Entry requirements

Applicants must hold an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or its overseas equivalent and will normally be expected to have studied to UK Master’s level, or its overseas equivalent, in either fine art or in art history/theoretical studies.

Months of entry


Course content

The Slade School of Fine Art at UCL, is one of the UK's leading university departments for fine art*. We approach research as the practice of art and reflections upon that practice through methods that are experimental, imaginative and diverse.

All Slade staff supervisors are practising artists or writers involved in research. An account of their research interests and expertise is available on the Slade website where you will also find the Slade research strategy and our research priorities for the next five years.

We also encourage cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research with other faculties and departments across UCL and external institutions, including those within the London Arts and Humanities Partnership, LAHP, through research clusters, events and joint supervision. Slade doctoral students actively extend the remit of fine art research through institutional collaboration and contribute to the wider culture through their public art practice, writing, curating and academic careers.

Doctoral researchers also benefit from the Slade's central London location and proximity to other external research institutions, galleries and museums. Practice-led students in full-time attendance are allocated studio space and all students have access to a project space and workshop facilities subject to UK government guidelines.

*UCL was ranked #2 for Art in the 2021 Guardian League Table (https://www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2020/sep/05/the-best-uk-universities-2021-league-table)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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