Research course

PhD by Publication

Goldsmiths, University of London · Anthropology

Entry requirements

You should have a first class undergraduate degree and/or a higher level degree in a relevant subject and/or appropriate experience. You will also require a body of work not more than 10 years old in a relevant field, which will form the basis for your thesis.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The PhD by Publication is not offered as an alternative to the traditional PhD programme of study, but as an option for staff who may have entered higher education mid-career or who are in more practice-based professions and have a body of work not more than 10 years old.

This work may comprise papers, chapters, monographs, books, scholarly editions of a text, technical reports, creative work in relevant areas, artefacts, or curatorial production. You may also be an alumnus of Goldsmiths or have strong ties to us. Either way, we would love to hear from you.

Throughout the programme you’ll develop a thesis of 15,000-30,000 words, which will be a contextualised, coherent narrative and critical appraisal of the portfolio of work you select to submit alongside it. This will form the basis for your viva voce examination.
You’ll receive academic support and advice from your supervisors, who will be from relevant academic departments. Their role will be to provide you with support and advice on:
  • selecting the work to include with your thesis submission from your portfolio
  • the development of your thesis
  • preparation for the viva voce

Your supervisor will work closely with you to ensure that your training needs are met throughout the programme. The PhD practice forum offers practice research training including:
  • Ethics
  • Working collaboratively
  • Web-based dissemination
  • Goldsmiths Research Online (GRO)
You’ll also be expected to give at least one presentation to your peer group, including non-specialists, during your period of registration.

Written thesis (15,000-30,000 words) and viva voce.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)20 7078 5300