • Social events.


The QUT Design Lab offers three research degrees:

We are always looking for talented individuals who would like to join our team and conduct higher degree research. You are welcome to propose your own topic and discuss it with us, or consider aligning yourself with one of our research programs. Explore your options below:


Questions relating to Design Lab Higher Degree Research opportunities, or for support in finding the right supervisor please contact A/Prof Marianella Chamorro-Koc, our School of Design Higher Research Degree Training Coordinator (RTC).

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