Research course

Research Degree Programme

Falmouth University · Academy of Innovation and Research

Entry requirements

A Master's degree in an appropriate subject is considered to be a particularly valuable preparation for a research degree, although the normal minimum entry requirement for a research degree is an upper second class honours degree of a British university or recognised institution of higher education. In some instances, applicants without this requirement may be considered if they can demonstrate appropriate alternative qualifications, professional experience or previous research.

Months of entry


Course content

Falmouth University has a dynamic research culture and postgraduate researchers play an important role in the life of our research community. Interdisciplinary research is essential to our approach and is positively encouraged in everything we do.

Your research may be attached to one of our Research Centres, but our students' research projects are often interdisciplinary. In addition, your supervision team is likely to be drawn from more than one discipline.

Falmouth offers both theoretical and practice based research programmes leading to a PhD or MPhil awarded in any subject area where the University can provide appropriately qualified supervision. Programmes of research can be carried out in any field of study within the expertise of the University, provided that the proposed programme is capable of leading to scholarly research and to its presentation for assessment by appropriate examiners. The University’s subject range also means that students can follow programmes of study in which creative work can form a significant part of the intellectual enquiry.

Research and innovation are central to Falmouth University's identity and aspirations as a global arts university. Our overarching aim is to develop and sustain an entrepreneurial and internationally distinctive research discourse that drives the University's academic profile and underpins its contribution to economic, social and cultural advancement. Our research environment is encompassed within our Academy for Innovation & Research.

Research degree students at Falmouth benefit from the Research Student Development Programme (RSDP) which offers research students support and ongoing training to enhance their studies and future careers as researchers. Our postgraduate Research Student Development Programme will help you identify the appropriate research methods for your chosen subject, and help you plan and structure your project. We also support practice-led research in which your own creative practice plays a role, and documented creative work can contribute to your final thesis, alongside a written component.

Research students work alongside postdoctoral Research Fellows and a steady flow of international visiting researchers. All regularly share their enquiry through a lively and engaging programme of lectures, performances, readings, concerts and a variety of other activities. In addition, our cross-institutional programme enables researchers in all fields to share their work and ideas.

Falmouth University research degrees are awarded through our partnership with University of the Arts London.

Information for international students

Those for whom English is not a first language will have to pass an Internal English Language Test (IELTS) scoring at least 7.0+ (with a 7.0 in writing) or recognised equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,700 FT / £2,900 PT per year
International students

Details of Studentships are published on our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
96 months
full time
48 months

Course contact details

RIO Office
+44 (0)1326 255831