Norwich University of the Arts PHD

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We work with universities, museums, galleries, and creative and cultural industries throughout the world to develop exciting and relevant research.

Our international activities explore new ways in which art, design, architecture and media practice, interpretation and curation contribute to knowledge and understanding of contemporary culture, society and quality of life.

The ethos of a specialist academic culture underpins NUA’s strategy for research, which focuses on generating new forms of creative practice informed by critical and cultural perspectives. Research produced by NUA staff, students and collaborators interrogates the contexts in which art, design, architecture and media are produced, understood, used, exchanged and sustained, setting out to challenge conventions, provide new insights and develop original applications. Their outcomes provide audiences with access to creative disciplines, innovative practices and cultural heritage. In developing NUA’s research, staff and students have been publicly recognised for their work in the UK, Europe, the US, South America, North Africa, the Middle East, Australia and Asia.

Following the successes achieved in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) where 55% of our research was classed as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, a further 40% of our research was classed as internationally recognised, and 90% of our research was deemed to have an impact that was ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ – the strategic development of research was further clarified. While maintaining its strong reputation for research in Fine Art practice, theory, history and curation, NUA is concentrating on developing new areas of research in, for example, Illustration, Film, Games Design, Fashion and Architecture, and in 2013 introduced three cross-disciplinary University Research Themes that were subsequently consolidated in 2015 in the new University Research Strategy, 2015-2020.

In the coming years the University will continue to emphasise the integration of academic staff and postgraduate student research through joint staff-student initiatives coordinated by the Research Office, utilising key resources for innovation including the University studios and laboratories, the East GalleryNUA and the Ideas FactoryNUA. By expanding external partnerships with key European organisations the institution will increase postgraduate student numbers while maintaining a highly selective approach to staff and student recruitment, focused around identified areas of expertise. Building on the work of the Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training (CREST), NUA will co-lead the development of specialist European postgraduate and research initiatives to develop the international infrastructure for research in the disciplines.

How to Apply

Our normal minimum entry requirement is an upper second class honours degree in a relevant discipline. However, an MA in an appropriate subject is considered to be a particularly valuable preparation for a research degree. Applicants not meeting either of these criteria will also be considered if they can demonstrate alternative relevant qualifications, professional experience and an understanding of research methodologies appropriate to their proposed programme of study.

Applicants should be aware that meeting the University’s minimum entry requirements does not guarantee entry. This is only one of the factors taken into account when the University makes its decision. Many other factors are also important, such as suitability for research study at NUA; relevant experience; references; and the availability of suitable supervisors and resources.

Although we welcome applications for study towards a research degree throughout the year, please note that the University has one point of entry at the start of each academic year.

Applicants should submit a Preliminary Application to Study for a Research Degree, in which you will provide details of your qualifications, employment history, research experience, outputs, two academic references and a 1,000-word outline of your proposed programme of research. We may also require examples of your work in an appropriate format, if relevant to your proposed research. Further guidance on the application and consideration process, and writing a preliminary proposal, can be found in the document titled ‘PGR Application Guidance and Process’ located below.

International Applicants

All international (non-European Economic Area – EEA) applicants need to apply for an Adult (General) Student Visa under Tier 4 of the Points Based System (PBS) of immigration to the UK as we do not offer distance learning programmes. International applications are normally only considered for entry as full-time students.

If English is not your first language you will be required to demonstrate evidence of having met the University’s English language entry requirements, please refer to the ‘PGR Application Guidance and Process’ document located below for further details on what these are.

If you apply to NUA and are offered a place on a course, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place.

Fees and Finance

For information on Research Degree fees for home, EU and international students visit Fees and Finance.