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PhD Opportunities in Art, Media Arts and Design


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 Monday, May 09, 2022
 Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

About the Programme

Applications are invited for Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD scholarships in all aspects of art, design and media arts practice research, commencing 1st October 2022.

About the PhD programme

Research in the Art, Design and Media Research Centre (ADMRC) is ranked in the top two modern universities and eighth among all UK universities, with 81% rated as internationally excellent and 42% world leading in REF2014. We employ critical and imaginative art, media and design strategies to investigate and problematise social and cultural norms, generating research that is outward-looking influential and frequently interdisciplinary.

We encourage you to look at the range of staff expertise at: https://www.shu.ac.uk/art-design-media-research-centre/people and at our Impact blog: https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/c3riimpact/

We are particularly interested to receive applications that relate to our three overarching research groups, see: https://www.shu.ac.uk/art-design-media-research-centre/groups :

Social, Cultural and Philosophical Narratives

  • Exploring archives to contest official histories, reveal the suppressed and illuminate social challenges, see: https://www.shu.ac.uk/art-design-media-research-centre/groups/repositioning-of-archives
  • Examining threat, crisis, conflict, risk and empathy. https://www.shu.ac.uk/art-design-media-research-centre/groups/empathy-and-risk
  • Exploring global contexts, challenging representation and influencing policy development
  • Gendered experience

Creative Practices in Health and Wellbeing https://www.shu.ac.uk/art-design-media-research-centre/groups/lab4living

  • Design for the One Hundred Year Life
  • The Future Home

Physical and Digital Making (Theory and Practice)

  • Net-zero sustainability
  • Frugal making https://www.shu.ac.uk/art-design-media-research-centre/groups/frugal-making
  • Digital materiality https://www.shu.ac.uk/art-design-media-research-centre/groups/digital-materiality-lab
  • Future of design education
  • International collaboration for sustainable development


PhD Study in Art, Design & Media Practice at SHU

You will join a vibrant PhD programme with excellent student satisfaction scores in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey. Our research study environment draws together an art school emphasis on practice, studio models of self-organising, interdisciplinary and University-level training, and innovative postgraduate research conferences on the topics of research METHOD and research IMPACT. You can read more about our community and some of our PhD projects here: https://www.shu.ac.uk/art-design-media-research-centre/phd


Graduate Teaching Assistantships

GTA scholarships provide an opportunity to combine PhD study with professional development to gain practical experience in learning, teaching and assessment. You will be able to work towards Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and as part of your training will be expected to support teaching related activities in the Art and Design Department or the Department of Media Arts & Communication up to a maximum of 180 hours per academic year. For more information about GTA scholarships please visit Sheffield Hallam University PhD scholarships


Scholarships are available for 3.5 years (full-time) or 6 years (part-time) and include:

• University tuition fees at Home rate of £4590 (full-time study) or £2295 (part-time study).  International students are required to self-fund the difference between Home and International fees - for 2022/23, EU/International fees are £14,895 per year (Full-time)

• An annual tax-free maintenance bursary at UKRI minimum rate: £16062 per annum for 2022/23 full-time study or £8031 per annum for part-time study. The stipend is paid to you on a monthly basis.

For more information visit: Tuition fees for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals

How to apply

We strongly recommend that you contact a prospective supervisor to discuss your research ideas before applying. Potential supervisors can be identified through the department and research centre websites linked above or by contacting the Postgraduate Research Tutor for advice. You need to submit a research proposal with your application outlining the central questions, current knowledge on your topic and context for the enquiry and supply a CV including exhibitions/presentations and online links to practice documentation.

Where English is not your first language you need to submit evidence of English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent).  

Sheffield Hallam welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, pregnancy and maternity, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.

  • For academic enquiries or advice please contact: Dr Becky Shaw, Postgraduate Research Tutor for Art, Media Arts and Design b.shaw@shu.ac.uk
  • For more information about how to apply and an application form please visit https://www.shu.ac.uk/research/degrees/apply
  • For general enquires please contact the Cultural & Creativity Research Institute Postgraduate Research Team culture-creativity-admissions@shu.ac.uk

Submit your application to culture-creativity-admissions@shu.ac.uk. Closing date for applications is 12:00 Noon on 9th May 2022.


Selection process

Interviews will take place week commencing 27 June 2022 by videoconference. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to deliver a 10-minute presentation on their research proposal followed by an interview. 

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.
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