Research course

Art and Design

Anglia Ruskin University · Cambridge School of Art

Entry requirements

MPhil: candidates must hold a BA or equivalent in a related subject area.

PhD: candidates should normally hold an MA or equivalent in a related subject area.

If English is not your first language, you will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, September, June, April

Course content

Our Phd research programmes will allow you to explore your own interests in art and design, supported by the expertise of our staff

Informed by your particular discipline, you’ll critically contextualise your work, clarifying both theoretical and practical research-based enquiries, and producing distinctive contributions to the research field.

You’ll be allocated two supervisors, with additional staff members available if necessary. Our supervisors are experienced in most areas of art and design, including: creative practices that crossover between art and design, graphic design and typography; interior design (with a special interest in the role of light); design and identity; and fashion and psychology.

At Cambridge School of Art, you’ll be part of a vibrant and growing community of researchers at PhD level. We have various research forums that accentuate the discursive and interdisciplinary nature of research, such as our close links with our University’s Faculty of Science and Technology, the Postgraduate Medical Institute, and local and national arts institutions and practitioners.

All your subject-specific studies will be enhanced and supported by our University-wide training sessions, where you’ll gain important research expertise in areas like ethics, presentations, intellectual property and digital scholarship.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from EU and international students.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

For advice on funding and scholarships please visit our finance pages for postgraduate students and researchers. Our Research Services team has further, detailed information about major funding sources, including charities, academies and set UK and EU funding.

Where available, the ARU jobs search lists research positions/scholarships.

You might also find The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding helpful.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
36 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Anglia Ruskin Applicant Enquiries Team
01245 686868: International; =441245 686868