Research Programmes in Museum, Gallery & Heritage Studies

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy): 3/4 years full-time; circa 7 years part-time; combined candidature options
MPhil (Master of Philosophy): 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

ICCHS research students in the ICOMOS conference in Quebec, 2008Doing an MPhil or a PhD is an excellent way of developing your research interests, skills and knowledge. If you have a strongly-defined idea for a research project and you want to be given the freedom to pursue that idea in your studies, then a research degree is something you should consider.

Studying for a research degree with the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies offers you the opportunity to be part of a leading, interdisciplinary and international community of scholars who specialise in research into museums, galleries, and heritage.

We welcome research applications across a wide range of topics with regional, national and international scope. We are particularly keen to support topics that address the Centre’s key
research themes:

  • Cultural Politics and Policy
  • Identity, Community and Place
  • Representation and Media

In the staff profiles you will find information about the supervisory interests of the academics in the Centre. In the research student profiles you will find brief descriptions of current research student topics in the Centre.

What does it involve?

Research students follow a structured course of self-directed study with support from a supervisory team of at least two academics from the Centre. Academics from other Newcastle University units may join the team if the topic requires it. Research study and empirical fieldwork leads to the submission of a written thesis (up to 100,000 words for PhD candidates; up to 50,000 words for MPhil candidates), which should make an original contribution to knowledge. The progress of your study is monitored through annual progress reviews.

During your study, you are expected to take advantage of the Research Training Programme offered by HASS Faculty as well as other training opportunities such as summer and winder schools organised by the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership. ICCHS organises an annual research student conference and a regular research seminar series that offer the opportunity to research students to present their work and network with a diverse community of researchers and practitioners. You are also encouraged to participate in the intellectual and social life of the School of Arts and Cultures and the University.

Are you interested in applying?

Information about entrance requirements, tuition fees and funding opportunities for these programmes is available on our How to Apply section.