Discover creative research degrees at the University for the Creative Arts

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Discover creative research degrees at the University for the Creative Arts

Studying a creative research degree at UCA means joining a vibrant and progressive top-ten research community, with a wealth of specialist resources for creative research and practice.

Located close to our Canterbury campus at Rochester House, UCA Doctoral College is our new home for creative PhD study. Acting as a base for students, academic and support staff, UCA Doctoral College offers a distinctive model of excellence and leadership in contemporary arts doctoral studies provision. It is focused on practice-based research projects, supervised across all our schools, rooted in intellectually rigorous preparation, topical critical and creative themes, and key research skills.

Creative research areas at UCA include:

  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Business for the Creative Industries
  • Crafts
  • Fashion
  • Film
  • Media and Performing Arts
  • Fine Art and Photography
  • Music
  • Video Games
  • Visual Communications and Design

As the top creative specialist institution for world-leading research outputs in Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF 2021), joining UCA for your creative PhD will give you an unparalleled opportunity to delve deep into an area of research within your personal ambitions and aspirations. In our imaginative, supportive research community, you’ll design your own studies, explore your chosen field, make academic connections, and develop unique and impressive doctoral work.

Funding opportunities

Vice Chancellor PhD Studentships are available for exceptional Home, EU or International candidates looking to pursue practice-based or thesis-only research projects. The package includes a fee waiver for three years’ full-time study, and a stipend of £15,285 each year for three years. There is no separate application process for this – funding will be awarded after interview, with the decision based on the quality of your application.

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