Research course

Arts Education

Bath Spa University · School of Education

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

CRAE broadens theoretical knowledge of critical, philosophical, socio-cultural and political debates and initiatives within arts education. It also extends empirical arts practice within the context of educational, community-based, and cultural and institutional settings. CRAE fosters an inclusive ethos, promoting individual and collaborative research and scholarship and engaging diverse participants within a wide range of contexts. Members and Associates of CRAE are committed to developing their own practice in order to broaden knowledge and understanding within the arts and arts education. CRAE Projects create new opportunities for wider participation in the arts as well as frequently challenging notions of cultural exclusion.

Department specialisms

The Centre for Research in Arts Education (CRAE) embraces various disciplines within the arts, promoting inter-disciplinary arts and arts educational practice, and research. The Centre operates across the full spectrum of visual/performing arts: creative writing, dance, drama, music, visual art including traditional media and techniques, multimedia, video and installation.

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

Course contact details

Research Administrator
01225 875510
01225 875496