The Doctoral Centre for Arts and Humanities offers MPhil and PhD programmes for full and part time study. As well as the traditional examination by thesis, we support PhDs where creative practice, for example in fine art, design, media production or architectural practice, forms a significant aspect of the inquiry and part of the final submission for examination. It is also possible to undertake a PhD by prior publication.
We consider all applications that are clearly formulated, well-written and based in a candidate's suitable academic background.
Applicants are expected to have taken a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline. Applicants may be considered without this if they are able to demonstrate equivalent professional experience, previous research or alternative qualifications. All candidates should be able to demonstrate achievement and ability in the proposed area of study, good spoken and written English, and the capacity for creative and critical thought, experimentation, reflection and academic rigour.
You need not necessarily have training or experience in the conduct of research, as this will be provided both through individual supervision and through the research training we provide.
Students from overseas are welcome. The Doctoral College has a track record of successful PhD completion by students from all parts of the world including Latin America and the Far East. We welcome students from diverse backgrounds, and their contributions to our research culture.
Applications for research degrees are invited at any time during the academic year. We operate a rolling intake so students can make applications at any time throughout the year. Start dates will always be on the first working day of the month and will normally be determined as follows:
UK/EU students: Normally one month after an offer is made
International students: Normally three months after an offer is made
Early applications are welcomed and it is possible to apply and, if successful, defer entry for a year. This can facilitate application to funding bodies, whose schedules and deadlines may not match those of the university's application procedure. Students applying to funding bodies may be constrained by the body’s own deadlines.
The elements required in the full application include:
A formal interview will usually be organised including the Director of Postgraduate Studies and suitable academic staff, normally the projected supervisors.
The Director of Postgraduate Studies, in consultation with appropriate staff, will decide if you are to be offered a place by the University. Assessment will be based on the application form, proposal and references submitted, and interview performance.
The decision will usually be based on:
Applications are invited from candidates for research degrees in any subject area in which the College is able to offer supervision by suitably qualified staff. Where appropriate, supervisory teams can include members from other parts of the University, other institutions or freelance individuals. Normally, however, we would hope to find the full complement of supervisors from within the University.
The University participates in two AHRC partnerships - TECHNE and Design Star - which are able to offer funded studentships.The University also offers some highly competitive full-time studentships. Further details can be found on our Studentships page.