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Fine Art MPhil, PhD

The internationally significant research profile of our staff and our excellent facilities provide a stimulating environment for practical or theoretical research.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024
  • January 2025
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Our Fine Art/Art History research degrees at Newcastle involve:

  • studio-based practice and research in Fine Art,


  • research in Art History.

You'll engage in independent practice and research, with research support from our academic supervisor team. This team can also include academic supervisors from other areas of the university when appropriate.

To complete a practice-led based PhD, you'll produce a body of creative practice, together with a written text between 20,000 and 40,000 words.

A solely text-based Fine Art or Art History PhD would entail a thesis of between 80,000 - 100,000 words.

Both forms of the PhD should show evidence of originality and be suitable for publication.

All our staff are practicing artists and art historians. We offer supervision in a wide range of contemporary art practices:

  • fine art
  • digital cultures
  • art history

As a PhD student you'll also be allocated office or studio space.

We'll support you to produce work and research that makes an important contribution to your field of practice, including:

  • painting
  • sculpture
  • digital, sound and time-based art
  • drawing
  • performance
  • photography
  • printmaking
  • installation
  • film/moving image/video
  • art writing
  • art history

We encourage you to take advantage of the research and practice expertise of our fine art staff. Please ensure your research proposal is compatible with our expertise by reviewing our academic staff research interests


At the School of Arts and Cultures you can collaborate with theorists and practitioners from disciplines including:

  • music
  • digital media
  • museum and heritage studies
  • media and cultural studies
  • film practice

You'll benefit from the resources and opportunities available through the Institute for Creative Arts Practice. You'll also have access to the expertise within Culture Lab. This is a multi-user digital media facility that supports interdisciplinary research at the interface of art, digital cultures, computing, humanities and science.


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How you'll learn

Your development

You'll be encouraged to attend and make presentations at our regular fine art postgraduate seminars. These sessions aim to enhance research skills and encourage intellectual and practical exchange between you and our academic staff and visiting artists. You can also engage with research across the University to increase your awareness of cross-disciplinary potential and impact potential of your own research.

Fine art staff will encourage and support you to present at national and international conferences. You'll also be able to maintain and develop your professional career through exhibiting, networking and other activities.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) researcher development programme 

Each faculty offers a researcher development programme for its postgraduate research students. We have designed your programme to help you:

  • perform better as a researcher
  • boost your career prospects
  • broaden your impact

Through workshops and activities, it will build your transferable skills and increase your confidence.

You’ll cover:

  • techniques for effective research
  • methods for better collaborative working
  • essential professional standards and requirements

Your researcher development programme is flexible. You can adapt it to meet your changing needs as you progress through your doctorate.

Find out more about the Researcher Education and Development programme

Doctoral training and partnerships

There are opportunities to undertake your PhD at Newcastle within a:

  • Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)
  • Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

Being part of a CDT or DTP has many benefits:

  • they combine research expertise and training of a number of leading universities, academic schools and academics.
  • you’ll study alongside a cohort of other PhD students
  • they’re often interdisciplinary
  • your PhD may be funded

Find out more about doctoral training and partnerships

If there are currently opportunities available in your subject area you’ll find them when you search for funding in the fees and funding section on this course.

The following centres/partnerships below may have PhD opportunities available in your subject area in the future:

Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


School of Arts and Cultures

Our School is in the top five of all UK art schools. We're concerned with the education and training of artists, together with the associated discourses around the practice, exhibition, history and theory of art.

We're home to a wide variety of courses from music, media and cultural studies, digital media, and museum, gallery and heritage studies. We can offer you exciting possibilities for:

  • collaboration
  • interdisciplinary practice
  • research

Learn more about the facilities available to you

Based in the heart of the city centre campus, the  is consistently rated in the top five of all UK art schools.

We're specifically concerned with the education and training of artists, together with the associated discourses around the practice, exhibition, history and theory of art.

We're part of the School of Arts and Cultures, which is home to a wide variety of courses including:

  • music
  • media and cultural studies
  • museum, gallery and heritage studies
  • film

There is the potential for interdisciplinary practice, research and engagement within the School of Arts and Cultures, and through university centres such as:

We provide dedicated and well-resourced workshops (all with full technical support) and student studios. We offer:

  • purpose-built painting, sculpture, printmaking and digital media studios
  • 24/7 access to the studios
  • Wood, Metal, Casting, Digital, and Ceramics workshops

Our facilities also include:

  • designated gallery and project spaces
  • seminar rooms
  • large lecture theatre

All students have the use of the award-winning Peter Robinson Library and computer clusters around the University.

We're based in the same building as the Hatton Gallery. This is one of the largest exhibition spaces in North East England. It accommodates both student shows and large touring exhibitions. The Hatton's permanent collection consists of works of art from five centuries and includes the Elterwater Merzbarn construction by Kurt Schwitters.

Find out more about our facilities

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course

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Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Dr Ed Juler
Lecturer in Art History
School of Arts and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7377
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