We support innovative art research across a range of modes and practices that seek to contribute to wider cultural and artistic fields through original, critical work.
The Department of Art supports the development of art research in and through Fine Art, Curating, Art writing and across disciplines. We consider all elements of the MPhil/PhD to be sites of rigorous experimentation and encourage you to develop your research through processes of making, collaboration, investigation, study, inquiry, trial and error, analysis and speculation.
We understand that your research may change shape and subject matter as you make intertextual and interdisciplinary connections and as relevant modes of artistic, cultural, social, scientific and philosophical production become important to you throughout the course of your research. We work with you as you find the appropriate practice for pursuing your research and related form for consolidating and disseminating your findings.
It is important to note that the MPhil/PhD is not an extension of the MFA. The MFA is a professional degree geared specifically to the development of your art practice. Distinct from this, the MPhil/PhD in Art is a 3'4 year (full'time) or 6'8 year (part'time) research project, the pursuit of which may involve your already'established practice, or require the development new modes of practice specific to the research project.
The PhD is also distinct from ongoing studio practice or a residency in that it asks you to place your work in relation to that of other practitioners, be they artists and other cultural workers, philosophers, sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists, or others; be they in a contemporary and/or historical context. In this respect, the model of the PhD encourages you to follow your curiosity for – and make connections with and between – the thought and action of others.
Another major distinguishing quality of art research is the need to document process. For this, our researchers are encouraged to think expansively about how to do so. How might a process of documentation become a space for reflecting on decisions, however intuitive they are in the first instance? How might this process communicate something of the mode of enquiry that is pursued, as much as of the findings? How might this process, as much as the outcome of the research, reflect the complexity inherent in thinking, making, questioning and communicating art?
Within the overarching programme of MPhil/PhD in Art there are three different pathways for undertaking doctoral research, including:
Pathway 1: Thesis by Practice
The thesis comprises a substantial body of studio practice, curatorial practice and/or art writing practice, presented as an integrated whole. This is accompanied by a considered form of documentation, as appropriate to the project, and a written component of approximately 20,000'40,000 words for PhD (10,000'20,000 words for MPhil) offering a critical account of the research.
Pathway 2: Thesis by Practice and Written Dissertation
The thesis comprises a body of studio practice, curatorial practice and/or art writing practice AND a written dissertation of 40,000'80,000 words for PhD (20,000'40,000 for MPhil), presented together as an integrated whole. The thesis will be accompanied by a considered form of documentation, as appropriate to the project.
Pathway 3: Thesis by written dissertation
The thesis comprises a written dissertation of 80,000'100,000 words for PhD (40,000'50,000 words for MPhil), presented as an integrated whole.
Researchers will start on one of these three pathways when they apply and may change to a different option only up until the time of Upgrade.
|Duration & Attendance||Qualification||Tuition fees||Fee type|
|Doctor of Philosophy - PhD||£19,180||Overseas Fees|
|Doctor of Philosophy - PhD|
|Master of Philosophy - MPhil||£19,180||Overseas Fees|
|Master of Philosophy - MPhil|
- You should normally have (or expect to be awarded) a taught Masters in a relevant subject area. You might also be considered if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level. If English isn’t your first language you will require IELTS 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0.