MPhil/PhD at UCA Farnham*

MPhil/PhD

The MPhil/PhD is an integrated programme and you are initially registered on the MPhil. Formal transfer to PhD occurs subject to approval by a thesis panel which is appointed to you at the start of your registration. Should you not transfer to PhD, you'll be expected to complete the MPhil within two years.

UCA Farnham has a thriving research culture with a large number of active researchers operating across the fields of art, design, crafts, media and communication.

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Length of study:

3 years full-time, 5 years part-time

Starts:

September 2017

Campus:

UCA Farnham

Course overview:

In addition to UCA Farnham's three established research centres, it has a number of successful cross-disciplinary research clusters involved in areas such as Home Interaction, Manipulated Moving Image and the Photographic Book.

UCA Farnham holds regular staff and students research seminars and staff exhibit frequently. Important conferences, symposia, exhibitions and publication ventures originate from the research centres and clusters.

There is supervisory expertise both in written and practice-based research degrees and current students undertaking MPhil and PhD research in the fields of animation, new media, fine art and design history.

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

Research areas

Research proposals are invited in the following areas across our four campuses:

  • Urban regeneration and the politics of the environment
  • Architecture and modernism
  • Interior architecture
  • Issues in the pedagogy of architecture.
  • Animation
  • Time based and digital media
  • Colour theory
  • Photography
  • Contemporary photographic theory and practice
  • Experimental film
  • Contemporary video theory
  • Technology and visual culture
  • Concepts of temporality
  • Contemporary theory and criticism
  • Public art
  • Art and the environment
  • Contemporary landscape
  • Digital arts
  • Painting and technology
  • Sculptural practices and installation
  • New media narratives and articulations of culture, identity, gender, the self
  • New media practices within fashion and textile
  • Digital/virtual media environments
  • Visual identity and new media representation.
  • Ceramics and textiles
  • Design management
  • Graphic and digital media
  • Sustainable product design
  • Design branding and modes of consumption
  • Applied arts
  • Leisure software design and electronic arts.
  • Conceptual and experimental fashion
  • Discourses related to textile materiality, textile narratives and textile cultures
  • Intersections between fashion, body, art and/or performance
  • Anglo-Japanese textiles
  • Textile within the fields of cultural identity and gender
  • Textile traditions as related to innovative textile practices and materials
  • Fashion and industry
  • Fashion design and trend
  • Fashion promotion
  • Fashion product innovation
  • Fashion marketing.
     

Application information

Normally you'll hold a recognised masters degree or equivalent relevant to the proposed programme of study, or a first or second class honours degree (or recognised equivalent relevant) with appropriate research or professional experience.

 

English Language requirements:

IELTS 7.0 overall, 7 for writing, and other elements not less than 6.5 (or equivalent qualification).

We operate a two-stage admissions process for research degrees. Initially, you are asked to submit the RD12 Research Proposal Form and return it to the Research Office roffice@uca.ac.uk with a relevant bibliography and CV by the 31 March 2017.

The RD12 form includes guidance on how to prepare the research plan including the research title; research methodology and critical approaches; experience; and original contribution to knowledge and key themes, concepts and ideas.

 

If successful you'll move to the second stage of the admissions process which is an invitation to interview. Before the interview takes place the applicant will be asked to submit academic qualifications and references.

To apply, please contact the Research Office at roffice@uca.ac.uk for an application pack.

The university usually offers a small number of fee scholarships for Home/EU students and these are awarded on a competitive basis.

There is no separate application process for the award of a fee scholarship as these are awarded on the merit of the research proposal and the experience of the applicant. For more information please see the bursary information for 2017/18.  

Applicants wishing to be considered for a fee scholarship will need to submit their research proposal by the 31 March 2017.

 

The university also subscribes to the alternative guide to postgraduate funding. If you have an application in progress the Research Office can give you a PIN number so you can access the database. This guide provides sources for potential funding for PhD, Masters, and PGCE study. It's open to  all postgraduates, regardless of subject or nationality.

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