Research course

Research in Art, Design and Architecture

Kingston University · Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture
MPhilMA by researchPhD

Entry requirements

See general programme details.

Months of entry

October, March

Course content

MA by Research

This flexible learning programme allows students to pursue an individual programme of research in any field, supported by research methods training, and taught modules as appropriate. The degree involves investigation and evaluation of an approved research project and the presentation of a dissertation of between 10,000 and 20,000 words or equivalent for studio based subjects. The award of MA or MSc by Research is at the same level as the MPhil, but carries half the credits (180).

The programme lasts one year full time or two years part time. To be eligible you will need a good honours degree in a related discipline. Applications will also be considered if you have no formal qualifications but can satisfy the admissions tutor of your motivation and ability to work at masters level.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Typically an MPhil takes about two years full time or three/four years part time. An MPhil thesis is 20-40,000 words long or its equivalent for studio-based research and is the subject of an oral examination in which you will show how you have critically managed and investigated your area of research.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

A PhD usually takes three to four years of full-time study or four to six years part time. You will normally be expected to have a masters degree or a good honours degree or equivalent in a subject relevant to your proposed research programme.

The PhD thesis is typically about 40-80,000 words long or its equivalent for studio-based research. On completion it will be the subject of an oral examination in which you will show both how you have critically investigated your area of research and made an independent and original contribution to knowledge.

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-72 months
full time
24-36 months

MA by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
24 months
part time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Research administrator
+44 (0)20 8417 4016