Research course

Contemporary Arts

Lancaster University · Contemporary Arts - LICA

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, and a Masters degree in an appropriate discipline plus a viable research proposal.

Months of entry


Course content

Applications are accepted for any area of study in the contemporary arts including fine art, design, film, music, theatre and dance. LICA has a thriving community of over 60 doctoral students and you will be supervised by staff who are leaders in their respective fields. Much of the research in LICA is outward looking, involving the wider public, professionals, and policy makers in the development and benefits of research.

LICA offers the opportunity to undertake research that integrates creative practice with theoretical or historical study, as well as offering more traditional research programmes assessed by thesis only.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in each element) or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

+44(0)1524 510 899