Apply for a Research Degree
  • Apply for a Research Degree

    We welcome proposals for research degree study across a spectrum of subjects in art, design, architecture, media and performance.

    Research degrees at NUA are offered in partnership with the University of the Arts London to ensure an extensive network of research degree students.

    Our research degrees are supported by subject specialist and experienced supervisors, regular seminars and training events held online as well as 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, Finance and Bursaries

    Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) will provide a number of PhD Student Bursaries to pay University fees for three years full-time study on NUA’s research degrees programme from 2022-23.

    Bursaries are open to both UK and overseas applicants who wish to pursue research in a creative practice or in a historical/theoretical studies field related to one or more of the University’s academic disciplines.

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

    Additional documents for download

    Application Guidance

    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:


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