Research in Art and Design MPhil/PhD

1. Overview

Gray’s research is supported through the IDEAS Research Institute and is focused around four main areas: Art in the Public Sphere; Cultures of Representation; Knowledge through Making and Design-Led Sustainability. Within the Research Institute, these are clustered under the umbrella theme of Creativity, Design and Innovation.

The research currently being undertaken is successfully positioning 'art' as a research paradigm that has a distinctive contribution to make in relation to the more established paradigms of research in science and technology and the social sciences.

The School's Research strategy aims to make a significant creative and critical contribution to the field of visual arts, design and media by undertaking interdisciplinary research that draws on the specific expertise of the School. This is maintained and enhanced through a commitment to research development and scholarly activity.

2. What you will study

The University can offer Art and Design research degrees in the following broad areas:

Art

  • Social and ecological art in the public sphere
  • Artistic leadership
  • Aesthetics and ethics of public art practice
  • Contemporary art in relation and its histories of representation and modes of distribution
  • Drawing within contemporary art practice
  • Theories of contemporary art practice, including feminism

Design

  • Communication design
  • Computer-mediated design practice, product design and sustainable design

Craft

  • New philosophies, processes, and products of making and manufacture with relevance to contemporary culture and society, in particular well-being
  • Investigation of digital technologies testing the boundaries of art/craft practice

Art & Design Education

  • Philosophy and practice of collaborative learning within gallery, community and interdisciplinary education
  • Practice-led research methods

3. Entry Requirements

Normal entry requirements are a first or upper-second class honours degree from a university in the United Kingdom or overseas, or a degree equivalent qualification, subject to the approval of Robert Gordon University.

Applicants holding qualifications other than those above shall be considered on their merits and in relation to the nature and scope of the proposed research programme. Applicants will normally register for an MPhil/PhD or MRes/PhD with transfer to PhD dependent on satisfactory progress. However, applicants who already possess a Masters degree which includes a significant research component could be registered directly for a PhD, subject to a satisfactory research proposal, and clear evidence of research expertise.

Any applicant whose first language or language of previous University-level instruction is not English must normally demonstrate competence in English. This should be a score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

4. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2017/2018

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £4,195 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,520 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £13,520 per academic year

Part-time

  • £8,112 per academic year

For Academic Year 2016/2017

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £4,052 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,435 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £13,130 per academic year

Part-time

  • £7,880 per academic year

For Academic Year 2015/2016

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,996 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,400 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,650 per academic year

Part-time

  • £7,590 per academic year

For Academic Year 2014/2015

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,900 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,340 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,250 per academic year

Part-time

  • £7,350 per academic year

For Academic Year 2013/2014

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,900 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,340 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £11,900 per academic year

Part-time

  • £7,140 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,828 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,297 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £3,828 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,297 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,585 per academic year

Part-time

  • £7,551 per academic year

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

  • £ 3,400 year full time
  • £ 2,040 year part time

International Students

  • £12,600 year full time
  • £7,560 per year part time

Disclaimer

Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

5. How to apply

All applications should be made via the University's application form for research students.

Completed application forms should be accompanied by:

  • Two academic references
  • A transcript or mark sheet for all graduate qualifications
  • A draft research proposal, or at least a short summary to indicate the potential area of research (Refer to Section 8 of the Application Form)
  • For applicants whose first language or language of university education is not English -Certificate of English language competency score of IELTS 6.5 in each of the four test components (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking). Students who can demonstrate successful completion of tertiary (university or college) studies in a country whose national language is English, may be exempted from this requirement

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MPhil/PhD

Start Date

September or January

Course Length

MPhil-Full-time-1 year; Part-time-21 months PhD-Full-time-3years; Part-time-42 months

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Academic School
Gray's School of Art