Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

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.

Our researchers have been successful in many fields including media, museums, galleries, education, the music business and academia. Many have continued to be successful, practising artists long after graduating, and have won major prizes and exhibited around the world.

Start Date:

Duration: 3-4 years.. Duration: 6-8 years..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £19,760 European Fees
4 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £19,760 Overseas Fees
8 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Home Fees
8 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £9,880 European Fees
8 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £9,880 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should normally have (or expect to be awarded) a taught Masters in a relevant subject area. Students might also be considered for some programmes if they aren?t a graduate or their degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that students have the ability to work at postgraduate level.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0.