University for the creative arts research

University for the creative arts research

Research & Development at UCA

     Our purpose is to nurture extraordinary graduates, practitioners and projects across the creative arts. This is underpinned by our vision to be a powerhouse of learning and discovery, whose research excellence is recognised nationally and globally.

Research is one of our major strengths, and we have a vibrant and progressive research base. We believe that research is fundamental to the pursuit of academic excellence within a specialist arts university. Growing an international research culture is central to the development of the courses that we offer, and every piece of research we embark on authenticates our core values of freedom, experimentation, collaboration, criticism and rigour.


University for the creative arts research

Postgraduate Research

Here at UCA we have a dynamic research culture and our staff maintain a high profile at the forefront of their disciplines, regularly showcasing their work through exhibitions, publications, conferences, seminars and work in the community.As a postgraduate research student you will have the freedom to pursue your own research across a range of subject areas, with the ongoing support of teaching staff. You’ll be encouraged to use our wide range of facilities and research centres housed on each campus to support your research.

We are currently reviewing the validation arrangements for our research degrees, further information will be available in 2017.

Our research centres

At UCA, we have a number of specialised and internationally acclaimed research centres. These centres bring researchers and academic staff together, often attracting external funding to undertake projects with industry, commerce and independent professionals

Established in 1995, the Centre for Sustainable Design (CfSD) leads and participates in a range of externally commissioned research projects. It has organised over 100 conferences, workshops and training programmes focused on sustainable innovation and product sustainability, including its own Sustainable Innovation conference.