Apply for a Research Degree

Apply for a Research Degree

Our research degrees recognise significant contributions to knowledge and scholarship, flowing from thoughtful and original research.

Unique perspectives

Often investigating topics from a practitioner perspective, our research students are experienced and highly skilled, with the ability to voice new approaches and ways of understanding the intellectual, emotional, cultural, social and political interaction of creative practice and theory.

We welcome proposals for research degree study across a spectrum of arts, design, architecture and media areas, and the University’s range of subject specialists and experienced supervisors oversee the work of research students in the following areas of practice and theory, all of which contribute to the development of the University’s three core Research Themes:

  • Animation and Games
  • Art and Design Education and Pedagogies
  • Art and Design Policy
  • Art, Design and Cultural History
  • Conceptual Art, Surrealism and Concrete Poetry
  • Curation and interpretation
  • Drawing, Painting and Sculpture
  • Fashion and Textiles: Analogue and Digital
  • Film, Moving Image and Sound
  • Graphics and Typography
  • Illustration

Research degrees at NUA are offered in partnership with the University of the Arts London, creating opportunities for collaborative research between the two institutions. Our research degrees are supported by regular seminars and training events held in Norwich and London, extensive specialist and technical resources, and a year-round programme of exhibitions.

How to apply

The typical minimum entry requirement is an upper second class honours degree in a relevant discipline. An MA in an appropriate subject is considered particularly valuable preparation for a research degree. Applicants not meeting either of these criteria will be considered if they can demonstrate alternative relevant qualifications, professional experience, and an understanding of research methodologies appropriate to their proposed programme of study.

Applicants should be aware that meeting the University’s minimum entry requirements does not guarantee entry. This is only one of the factors considered, and relevant experience, references, and the availability of suitable supervisors and resources are also taken into account.

Initially, applicants should submit a Preliminary Application to Study for a Research Degree, in which you will provide details of your qualifications, employment history, research experience, outputs, two academic references and a 1,000-word outline of your proposed programme of research. We may also ask for examples of your work. Further guidance on the application and consideration process can be found in Postgraduate Research Degree Application Guidance.

Please note that although we welcome applications throughout the year, NUA has one point of entry for research degree study, at the start of each academic year.

International applicants

All international (non-European Economic Area – EEA) applicants will need to apply for a Student Visa under the UK Visa and Immigration Points Based System (PBS) as we do not offer distance learning programmes. Please note that it is not possible for overseas students to study on a part-time basis if you need a Student Visa to enter the UK.

The University’s International Office can provide advice and guidance on the visa application process. However, students should defer to the UKVI Student Visa Website for official advice and guidance.

If English is not your first language you will be required to demonstrate evidence of having met the University’s English language entry requirements.

Please refer to the Postgraduate Research Degree Application Guidance for further details. If you apply to NUA and are offered a place on a course, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place.

Fees and Finance

For information on Research Degree fees for home, EU and international students as well as Postgraduate Doctoral Loans please see Fees and Finance.

Work with us

We welcome enquiries about applied and collaborative activities and opportunities. If you are interested in working with us, if you have a question, or, if you would like further information about our research and researchers, please contact: