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8829F - Fine Art MPhil, PhD

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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We offer supervision in a wide range of contemporary art practices, in fine art, digital cultures and art history.

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

  • painting
  • sculpture
  • digital cultures
  • digital and time-based art
  • drawing
  • performance
  • photography
  • printmaking
  • installation
  • video

We're strongly committed to supporting your work through practice-led research. You'll be encouraged to take advantage of the specific research and practice expertise of our fine art staff. Ensure your research proposal is compatible with our expertise by reviewing our academic staff research interests.

Newcastle is one of the best cities in the UK in which to study contemporary visual art. Its diverse and lively arts scene goes hand-in-hand with our long and distinguished history in the research, practice and teaching of fine art.

You'll be part of the School of Arts and Cultures. You'll have the opportunity to engage and collaborate with a broad range of theorists and practitioners from disciplines including:

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

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


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Qualifications explained

Find out about the different qualification options for this course.

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 HaSS research training 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


We provide well-resourced workshops and student studios. This includes:

  • open-plan first-year studios designed for project work
  • purpose-built painting, sculpture, printmaking and digital media studios, all with full technical support

Our facilities also include designated gallery spaces, seminar rooms, and a large lecture theatre.

Find out more about our fine art facilities

We are based in the same building as the Hatton Gallery. This is one of the largest exhibition spaces in North East England and 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.

All students have the use of the award-winning Philip Robinson Library. You'll have access to computer clusters around the University.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2022 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

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

Find out more about:

  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

Search for funding

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

How to apply

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You can choose to start your application, save your details and come back to complete it later.

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Open days and events

You'll have a number of opportunities to meet us throughout the year including:

  • campus tours
  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

Find out about how you can visit Newcastle in person and virtually

Overseas events

We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.

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Get in touch

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
Email: or


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