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Swansea College of Art – Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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The Doctor of Philosophy degree is an internationally recognised qualification which affords students the opportunity to investigate a topic relevant to the Faculty’s areas of expertise under the supervision of a team of qualified academic staff.

The criterion which distinguishes the doctorate from other research degrees such as the MPhil is that the doctorate must produce an original contribution to knowledge in the field whereas an MPhil may consider and comment on existing knowledge.


Learn more about the application process by visiting How to apply for Research Study.

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Home: £6,000
Overseas: £15,000

At Swansea College of Art, we offer a wide range of M.Phil./PhD study across the wide fields of Art and Design.
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We have an extensive list of academics holding doctorates and associated expertise that are able to supervise students engaged in research degree level work across all the major disciplines associated with a first class art school.

We are engaged in innovative pedagogy and research projects at the leading edge of knowledge across the arts and in design across the four schools that comprise Swansea College of Art:

  • Design and Applied Arts
  • Film and Digital Media
  • Fine Art and Photography
  • Visual Communication

We offer opportunity for would be researchers to join our teams in professional surroundings and develop exciting new fields of exploration across cultural disciplines.

We offer research degrees in both part-time and full-time mode and aim to attract a range of people from early career researchers across art and design to mid career teachers in need of inspiration and the chance to renew perspectives.

We also welcome late career researchers who finally have the time to pursue that great idea they had. If you would like to hear more about the exciting opportunities available through our research degrees programme please contact us to book an appointment.

What you will learn

Course Overview

Prospective candidates submit a proposal for a research project.

Following approval, you are allocated a supervision team of two or three appropriate members of staff led by a Director of Studies. With this team you embark on an extended investigation into your topic, producing a written thesis.

There is also an option of practice-based research, which results in a shorter written thesis together with a substantial body of practical work. All research students have the opportunity to take part in research training events, and the University’s Summer School.

The Faculty’s areas of expertise include all aspects of the visual arts, design, photography, film and media. PhD work will often lead to publication and may lead to a career in academia.


The PhD is assessed by the submission of a written thesis together with a body of practical work where appropriate, which is scrutinised through an oral examination, or viva, by two examiners, one external to the University.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

The benchmark entry requirement is a 2:1 or higher undergraduate degree. Mature students may apply with their portfolio and/or previous academic/industrial career taken into account.

There is also a procedure for the recognition of prior learning. International students will also have to prove proficiency in the English language to the required IELTS level 6.5.


In addition to our University Accommodation at Llys Glas, Swansea also benefits from a number of private student halls, all within a short walk, including:

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Further Information

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions related to the University or to this course in particular.