MPhil/PhD at UCA Rochester


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.

Located within the Thames Gateway, UCA Rochester is ideally placed to play a major role within the creative arts, locally, nationally and internationally. The centre of London is only 45 minutes by train and Paris is two hours by Eurostar from Ebbsfleet station.

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Length of study:

3 years full-time, 5 years part-time


September 2018


UCA Rochester

Course overview:

MPhil and PhD students at UCA Rochester are part of a wider community of research and learning. UCA Rochester has specialist supervisors in photography, design, and fashion, as well as the history and theory of all three of these areas.

Research clusters are active within these core subject areas, fostering debate and cross-disciplinary exchange through their activities. Regular staff research seminars also provide a forum for the sharing of research practice and knowledge, enhancing UCA Rochester's research culture.

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 with a relevant bibliography and CV by the 31 March 2018.

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 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.


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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