Research course

Art MA by Research / MRes

University of Gloucestershire · School of Arts
PhDMA by research

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Entry requirements

    • At least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area.
    • Candidates who do not possess a master’s degree that includes research methods training at an advanced level are required to complete research methods training.
    • All applicants will be interviewed to ascertain experience, aptitude and current level of innovation, creativity and critical thinking. The interview will also be an opportunity to identify an appropriate supervisory team.
    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Ranked 6th globally in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey, 2019.

An art research degree is not a continuation of studio practice or a residency, but instead asks you to place your work in relation to that of other practitioners in a contemporary and historical context. Originality can consist of different combinations of existing knowledge as a means of demonstrating original practice.

Typically, we enable you to focus and refine detailed aspects of your practice that you locate very specifically in a range of knowledge fields that may or may not previously have been associated with fine art. It encourages you to explore more critically – and make connections with and between – the thoughts and actions of others, and your own imperatives as a practising artist.

Through developing dialogues and exchanges within your supervisory team, and external connections made as part of your research, you will then be able to put forward your completed research project and take the first steps in expanding your connections with a larger artistic and academic community. Research students are encouraged to present conference papers, participate in seminars, public exhibitions and other forms of critical exchange, as part of the research process.

You will write a thesis in parallel with the practice-based research, that should demonstrate an original contribution to knowledge. We will help you focus on the appropriate practice for pursuing your research, and refine appropriate forms of discourse and dissemination.

School of Arts

Our School of Arts provides specialist studios with the latest industry technology so you can develop your creative talent. You will collaborate with other artists and designers and be inspired by practising professionals to refine your own authentic voice.

Research Areas

Staff specialisms include:

  • art and biblical interpretation
  • Ethiopian artistic and architectural heritage; curatorial practice
  • socially engaged practice
  • curation in a community context
  • contemporary painting
  • Modernism re-explored in contemporary fine art practice
  • agendas around art and wellbeing
  • concrete poetry
  • artists’ publishing
  • contemporary drawing practice and pedagogy
  • sculpture
  • and the extended field in relation to performance and video.

This research contributes to the research priority area Creative Practice and Theory.

Research degrees in creative practice, in particular Fine Art and Photography, have been happening at University of Gloucestershire for twenty years. Past student successes include the current head of undergraduate fine art and practitioners based as far afield as New Delhi and Boston. We encourage diversity and exchange across disciplines and see the research degree process as rigourous through the relationship between practice and theory rather than as a tug of war between the two elements.

Fees and funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • MA by research
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

03330 141414