Doctoral Centre: research degrees in arts and humanities

Lecture, Brighton School of Art, Desigh Archives, University of Brighton
Image: Lecture at the Brighton School of Art, mid-twentieth century; courtesy of University of Brighton Design Archives.

The College of Arts and Humanities at Brighton offers research degrees at MPhil and PhD level across a wide range of disciplines in the arts, design and the humanities. We are willing to read any proposal which is suitably delivered, and will be pleased to meet prospective candidates.

We also offer research training in the form of our MRes in Arts and Cultural Research degree. 

All research students are members of the Doctoral Centre and of the University's Doctoral College, which provides advice, organises events and helps students through their research degrees towards academic, personal and employment objectives.

If you wish to study for a research degree in the arts, design or the humanities you should first look at our areas of supervisory interest and research expertise. You can contact the Doctoral Centre with your initial proposal; please refer to the advice on writing a research study proposal. Email: 

Our specialist supervisory areas

The pages below give an indication of our areas of expertise and current doctoral supervision. One of the strengths of arts and humanities research at Brighton is its interdisciplinarity, so we welcome applications that span more than one discipline. Please contact us to discuss any project proposal that is not represented here.


Arts Practices and Performance

History of Design, Fashion and Art

History, Philosophy, Politics and Cultural Studies 


Linguistics and English Language 

Digital and Creative Media, Media Practices and Cultures, Film Studies and Popular Culture

Details of individual staff research interests can be found through the College of Arts and Humanities staff finder facility.