Research Degrees

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The University for the Creative Arts supports both theoretical and practice-based research degrees.

More than half of the research student population are from the EU and Overseas providing a vibrant international community of research students. The University provides excellent support for students and offers a full range of training and development skills.

Studying for a research degree is a challenging but ultimately rewarding thing to do and from our experience we understand the need to offer our research students flexibility in how they work. We aim to offer students a vital and engaging environment in which their ideas and practices can be supported, challenged and celebrated. The range of research at UCA is broad and includes the work of artists, designers, architects, filmmakers, photographers, historians, theorists and curators.

 Details of our research centres and some recent research projects and facilities are provided below but these are by no means the extent of our work and expertise. UCA boasts significant strength in the areas of fine art, film and photography and counts amongst its staff many internationally renowned practitioners. In addition to this we offer supervision in the areas of creative arts and design business, and have a number of students registered in the Design Business Institute currently researching areas of fashion, retail and systems of production and manufacture.

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Please click on the links below to download the application forms:

RD12 Research Proposal Form

PhD Studentships

Home/EU Postgraduate Fees

International (Non EU) Postgraduate Fees

Normal Entry requirements:

  • A recognised Masters Degree or other equivalent qualification relevant to the research project proposed or:
  • Substantial appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level and:
  • If your first language is not English, a recent certificate showing an IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent



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