Ph.D. On Campus

Visual Cultures

Goldsmiths, University of London

36 months
14760 GBP/year
4407 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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We welcome applicants wishing to explore visual culture understood as a meeting ground between creative practices, the philosophical and the political. The Visual Cultures programme is offered by the Goldsmiths, University of London.


We usually accept research students into the Department of Visual Cultures on the basis of a match between your proposed research and the current research interests of the department as well as an assessment of your qualifications and suitability to undertake a research degree. The Visual Cultures programme is offered by the Goldsmiths, University of London.

PhD seminar

In addition to regular tutorials with your supervisor, you will attend the MPhil/PhD Visual Culture seminar in your first and second years of study. This is a weekly seminar dedicated to research questions and theoretical problems of study at MPhil/PhD level. It has the additional aim of fostering a supportive and participatory postgraduate research culture in the Department.

Other courses, seminars, workshops and events

As well as participating in the PhD Seminar you are invited to audit an MA Special Subject of your choice should this be helpful. At key moments throughout the year, MPhil/PhD students on the Visual Culture programme join students on our MPhil/PhD Curatorial/Knowledge programme and there are also opportunities to benefit from seminars and workshops associated with our Centre for Research Architecture.

The Visual Cultures Public Programme

You are to attend the department’s Visual Cultures Public Programme. These events take place on Thursday evenings and are followed by an opportunity to socialize with staff, fellow students and other attendees.

Programme Structure

Research in the department is organised around the following thematic clusters:

  • Culture, Memory, Futurity
  • Environmental Humanities and Ecologies
  • Globalisation and Transcultural practices
  • Performance and Live Art
  • Philosophy, Critical and Visual Theory
  • Political Aesthetics
  • Sexes, Genders, Genres

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

    14760 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14760 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.


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