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Department of Arts (Advert Reference: RDF22/ADSS/ARTS)

  Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences

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 Friday, February 18, 2022
 Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

About the Programme

Contact for general queries relating to these funded studentships: Dr Kate Egan, email:

The Department of Arts at Northumbria University offers a rich research environment, including the cultivation of dialogues between critical/historical/theoretical/empirical and practice-based research, and partnerships with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Live Theatre, The National Trust, New Writing North, Star and Shadow Cinema, Tate and the V&A amongst many local and regional cultural organisations. We invite ambitious, cutting edge and methodologically innovative proposals for PhD study located within one or more of our research teams in Fine Art and Visual and Material Culture, Film and Media, and Theatre and Performance.

PhD proposals that lead to a written 80,000-word thesis or practice research portfolio with complementary writing (c. 40,000 words) are welcome. We are looking for PhD proposals that aim to push at the boundaries of disciplines, approaches and methods to create original ideas, histories, concepts and arguments. We provide expert supervision by internationally leading researchers, who run the following interdisciplinary research groups:

·     Cultural Negotiation of Science:

·     Curatorial and Collaborative Practices:

·     Moving Image, Popular Media and Culture:

·     Spaces of Appearance:

·     Visual and Material Cultures:

 We particularly welcome proposals in the following areas:

•                   Applied and socially engaged theatre (including in contexts of care, education, and young people)

•                   Art and Design History

•                   British Film and Television

•                   Climate justice and performance

•                   Cult Film and Television

•                   Cultural management

•                   Curatorial practices

•                   Digital cultures and performance

•                   Digital inequalities

•                   Disability and performance

•                   Film and media audiences and regulation

•                   Film Festivals

•                   Fine art

•                   Fine art performance

•                   Heritage and conservation

•                   Heritage and North East performance practices

•                   Horror Film and Television

•                   The intersections between narrative and documentary forms and modes

•                   Live art, performance installation, and fine art practices

•                   The materiality of the moving image

•                   Media and society

•                   Museum Studies

•                   Music in Film and Television

•                   Participatory and dialogic practice

•                   Performance theory (Stoicism, new materialism, critical theory)

•                   Performer training futures (ethics, techniques, contexts)

•                   Pornography and sexualities

•                   Scenography, costume and architecture

•                   Sport and the Media

•                   Sport, play and performance

•                   Theatre in times of crisis

•                   Trans, nonbinary and queer performance practices

•                   Urban living, city resilience and performance

These studentships are extremely popular and very competitive. We therefore recommend that you contact one of the following PGR Subject Leads in the Department of Arts as soon as possible (and significantly before the deadline for submission of your proposal), so that they can connect you with an appropriate supervisor: Dr Julie Crawshaw (Fine Art and Visual and Material Culture); Dr Rachel Hann (Theatre and Performance); or Dr Russ Hunter (Film and Media).

Eligibility and How to Apply:

Please note eligibility requirement:

  • Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
  • Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
  • Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere or if they have previously been awarded a PhD.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see:

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words, or that do not include the advert reference RDF22/ADSS/ARTS will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: 18 February 2022

Start Date: 1st October 2022

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff and students. We welcome applications from all members of the community.

Funding Notes

Each studentship supports a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2021/22 full-time study this is £15,609 per year) and full tuition fees. UK and international (including EU) candidates may apply. Studentships are available for applicants who wish to study on a part-time basis over 5 years (0.6 FTE, stipend £9,365 per year and full tuition fees) in combination with work or personal responsibilities. Please also read the full funding notes ( which include advice for international and part-time applicants.
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