Research course

Art & Design (Higher Degrees by Research)

University of Chester · Department of Art and Design

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for an MPhil or PhD programmes, applicants should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least an upper second class honours degree in a discipline appropriate to their intended area of research. Substantial prior research experience may, in some instances, be acceptable in place of a first degree qualification. If you are not sure whether this might apply to you, our Postgraduate Admissions team will be able to advise you.

Months of entry

January, September, May

Course content

Studying for an MPhil or a PhD is very much an individual activity, and research topics vary widely, according to personal interests. As one of our students, we will help to nurture your interests and develop skills and insights essential to your future progress.

To assist you, we offer access to modern, well-equipped laboratories and library facilities, and are also able to support prospective students in developing their research proposals.

A key aspect of both teaching and research at Chester is the notion of interdisciplinarity and dialogue between disciplines and practices is something that is of interest to many of the researchers working within the Department. Areas of research interest that extend across disciplinary boundaries include: the legacies of modernism and their reinterpretation through contemporary practice;the role of materiality and embodiment in thinking, making and knowing; themes of time, place, and cultural memory; participatory practice; and areas of communication, cultural awareness and identity within digital environments. The‘expanded field’ of textile practice and the critical discourses which surround the positioning of traditional textile materials and processes within the broader realm of contemporary visual culture, is an area of research activity that is also particularly distinctive to the Department.

The Department would be keen to hear from students who would wish to pursue their research across a broad spectrum of fine art, photography and design for communication practices as well as welcoming proposals in these interdisciplinary areas.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-84 months
full time
24-48 months


full time
12-48 months
part time
24-72 months


part time
48-84 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1244 511000