Research course

Art

Institution
University of Lincoln · School of Fine and Performing Arts
Qualifications
MA by researchMPhilPhD

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Entry requirements

First or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent professional experience.

For PhD/MPhil we require a UK Masters degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a relevant subject, or relevant professional qualifications, and relevant experience in an associated area.

Please submit the following supporting information when making your application:

  • a supporting statement (500 words). This should explain the motivation for studying your chosen programme
  • a research proposal (1,000-2,000 words). This proposal should:
  • Clearly define the topic you are interested in and demonstrate understanding of your research area.
  • Include two or three research questions that you will explore in your research.
  • Outline the range of research methodologies you will use to undertake the research.
  • Include a provisional bibliography of primary and secondary sources.
  • Explain clearly how your research contributes to existing scholarship in the area; what gaps will it fill? How will it further knowledge of the area?
  • Include a brief literature review of the key works that relate to your topic
  • Sketch out a provisional plan of work that includes research and a timetable for the writing of chapters.
  • If applying for PhD by Practice, please include a portfolio via PDF attachment, or link to a webpage. The portfolio should comprise a maximum of fifteen images, with the title of the work, date, dimensions and medium for each image. Videos are welcome but should be no longer than ten minutes in total.

Please note: a research proposal will only be considered if there are academics in the subject with an interest in your field. Please study the staff profiles closely to make sure there is at least one member of staff whose interests intersect broadly with your own.

All suitable applicants will be invited for an interview, either in person or via Skype.

Months of entry

February, May, October

Course content

MA by Research Art is designed to allow independent research in an area of in personal choice, supervised and supported by a team of academics. Research proposals are welcomed in contemporary fine art practice, current theoretical issues in art, as well as its histories, live art, and socially engaged practice.

The programme is available in either a written thesis or practice-based format, where documentation of creative practice undertaken during the research period replaces part of the thesis component.

Students have the opportunity to present their work in exhibitions and at postgraduate seminars, attend conferences, and submit their work for publication in refereed journals. Research students are invited to join one of the School's thriving research groups and participate in the Critical Encounters Research Series alongside academic staff and other postgraduate students.

A range of training opportunities are also provided by the University with the aim of developing research skills.

The University of Lincoln offers research programmes at MPhil and PhD level in a range of fine and contemporary art specialisms in a vibrant artistic community. Research students can benefit from a variety of training opportunities to develop their research skills.

Research proposals are welcomed in contemporary fine art practice, current theoretical issues in art, as well as its histories, live art, and socially engaged practice.

While studying for an MPhil or PhD, students are expected to undertake independent research in an area of their choice, supervised and supported by a team of academics. Students have the opportunity to present their work in exhibitions and postgraduate seminars, attend conferences, and submit work for publication in refereed journals.

Research students are invited to join one of the School's thriving research groups and participate in its Critical Encounters Research Series alongside academic staff and other postgraduate students.

Information for international students

International students will also require English Language at IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each part.

Fees and funding

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA by research
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    18+ months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    full time
    18+ months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36+ months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    full time
    36+ months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    60+ months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
PG Enquiries
Email
pgenquiries@lincoln.ac.uk