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Norwich University of the Arts' Research Degrees (PhD/MPhil)


About the Programme

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is one of the UK’s leading specialist arts, architecture, design, media universities, located in the centre of the historic and thriving city of Norwich. Students join a creative community at a university renowned for outstanding research, teaching quality, industry-standard facilities, and high student satisfaction.

We welcome proposals for practice-based and/or written research degree study across a spectrum of subjects in art, design, architecture, media and performance. A practice-based research degree will include an element of your own creative work, for example, fine art practice, film, design, performance, curation. A written research degree will conventionally be focused on an area of cultural history and theory.

Research degrees at NUA are offered in partnership with University of the Arts London to ensure creative arts-specific research training and an extensive network of research degree students.

Our research degrees are supported by subject specialist and experienced supervisors, as well as research training held online as well as in Norwich and London. As a research student at NUA you will be integrated into staff research groups, attend research seminars, symposia, conferences and a year-round programme of exhibitions. You will also be able to apply for University funding to support your research and research training.

Examples of Supervisors and their subject specialisms:

Professor Larra Anderson: Film; Film Production

Dr Experience Bryon: Performance Practice and Theory

Professor Hilary Carlisle: Textile Design; Design Education

Professor Krzysztof Filjalkowski: History and Theory of Surrealism

Professor Alison Goodrum: Fashion History and Theory

Professor Suzie Hanna: Animation Practice; Animation Education

Dr Sarah Horton: Fine Art Practice; Art and Design Education

Professor Raymond Quek: Architectural Practice and History

Dr Mark Wilsher: Fine Art Practice; Art and Design Education

Professor Simon Willmoth: Fine Art History, Practice and Theory

How to make an application

The typical minimum entry requirement is an Upper Second-Class honours degree in a relevant discipline. A Masters qualification is considered particularly valuable preparation for research degree level study. However, we also consider the value of appropriate professional experience, the quality of the proposal and the availability of suitable supervisors and technical resources in determining offers of places to study on the research degree programme.

Further information on how to apply for a research degree at NUA:



Funding Notes

NUA is able to offer fees-only bursaries for a selected number of successful applicants each year. Find out more information on the NUA website.

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