Research course

Art and Design Research

Nottingham Trent University · School of Art and Design

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum of a first or second-class degree or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline
  • a period of pre-PhD study is required for some subjects before entry to a PhD
  • and / or evidence of motivation and ability to conduct research at higher degree level.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The School of Art and Design provides a dynamic environment in which to pursue graduate study. The School plays host to a broad range of disciplines. These contemplate and engage the visual and material worlds and embrace various methodological approaches drawn from art practice to systems engineering, and from experimental testing to conceptual speculation.

Academic staff, research fellows and doctoral students in art and design form an active research community, participating in the following research centres, groups and networks:

Department specialisms

Decorative Arts; Design History and Visual Culture; Fashion and Textile Design; Fashion Marketing and Management; Fine Art; Graphic Design; Narrative and Interactive Arts; Photography

Information for international students

English language requirements - IELTS 6.5 (with minimum sub-scores of 6.0).

Applicants who have taken a higher degree at a UK university are normally exempt from the English language requirements. Applicants who do not meet the English language proficiency requirement will normally be asked to complete an English Language course.

Fees and funding

Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Further details of qualification

The difference between the MPhil and the PhD is that while both should indicate your ability to investigate and understand a particular field of study, the PhD also indicates that you have applied appropriate research methods to contribute to the understanding or knowledge of your subject.

Course contact details

Research and Graduate Studies Co-ordinator
+44 (0) 115 848 2177