Candidates should normally have an MA in a related field to their research topic or demonstrate sufficient experience of such work. With practice-based proposals a body of existing work that demonstrates competence and expertise in the given field of practice will be requested.

Suitably qualified applicants should have a fully formed proposal indicating the topic, description, context, method and bibliographic references. Successful applications will show that their work is relevant, innovative and critically aware. The key criteria for research project proposals include their viability as a project within the time frame and ‘contribution to new knowledge’. You are encouraged to contact potential supervisors before applying, and to seek advice on the suitability of the project.

We welcome exciting and innovative proposals that challenge disciplinary boundaries and create new fields of practice.

Study may be conducted as full-time or part-time study. Candidates normally have two supervisors one lead supervisor DOS (Director of Studies) and a second supervisor. Candidates are required to submit work regularly and attend where relevant other courses. Once enrolled candidates must then complete the Registration of the research project proposal and later attend the MPhil/PhD transfer interview. The final exam is a viva voce conducted with two examiners, one external and the other normally internal. A PhD by practice normally results in an exhibition of the work which forms the basis of the examination process.

Applicants seeking scholarships or other forms of financial support should check the deadlines in advance of application.

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