Postgraduate Research in Fine Art and Art History

Fine Art at Newcastle supports a wide range of both theoretical and studio-based practice and research in Fine Art, Digital Cultures and Art History and welcomes proposals from prospective students who wish to undertake a PhD with us. 

Staff at Newcastle engage with innovative research in contemporary art practice and Art History. This includes digital cultures, digital and time-based art, sound, performance, collaborative and interdisciplinary practices, and critical engagements with approaches to curating contemporary art. The department is strongly committed to supporting artists' individual practices through practice-led research. 

We are particularly interested in attracting research proposals from students who will benefit from the specific research expertise of individual members of staff within Fine Art and Art History.  Research students can also benefit from the resources and training available through, for example, the Institute for Creative Arts Practice, and the expertise of Culture Lab, a multi-user digital media facility that supports interdisciplinary research at the interface of art, digital cultures, humanities and science.

In addition, we also welcome proposals that would benefit from the extraordinary range of resources, supervision and interdisciplinary research opportunities that are available across the School of Arts and Cultures and the university as a whole. As part of the Northern Bridge Consortium, this potential extends to supervisors from our partner institutions: Durham, Teesside, Northumbria, Ulster, Queen's Belfast and Sunderland Universities.

For both the MPhil and the PhD, students may propose a research project that is practice-based or a research project that is solely research and text-based.

The MPhil is a research degree requiring a year of study full-time or two years part-time. The project for the MPhil can be practice-led or theoretical, and the final submission can be a text (a thesis of not more than 40,000 words) or a combination (50/50) of studio practice and text.

A practice-led PhD would require three years of full-time study (or six years part-time) and the final submission for the PhD would be a combination of an exhibition of creative work made over the period of study/research and an accompanying written text. The written part of the submission would typically be 30,000 words, which constitutes approximately 30% of the degree.

A text-based PhD would require three years of study (or six years part-time) and the final submission would typically be a thesis of 80,000 words.

PhD students should normally have completed a master’s level course prior to their PhD. This requirement, in exceptional cases, may be wavered if it can be demonstrated that the student has equivalent research and other skills.

Having time to reflect upon my work in new ways, while engaging in conversation with colleagues across the University's disciplines, has been incredibly rewarding.

Alexia - Fine Art MPhil, PhD