Postgraduate taught

Our postgraduate taught degrees at the School of Arts and Cultures will allow you to extend and build on your subject knowledge beyond an undergraduate level, while helping you specialise further in your field of academic study. The taught courses, along with the expert guidance of our academics, will help to nurture your practical, professional and intellectual skills no matter what your chosen discipline. 

Our Master's courses typically last 12 months if studied full time and 24 months if taken on a part-time basis, however our Fine Art MFA course is a full-time two-year degree. Completing one of our postgraduate taught degrees at Newcastle will lead to Master's certification, although some of our Media, Culture, Heritage courses have the option for postgraduate diploma, and Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies has the option of an MPrac.

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Postgraduate research

The School of Arts and Cultures has a vibrant community of approximately 110 postgraduate researchers. We provide a stimulating research environment for discipline-based and cross-disciplinary postgraduate research projects, and welcome applicants keen to pursue interdisciplinary and international research.

Our postgraduate researchers have the choice to pursue either a solely text-based or a creative arts practice-based programme of research. Typically a PhD-by-thesis leads to the submission of a text-based thesis of approximately 80,000-100,000 words. The PhD-by-creative arts practice varies from project to project: the final submission is a combination of a creative arts practice outputs and a written piece of work that contextualises the creative practice.

We offer opportunities for postgraduate research at Master’s (MLitt, MPhil, MMus) and Doctoral level (PhD). Typically our Master’s level research programmes last 12 months (full-time study) or 24 months (part-time study), while our Doctoral-level research programmes last up to 4 years (full-time study) and up to 7 years (part-time study).

All our research programmes are primarily delivered in our Newcastle city centre campus, however if appropriate and agreed, our PhD and MPhil programmes can be delivered through remote supervision with supporting visits to Newcastle.

As a postgraduate researcher you will work closely with your supervisory team of at least two research-active academic staff, and will be supported by an innovative Research Training Programme offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. You will also have many opportunities to meet with your peers and academic staff from across the School in research seminars, training sessions and events.


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