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We welcome postgraduate research (PGR) degree proposals in the areas of art, design, architecture, media and performance, leading to MPhil or PhD qualifications. The format of study for a research degree (MPhil/PhD) is very different from a taught degree, as is the way you apply.

How to apply

Applicants are invited to contact the research office on or +441202 363334 for an initial discussion about their MPhil/PhD topic.

Alternatively, you can make an initial expression of interest by email including a brief outline of no more than 1,000 words explaining your area of interest, the reason for study and your relevant academic/professional background. This will enable us to make an initial assessment of whether your topic and experience are appropriate for research degree study with us before you make a formal application.

We can only accept candidates with projects which are aligned to our staff expertise. If you have any queries about the course, please contact one of the course tutors: Dr Emma Shercliff or Dr Willem de Bruijn.

Full-time and part-time applications should be made direct to AUB through our online application system.

Although we welcome applications for study towards a research degree throughout the year, we have one point of entry at the start of each academic year.

Selected applicants will be invited to attend a formal interview to discuss their proposal.

Entry Requirements

You'll normally be expected to have a Masters Level qualification in an appropriate subject to be considered for registration for MPhil / PhD at AUB.

In some instances, applicants without this requirement may be considered if they can demonstrate appropriate alternative qualifications, professional experience or previous research and an understanding of research methodologies appropriate to their proposed programme of study.

Those for whom English is not the first language will have to pass an International Language Test (IELTS) scoring at least 7.0+ (with a 7.0 in writing).

Applicants should be aware that meeting our minimum entry requirements does not guarantee entry. This is only one of the factors taken into account when we make our decision.

Many other factors are also important, such as the availability of suitable supervisors and resources; suitability for research degree study at AUB; relevant experience; and references.

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If you’ve found a short course that you’d like to study, you can find out how to apply here