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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    City Centre Campuses

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    FEB-21

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

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. You will study in an excellent 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. The wider research community in Art and Design will also support you and you will have regular opportunities to attend research seminars, conferences and symposia. Our 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.

You will be encouraged to organize your research as a programme of professional and academic development tailored to your individual interests and career aspirations. For example, you can strengthen your PhD research and personal/professional development by participating in wider international research communities and conferences, and by helping to teach degree modules to undergraduate students. On successful completion of your PhD research degree you will have either contributed new knowledge or extended existing theory and understanding of an area of interest and significance within the fields of art, design and the creative industries. Students can study this research course at various campuses as City Centre, Parkside Building, Margaret Street or Vittoria Street depending on subject of study.

The Doctor of Philosophy or PhD is recognised worldwide and is often an essential requirement for those wishing to follow an academic or research career in the fields of art, design and the creative industries. Our Art and Design PhD research degree will help you create opportunities to develop research skills that support your professional practice. We recognise that in our fields academic work is often combined with professional creative practice in portfolio careers.

The PhD graduates often continue their research through post-doctoral fellowships and academic posts. Our graduates have also gone on to successful professional careers in a diverse range of fields and role including as artists, designers, architects, consultants, curators, writers and managers.

Opportunity: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market. It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Tuition fees

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£ 12,800per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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Birmingham City University

  • University League Table

    84th

  • Campus address

    Birmingham City University, University House, 15 Bartholomew Row, Birmingham, Birmingham, B5 5JU, England

One of only four UK universities offering a Master's in International Human Resource Management which is also fully CIPD-accredited.
ACCA programmes are taught in a Platinum status centre, showing that the university meets ACCA performance targets for course tuition and support.
Many master's courses now offer international students six-month professional placements towards the end of their studies.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    52nd out of 86 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    131 58%

    41st

    12
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    59 59%

    60th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.08 82%

    43rd

    15

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