Research course

MPhil / PhD

Arts University Bournemouth

Entry requirements

To discuss an application or to apply for this course, please email the Research Office or call +44 1202 363334.

You will normally be expected to have a Masters level qualification in an appropriate subject. In some instances, applicants without this requirement may be considered if they can demonstrate appropriate alternative qualifications, professional experience or previous research and an understanding of research methodologies appropriate to their proposed programme of study.
If English is not your first language you will have to pass IELTS scoring at least 7.0 (including 7.0 or above in writing).
Applicants should be aware that meeting the University’s minimum entry requirements does not guarantee entry. This is only one of the factors taken into account when the University makes its decision.
More details on how to apply are on our website.

Months of entry


Course content

If you aspire to know your subject in greater depth or make a significant academic contribution, a research degree could be for you. Our MPhil/PhD awards are validated by the University of the Arts London (UAL).

Research degree supervision is offered across theoretical and practice-based programmes in art, design, architecture, media, performance and creative pedagogy where AUB can provide appropriate supervision. We particularly welcome applications aligned to our research groups including animation; creative pedagogies; fashion and textiles; and plastics in art and design.

As a research student, you will engage in a programme of independent research and/or practice based work. Following discussion with your Director of Studies you will be assigned one, or sometimes two, secondary supervisors with whom you will plan your programme of research. You will have regular tutorials to support your study throughout your time as a student.

Your research may combine the practice, theory and/or history of your specialist area and you will be guided in your study to define clearly and persuasively what is original and innovative about your chosen topic and how best to present and disseminate your arguments and findings, whether this is substantially a written thesis or via a combination of practice (for example, exhibition, installation) and text-based critique.

Department specialisms

Animation Creative pedagogies Fashion and textiles Plastics in art and design Film Drawing

Information for international students

For further information, email the International Office or call 01202 363233

Fees and funding

Applicants may be eligible for a Doctoral Loan of up to £25,000 for the duration of the course.

We also have various annual studentships and bursaries available for specific research topics.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Research Office
+44 1202 363334