UCA Doctoral College, located close to our Canterbury campus at Rochester House, is UCA’s new home for creative PhD study, and takes the University's already prestigious research status to a new level.
Acting as a base for students, academic and support staff, UCA Doctoral College offers a distinctive model of excellence and leadership in contemporary arts doctoral studies provision. It is focused on practice-based research projects, supervised across all our schools, rooted in intellectually rigorous preparation, topical critical and creative themes, and key research skills.
As a full or part-time research student at UCA, you’ll have the option to choose a traditional or practice-based route for your studies. Whichever you choose, you’ll develop an original written thesis, and practice-based candidates will need to produce accompanying creative work.
At the UCA Doctoral College, students are undertaking PhD's in a variety of creative subjects, from exploring cultural hybridity in Nigerian film, to interpreting the behaviour of ants through fine art.
If you're interested in studying a postgraduate research degree at UCA, click the link below to find out more.
Studying a creative research degree at UCA means joining a vibrant and progressive top ten research community with a wealth of specialist resources for creative research and practice.Find out more
Studying at the UCA
The UCA Doctoral College is your base for PhD study and offers a warm, connected community for you to realise your research aims.
At the Doctoral College you meet other PhD students – something which can be difficult when studying a research degree – and have the chance to build a network of fellow research students. Meanwhile, our team of staff – both teaching and administrative – are always available should you have any issues or questions and are always happy to have a chat.
The Doctoral College building is newly appointed and offers you a range of spaces, depending on your needs: quiet study areas, a range of breakout rooms for group work, a bank of Macs to work at, along with several social spaces for get togethers over lunch or a coffee.
The Doctoral College is here for you to utilise and benefit from – you can arrange supervision meetings here, and host events that support your study.
“The warmth and passion of the lecturers and administrators is contagious. And I have no words to describe the nice community that has been formed with the other PhD students, a super highlight. Lots of support, laughs and interesting and challenging points of view.” Elihu Salazar Espinosa, PhD student
Our students are what makes the UCA Doctoral College special – and they're working on a whole spectrum of fascinating topics. Click the profiles below to find out more about them and their studies.
Rochester House provides multiple spaces to learn and host events. It includes a bookable exhibition space, a large main room for events and a smaller seminar room for 10-15 people, both of which have a large screen with filming and audio facilities. There are also one-to-one spaces, social seating and a PhD lab with 20 Macs.
Rochester House has spaces to learn with filming and audio facilities.
Learning spaces accommodate large groups through to one-to-ones
There are also social spaces for students
At the UCA Doctoral College, you'll study with the mentorship and support of our team of amazing research staff – here are just some of them!
News & Blogs
Read about the activities of UCA Doctoral College, latest news, and the projects our PhD students have been working on, here:View all news View all blogs
PhD student Simon launches fine art exhibition
Nollywood's Emem Misodi picks UCA for PhD
UCA Doctoral College is easily accessible – it's close to our Canterbury campus just off the M2 by road, and close to cross-Channel services and two major train stations with links to London. It's also served by bus.
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