London South Bank University

Course Introduction

The School of Arts and Creative Industries has a major commitment to scholarship and research. We recognise its significance in underpinning course provision, particularly at postgraduate level, and in developing enterprise and knowledge transfer with the media, arts and creative sectors.

All research students are enrolled in the LSBU’s postgraduate Key Skills programme. In addition, they can undertake research methods training from relevant MA and MSc courses, as well as taking part in specialist events and activities, which ensure an inclusive and thriving research culture.

Our applied research tackles real'world issues and encompasses a wide variety of methodologies and approaches, including practice'based research, empirical work on audiences and texts, and theory'driven analysis. Read the Arts and Creative Industries Research blog for up'to'date information about research activities.

The School is home to the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image, which uses a trans'disciplinary approach to analysing the use of the image in network culture.

We offer PhD supervision in a range of subject areas, methodological approaches and theoretical approaches, including practice'based research. We welcome proposals in all areas of research relevant to the School, but are particularly interested in applications which relate to one or more of the following: * drama and performance

* network cultures

* digital storytelling (including digital journalism)

* sonic culture

Research students benefit from engaging with highly qualified academic staff and become a vital part of our dynamic research culture.

80% of our research was awarded 3* out of 4* for impact – ‘very considerable impacts in terms of their reach and significance’ – by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. This document is available on our website.

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
6 years
Distance Learning
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

Qualifications required:

  • When applying for a Research Degree Programme at LSBU you are expected to have a good honours degree. If you have the equivalent of a lower second or third class honours you would also need a Postgraduate qualification at Masters level. You will also be required to show proof of all of your qualifications.