Taught course

Art and Design

University of Derby · College of Arts, Humanities and Education
MPhil or PhD

Entry requirements

Please visit our website for information on entry requirements.

MPhil, PhD

Months of entry

August, May

Course content

In the School of Arts we foster the next generation of researchers. We have a vibrant research community with existing topics of Ph.D. research in costume, painting, photography, sculpture, film, visual communication, music, scenography, creative ecologies, health and wellbeing, cultural value in the Arts. All of these enquiries are supervised by Research Excellence rated staff of 3* and above, of International and world leading standing.

There are three routes to a higher degree:

MPhil: This is for graduates who want to gain a strong knowledge and understanding of the subject, and then take the discipline forward through an approved programme of original research.

New Route PhD: The new route is for recently qualified graduates with good honours degrees who are keen to progress immediately to a research experience. This will prepare you for a career in which the ability to undertake research will play a key role.

Traditional Route PhD: This route entails a programme of research which normally takes three years of full time study. You can choose to take it part time over a period of up to six years. The traditional route enables capable and qualified individuals with a masters degree to pursue an original research investigation into a chosen topic within a field of enquiry.


We design an individual research programme to suit your topic, and you will regularly meet your supervisor for guidance and progress monitoring.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

Please contact us for details of the fees for this course.

Qualification and course duration

MPhil or PhD

full time
36 months

Course contact details

Neil Campbell
01332 590500