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PhD opportunities in Architecture; Art, Design and Performance; Film, Media and Communication; Creative Technologies


  Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries


About the Programme

The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries enjoys outstanding success and partnership through its research and innovation activities. Through these activities, our staff and students make the creative arts, media and technologies relevant to the modern world and use creativity to address the challenges of social democracy and inclusion, health and wellbeing, and sustainability and the environment.

In collaboration with industry and through our links with leading businesses and cultural organisations, we're turning our insights into innovative and sustainable solutions to some of society's most-pressing issues.

We value PhD proposals that are aligned with one or more of the specialist areas of expertise within the four schools of the faculty. Further details can be found by following the links below each school:

School of Architecture (contact Dr Tarek Teba: )

Architecture, Interiors and Urbanism

School of Art, Design and Performance (contact Dr Elaine Igoe: or )

Art and Design: History, Theory and Practice

Performance, Theatre and Music

School of Creative Technologies (contact Dr Brett Stevens: )

Digital and Creative Technologies

School of Film, Media and Communications (contact Dr Stephen Harper: )

Film and Media Studies

Journalism, Communication and Creative Writing

Our research groups

Much of our exceptional research takes place within the following cross-disciplinary research groups – find out more below:

  • Advanced Games Research Group
  • Architectural and Urban History and Theory Research Group
  • Cluster for Sustainable Cities
  • Computational and Analogue theory and practices in Architecture: Intersections
  • Creative Writing team
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Music Technology Research Group
  • Spatial and Performative Practices
  • Visual Computing Research Group

Tops tips for applying for a research degree

  • Have you got a project in mind? Explore our research subject areas above to check if we are active in the field you are interested in.
  • Find a potential supervisor and get in touch to discuss your idea. 
  • Make a head start on your proposal. It pays off to work on your proposal before submitting your application. Most supervisors are happy to work with you and offer advice on how your proposal can be improved. 

And if you haven't quite refined your own research idea, you can explore our PhD projects. These are pre-defined projects where a supervisory team is in place already. 

We offer three intakes a year (October, February and April) for our standard PhD programmes as well as opportunities for flexible or distance-learning study. 

There are various models for PhD research that we can support including PhD by practice projects. We welcome a range of research methods and we are especially keen to support interdisciplinary projects that involve more than one of the specialist research areas in the faculty.

Explore your options and get in touch with supervisors


Funding Notes

The PhD opportunities on this programme do not have funding attached. You will need to have your own means of paying fees and living costs and / or seek separate funding from student finance, charities or trusts.

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