Fine Art MPhil; PhD

MPhil: minimum 12 months full time; minimum 24 months part time
PhD: minimum 36 months full time; minimum 72 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £4,320 part time £2,160
International: full time £11,380 part time fees
More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Research Areas

MPhil/PhD supervision is normally available across practice-based and theoretical research in fine art and art history. Research covers an impressive range of practices within fine art, including:

  • drawing, painting,
  • sculpture, public art,
  • printmaking,
  • digital media, video and installation,
  • as well as theoretical and historical research in art history and public art.

Staff available for supervision include: Ms Lise Autogena, Mr Neil Bromwich, Ms Irene Brown, Professor Andrew Burton, Mr David Butler, Ms Katie Cuddon, Mr Nick Fox, Mr Richard Grayson, Ms Nadia Hebson, Ms Catrin Huber, Mr Christopher Jones, Miss Uta Kogelsberger, Dr Venda Pollock, Mr Gavin Robson, Professor Frances Spalding, Mr Richard Talbot, Mr Alan Turnbull, Professor Wolfgang Weileder and Dr Rachel Wells.

Applications are welcomed in any subject area of Fine Art in which we are able to offer supervision by appropriate staff.

We are particularly interested in attracting research students who can benefit from not only the specific research and practice expertise of individual members of staff within fine art, but also from the extraordinary range of resources and opportunities for interdisciplinary and collaborative research available across the University as a whole.

For more information about staff specialisms, visit the School of Arts and Cultures.

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

Your project may be practice-led, historical or theoretical, and will be supported by expert supervision in the context of our strong practice-based, art-historical and cross-disciplinary research activities.

We encourage you to exhibit your work in appropriate venues and attend and make presentations at our regular postgraduate seminars, which aim to enhance research skills and encourage intellectual and practical exchange between academic staff, our visiting artists and students.

Our Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School also provides expert training in professional/key skills, research techniques and supports personal development.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree and preferably a merit master's degree, or an international equivalent.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

You are strongly advised to make informal contact with us to discuss your proposed research before making an application. Applications are considered throughout the year, although specific deadlines relating to funding may apply.

You must include a clear and concise research proposal, following the guidelines on the School of Arts and Cultures website.

Applications for practice-based research programmes should also include visual documentation of your work.

Further application advice is available from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

There are two possible start dates for your research degree:

  •  6 January 2014
  • 22 September 2014

However, these dates are not mandatory and in some circumstances permission can be granted for alternative start dates.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:

Nigel Villalard
School of Arts and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6047

Information about careers for Fine Art students is available.

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Fine Art.