[PhD Opportunity] Creative Explorations in Argentium


Design Disciplines, School of Arts, Middlesex University welcome
applications from suitable candidates to study for PhD.

  1. PhD STUDENTSHIP (fees and maintenance)

Creative Explorations in Argentiumâ„¢ Sterling Silver

We are offering a research studentship for the creative exploration
of Argentium Sterling Silver

Argentium is a long term project which seeks to continue the
development of a new alloy of silver invented at Middlesex University
and patented internationally. Unlike Standard Sterling Silver,
Argentium Silver is firescale-free, has good hardening properties,
and is highly tarnish resistant. Its unique properties also allow new
developments in silverware design and manufacture, through the use of
new technologies such as laser welding and laser bending for the
manipulation of form.

The purpose of this project is to investigate potential new methods
for exploiting the material. These will centre on jewellery and
silverware generally, but may extend to other areas. An example of
exploratory work is shown at

The study may interest graduates from a background in silversmithing,
jewellery, crafts, applied arts, or metalsmithing who have an
interest in acquiring deep skills in research methodology, and
working with a ground breaking material development, as well as
developing a portfolio of creative work.


The Design disciplines have a number of significant practitioner
researchers in several subject specialisms including jewellery,
fashion, 2D and 3D design, and applied arts. Resources include
extensive materials workshops including silversmithing, and a range
of new CAD/CAM equipment. There is encouragement to work
interdisciplinarily with others from within the School, the
University, and with external collaborators.

There is no limit on topics for study, so long as we have expertise
to supervise the project. We have special interests in:

  • body-related applied arts
  • creativity in design, broadly interpreted
  • design pedagogy
  • design for the non-visual senses
  • inclusive design

We are interested in discussing possible research projects with
exceptional candidates who wish to study for PhD.

For further details or informal discussion about any of the places
outlined here, please email or telephone

Professor David Durling
+44 (0)20 8411 5108