36 months
20360 GBP/year
4407 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Goldsmiths, University of London consider all elements of the MPhil/PhD in Art to be sites of rigorous experimentation and encourage researchers to pursue their projects through processes of making, thinking, collaborating, investigating, experimenting, analysing and speculating. 


The MPhil/PhD Art at the Goldsmiths, University of London is a 3-4 year (full-time) or 6-8 year (part-time) research project, the pursuit of which may involve your already-established practice or may require the development of new modes of practice specific to the project.

The University understands that the shape and trajectory of your research may change as you make connections and develop your practice throughout the course of your research. We will work with you to develop the most appropriate – and generative – means of pursuing, documenting and disseminating your findings, as best befits your project.

It is important to note that the MPhil/PhD is not an extension of the MFA. The MFA is geared specifically to the development of your art practice and is academically recognized as the terminal professional degree for fine artists. 

The PhD is also distinct from ongoing studio practice or a residency. A PhD asks you to place your work in relation to that of other practitioners in a contemporary and/or historical context, be they artists or other cultural workers, philosophers, sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists, or others. In this respect, the model of the PhD encourages you to follow your curiosity for – and make connections with and between – the thought, work, and action of others.


The art programmes aim to equip you with the necessary skills to develop independent thought and confidence in your practice. In addition, these skills are of use in other career paths you may wish to follow.


The researchers have been successful in many fields including media, museums, galleries, education, the music business and academia. Many have continued to be successful, practising artists long after graduating, and have won major prizes and exhibited around the world.

Programme Structure

Programme Activities:

All skills training, research activities, monitoring exercises, and public-facing events fall into three intensive clusters, one in each term, including:

  • Term 1 - Flashpoint 1
  • Term 2 - Flashpoint 2
  • Term 3 - Annual Review Panels / Public Event

The three intensives are compulsory for all MPhil/PhD Researchers. All Researchers enrolled in the Programme are expected to attend in person and participate in person in these three intensives, which the exception of those in their Writing Up Year, who are only expected to attend the Annual Review Panels. 

Your attendance and participation in the intensives include acting as the main organizer for many of the events. We consider this organization of events including the Art Research Seminars, Small-Scale Events, and Large-Scale Public Event to be a key component of your research training and development.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • Contact details of a second referee
  • A personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online
  • If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript 
  • Details of your research proposal

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20360 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20360 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4407 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4407 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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