Find out what you need to do to apply for one of our postgraduate courses.
For all our our MFA, MPhil or PhD courses, you need to apply online.
What you need to include for all applications
For all our courses you need to write:
- a statement about your studio work
- your reasons for wanting to study at postgraduate level
- your reasons for applying to Newcastle
You need to send 20-30 images of your studio work.
These may be in the form of:
- a CD/DVD containing images or video
- USB stick
The images should be of recent work, but you can also include past work that you feel is pertinent to the application, or reveals particular development.
Receiving an offerReceiving an offer
Following the interview, offers of places are made to suitably qualified candidates. Those who have yet to complete a first degree must do so before a final offer can be made.
All offers are conditional on receiving satisfactory references and proof of academic qualifications.
English language requirementsEnglish language requirements
If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of a satisfactory command of English.
This is preferably an IELTS score of 6.5 or greater, TOEFL 575 (paper-based) or 233 (computer-based), or equivalent.
Recognition of prior learningRecognition of prior learning
This is information about how to apply for the Master in Fine Art (MFA) degree. Information about applying for a MPhil or PhD is on the next tab.
Read information about how to apply for a MPhil or PhD.
Apply for the MFA degree
We welcome applications from UK and international students. Applicants not based in the UK are not required to attend an interview. However, we may conduct an interview via Skype.
Detailed information about how to apply can be found here.
For all applicants, applications should be submitted to us by May 31.
Late applications will be considered on an individual basis and if places are still available.
To discuss the course, please contact the MFA Programme Director, Irene Brown.
The interviewThe interview
On the basis of your application, we invite selected candidates for interview and to visit the department.
We may ask you to bring original examples of recent work with you. Audio visual and computer equipment will also be available for slide and video presentation if required.
At the interview you will meet with studio staff from Fine Art and be asked to introduce your work. You will have the opportunity to discuss your plans for postgraduate study on the MFA and to ask questions of us.
Before or after the interview you will have the opportunity to tour the Fine Art building and to meet with students from both the postgraduate and undergraduate courses.
Entry qualificationsEntry qualifications
Candidates should normally hold a good undergraduate degree (2:1 Honours or higher) or equivalent. You will also need to submit a portfolio in support of your application.
Applicants who hold non-standard qualifications, and/or have relevant experience, will be considered on an individual basis. Please contact Irene Brown, MFA Degree Programme Director.
This is information about how to apply for a MPhil or PhD. Information about applying for the Master in Fine Art (MFA) degree is on the previous tab.
Read information about how to apply for a MFA.
Apply for a MPhil or PhD
You have to submit a research proposal as part of your application. We strongly advise you to contact us before you apply to discuss your project.
It is essential to bear in mind our staff's research interests when deciding to apply for research degrees with us.
We particularly welcome applications from international students. Applicants not based in the UK are not required to attend an interview. However, we may conduct an interview via Skype.
Application for MPhil and PhD degrees can be made at any time. Studies normally start in September.
If you are a UK or an EU student and intend to apply to us for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding, read the information on our funding page about when to apply.
To discuss any aspect of your application, please contact the Director of Postgraduate Studies, Dr Ed Juler.
Entry qualificationsEntry qualifications
For entry to the MPhil you need at least an upper-second-class Honours degree, or an international equivalent.
For entry to the PhD you need at least an upper-second-class Honours degree, or an international equivalent, plus a Master’s level degree or international equivalent.
If you wish to study for a PhD but do not already have a master's degree, you should discuss your application with the Head of Postgraduate Studies, Dr Ed Juler.
Applicants with other qualifications and experience will be considered on an individual basis.
Research proposalResearch proposal
The proposal needs to be well-argued, well-written and clear. It should be 1,000 - 1,500 words.
There is no strict template for the structure of the proposal. You should give at least:
- a provisional title
- an introduction to the research theme/idea
- an initial review of other practice-based work in this area (where appropriate)
- a well thought through 'research question' that the research will aim to answer, or a thematic to be explored
Explain what supervision and what resources are needed. Prove that you have research skills and subject knowledge needed to undertake the project.
We recommend that you also include the following details:
- the proposed methodology by which you'll achieve the research objectives and answer the research question
- clearly defined research aims and reasons why the research is important
- an initial structure (although this is likely to change as the research progresses)
- how your prior qualifications and/or professional experience equip you for doctoral study
- why your project is particularly suited to being investigated at Newcastle.