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Art and Design, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #801 (WUR) Birmingham, United Kingdom
A PhD in Art and Design will help you create opportunities to develop research skills that support professional practice, research and/or academic careers within the fields of art, design and the creative industries.  
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You will study in a world-class research environment which enables both practice-led and/or entirely text based PhD research to be developed to the highest level.

A PhD enables you to follow a programme of self-directed, independent study, supported by experienced supervisors who are themselves experts in their area.  You will also be supported by the wider research community in Art and Design and you will have regular opportunities to attend research seminars, conferences and symposia.

The PhD gives you the opportunity to spend time researching and developing a deep understanding of a unique area of interest whilst contributing world-leading insight to the academic specialisms in Art and Design at Birmingham City University.

Research in Art and Design takes place within and across five schools (Art, Architecture and Design, Fashion and Textiles, Jewellery, and Visual Communications).  

Art and Design is home to more than 80 early career through to senior researchers, and a further 70+ doctoral researchers.  

Research sits firmly at the heart of our activities and there is a strong tradition of high-impact output from our various lines of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 42 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Art History, Education and Design Practice
  • Centre for Chinese Visual Arts
  • Erotic Praxis and the Queering of Sense
  • Making Art in the Public Sphere
  • Photography Expanded
  • Radical Matter in Art and Philosophy
  • Research in Art, Dissemination, Impact
  • Speculative Topologies of Art-design Practices
  • Architecture Pedagogy and Policy
  • Design Business Innovation
  • Fashion and Textiles
  • Jewellery
  • Landscape perception and wellbeing
  • Typography
  • Visual Communication
  • Zero Carbon Design

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • To apply for our Art and Design PhD research degree you should have, or expect to be awarded, a Masters degree in a relevant subject area from a British or overseas university.
  • Exceptional candidates without a Masters degree, but holding a first class Bachelors degree in a relevant subject area, may be considered.
  • We also welcome enquiries from potential PhD researchers without formal academic qualifications but with appropriate levels of professional experience.
  • If you intend to take a practice-led research approach to your PhD study, then you will expected to show your portfolio as part of the application process, normally at the formal interview stage.

Tuition Fee

  • To be confirmed.

Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 1140 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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