During the taught part (Part 1, Year 1) of the programme, a student studies six modules.
All modules are worth 30 credits (180 credits in total) and are assessed through coursework assignments.
Part 2 of the programme (worth 360 credits) is a period of supervised advanced research (Years 2 and 3) leading to the submission of a research portfolio, including a research dissertation of 60,000 words, at the end of Year 3.
Approaches to Art and Design Research and Academic Communication
Art and Design Practitioner Research Proposal
Qualitative Research Methods
Review of Professional Learning
Art and Design Work-based Learning
Work-based Research Project
All modules are assessed through a variety of coursework assignments which may include essays, presentations, textual analysis and exercises, book reviews, case studies and other assignments.
The normal minimum entry requirement for applicants for the degree of Professional Doctorate is:
An upper second class honours degree or A Master’s degree, relevant to the proposed programme - (awarded by a UK or other recognised University or higher education institution or by the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA)).
At least two years of recent and relevant work experience are desirable. Every application will be assessed on its own merits.
International Students: English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) Equivalency
Minimum overall score of 6.0 with no component part lower than 5.5 in Reading and Writing, and no lower than 5.5 in Listening or Speaking.
Graduates of this programme have a wide range of career opportunities, including:
Lecturer in Higher Education
Art, design and research roles within both industry and academia.
The University’s Careers Service provides specialist support to enhance students’ career and employment opportunities during the course and after graduation.
Our students have access to a diverse range of equipment and resources which in most cases are sufficient to complete their programme of study. We provide the basic materials necessary for students to develop their practical work within our extensive workshop and studio facilities.
However, it is likely that art and design students will incur some additional costs to extend their investigation of their personal practice. For example, purchasing their own specialised materials and equipment, joining in optional study trips, and printing.
Students are expected to bring their own personal art and design equipment with them when they commence the course. We can advise on the correct equipment needed for your programme of studies and signpost appropriate suppliers if you wish to purchase essential items before or during your studies.
A basic ‘art and design kit’ will cost approximately £100 but you may well already have much of the equipment required so check with us first. Also, although we have extensive dedicated digital design studios (PC and MAC) for you to undertake your coursework you may wish to bring your own digital devices, again check with us first before making a purchase.
Bursary / Scholarship Information
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursariessection
Please get in touch with us if you have any questions related to the University or to this course in particular.