Research course


Bath Spa University · Bath School of Art and Design

Entry requirements

Applicants would normally as a minimum hold a first or upper second class honours degree from a UK HEI, or its equivalent. A relevant master's degree is also preferred. Applicants should note that they will normally be required to undertake research training as part of their studies unless they can demonstrate equivalent prior training (eg through a relevant Master's programme). Students register as an Advanced Postgraduate in the first instance. Application for formal registration for either the degree of PhD or MPhil takes place within six months, subject to a detailed and satisfactory proposal.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Ceramics research reflects the breadth and diversity of the subject field and includes aspects of ceramics history, theory and critical discourse as well as studio based ceramics practice. Group members deal with both the production and consumption of ceramic objects and aim to explore links and maintain dialogue between their various interests. Staff in the group are centrally involved in the Interpreting Ceramics Research Collaboration (ICRC) set up in September 2000 by individuals from 4 universities: BSU, UWE, UWA and UWIC. A major outcome of the collaboration is the peer reviewed international ceramics journal Interpreting Ceramics.

Department specialisms

Ceramics history, theory and critical discourse as well as studio based ceramics practice.

Information for international students

International students who do not have English as their first language may have to undertake an IELTS or TOEFL language test. The minimum accepted standard would be 6.5 on the IELTS scale. A higher standard for admission may be required in some fields.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 - 60 months
part time
36 - 72 months


full time
18 - 36 months
part time
30 - 48 months

Course contact details

Research Administrator
01225 875510
01225 875496