BA Photography

This course covers photography, digital imaging, photographic histories and critical theory. With a balanced emphasis on practice and theory, it is designed to equip you with a range of skills and a thorough understanding of the uses, functions and meanings of images in relation to art, society and culture. You will develop your ability to produce photographic work in a variety of media, and develop techniques for the most effective communication of ideas that are also sensitive to audience, purpose and context. In addition to our experienced and highly respected teaching staff, a team of dedicated technicians and a wide range of visiting lecturers and guest speakers support the course.
Many of our graduates go on to work as photographers in the commercial and fine art sectors, or pursue a range of careers within the broader photographic industries, such as picture editors and researchers, museum and gallery curators, writers, historians, teachers and community project workers.


This course is the only four-year degree in Photography in the UK and it is aimed at school leavers and mature applicants who use photography in their work and are concerned with issues of photographic representation. The course is designed to equip you with a range of critical skills for understanding the uses, functions and meanings of images in relation to art, society and culture. Many of our graduates go on to work as photographers and photographic artists or pursue a range of careers within the broader photographic sectors, such as picture editors and researchers, designers, magazine editors, museum and gallery curators, writers, teachers and community project workers and many go on to postgraduate study.
The course is taught one day a week for four years with further access to facilities. Your prior experience or learning may be credited, and applicants with exceptionally advanced qualifications or experience may be granted admission at Credit Level 5 of the degree.

Clinical Photography BSc Honours

This course is the only full-time degree in Clinical Photography in the UK. It has been designed with the support of the Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI) to directly meet the needs of the Medical Photography profession. The course combines academic study in Photography and Clinical Theory and Practice, with work-based learning in NHS hospitals.
The course enjoys the support of many medical photography departments in NHS hospitals throughout the UK where our students have extended periods of work placement. The focus of the course is primarily to reflect the nature of the medical photography profession. Clinical Photography is multidisciplinary and requires expertise in photography, digital imaging,

Photography and Digital Imaging Technologies BSc Honours

This course deals with the technical, scientific and creative aspects of photography and digital imaging. In existence for more than 40 years, it is one of the few courses in Europe providing education in all aspects of photography and photographic science.
Our teaching staff are members of The Imaging Technology Research Group and are involved in many key publications in the field and in professional bodies across the industry. The course has an excellent national and international reputation in the photography and imaging science communities, and as a graduate you will be eligible to apply for the award of Graduate Imaging Scientist from the Royal Photographic Society.
The course prepares you for a wide range of careers, including commercial photography, digital post-production, digital special effects, TV and cine camera work, scientific, forensic and medical imaging, processing laboratory management, technical representatives and industrial research and development.

MA Documentary Photography and Photojournalism 

The emphasis of this ‘masters’ course is vocational and concentrates on youdevelopment and practice to documentary and editorial photography. On this ‘masters’ you will acquire the fundamental skills of being able to use photography for the expression and communication of your ideas, for whatever your pathway may become. Whether this be; news, editorial, documentary, or other genres within the industry.  The transferable skills you will acquire will serve you well in your future careers as the country’s foremost visual thinkers and practitioners.
Graduates from MA DPP are eminently employable, and regularly achieve success, awards and acclaim as photographers, picture researchers, picture editors, writers, lecturers, designers, art buyers and festival organisers (see Alumni /Alumina section of this website for further details). The emphasis of the course throughout the year will be on the development of your photographic practice. You will be introduced to a deeper understanding to the complexities of photography whether; editorial, documentary or commercial photography. You will have the opportunity to become familiar with large, medium format equipment as well as studio practice. Insight will be given into the photographic industry and how to get your work seen and or commissioned, by practitioners , lecturers from the various areas of photography will be engaged throughout the year to talk about aspects of the industry; from personal practice to being able to achieve a living

MA Photography Arts

MA Photographic Studies is a taught programme combining modules of practice and theory. The course is flexible, a normal route leads to an overall 70% practice and 30% theory ratio (options can vary it to 50/50). Successful candidates will already have a strong portfolio of photographic work and a commitment to thinking about photography. Students develop their own work throughout the course and alongside this write three short critical essays (3000 words each). (There is no Dissertation unless it is chosen as an option.) The major photographic work is shown at the end of the course in a public exhibition, supported by the university. The course is very well established with an international profile and famous through its many graduates in highly successful careers as photographers, artists, critics, writers and visual researchers.


We have been supervising PhD work on photography for over a decade with many successful completions across the wide field of photography research. Staff have expertise in contemporary art photography, critical theory and historical studies of photography. Candidates with proposals for PhD research in these areas are welcome to apply to our PhD programme. Renowned for our pioneering work in combining photographic practice and critical theory we offer excellent support and an active environment of postgraduate research students.

The Photography Department supervises doctoral research on photography in two different modes:

– Practice-based PhD)

– PhD by written research (theoretical/historical/critical)

Both types of research require substantial commitment, rigor and competence in the chosen research field. Candidates will be expected to develop and articulate their research methods as part of the research work. Supervisors will guide and support the candidate throughout the process.

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