Masters by Research or PhD Art and Design (Postgraduate)

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Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Centre for Art and Photography, Cheltenham

Cultivate strong critical thinking and research skills to undertake high quality, original and impactful research. There is potential for your work to be published professionally.

Our experienced team of research-active staff offer research supervision across a range of art and design disciplines that include Fine Art, Landscape Architecture, Design and Photography.

Our facilities include: printmaking; illustration; landscape and graphic design studios; painting and 3D studios; photography studios; as well as a well-resourced library and IT facilities.We encourage attendance at relevant conferences, as well as the giving of papers and publication of articles towards the later stages of studies. Peer group seminars and discussions, together with campus-based and university-wide open lecture programmes, are seen as integral to the research student experience. Our research centres - Research into Art and the Environment and Typography and Authorial Design - build upon areas of expertise within the school and help foster the sharing of knowledge, spanning different disciplines, among both staff and students.

Study style

Research opportunities in the Faculty of Media, Arts & Technology are available for either full-time or part-time study and are offered at all levels.

Entry requirements

  • Research students who have not already completed a relevant Masters degree or other appropriate postgraduate research methods training are normally required to complete the university's research methods training course: MR401 (philosophy and approaches to research) and MR402 (methodologies and methods).
  • MA by Research/MPhil: you will need at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent
  • PhD: you will need a Masters degree or equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
  • We normally consider applications from candidates from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement
  • International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent


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Don Parker

Staff Profile

Dr. Don Parker

Academic Subject Leader for Design

"Don has studied and worked in graphic design, illustration, advertising, marketing and communications and has worked internationally as a designer and educator. His doctorate on advertising and consumer behaviour theory, drew conceptually and directly on advertising practice in its investigation of the effects on advertisers and consumers at the same time. He is currently looking to support PhD candidates researching into graphic design, advertising, marketing and communications with an emphasis on PAR (Practice as Research) in Design."


Benefit from at least two on-to-one research-active supervisors

Benefit from personal support with significant artists, photographers, and design professionals offering expert supervision. The number of supervisors you have may increase to bring different expertise to the team as your research develops.

Get specialist training in research methods

Research students who have not already completed a relevant Masters degree or other appropriate postgraduate research methods training will benefit from the university's research methods training modules: Philosophy and Approaches to Research and Methodologies and Methods.

A range of approaches - written, practice-based and inter-disciplinary

Carry out practice-based research or a purely written piece. Expand your subject with cross-disciplinary research across art and design subjects or link with subjects in media, humanities or computing.

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