Apply for a Research Degree
  • Apply for a Research Degree

    Norwich University of the Arts welcomes postgraduate research (PGR) degree proposals leading to MPhil or PhD qualifications. The validating body for PGR degrees undertaken at Norwich University of the Arts is the University of the Arts London (UAL).

    Having successfully applied and enrolled, you will also be required to register your study with UAL. You will undertake your programme of study at Norwich University of the Arts, with some seminars and presentations taking place at UAL as part of your PGR training. The University has one point of enrolment at the start of each academic year.

    Bursaries and Fees

    Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is seeking outstanding applicants for a select number of Doctoral Studentships and Bursaries to study on its research degrees programme.

    Doctoral Studentship awards support a full stipend for three and a half years at RCUK rates (approximately £17,700 a year for full-time study) plus payment of tuition fees.

    Doctoral Bursary awards support the payment of tuition fees (three and a half years full-time study).

    Doctoral Studentships and 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.

    Applications will be considered on merit, considering the quality of the proposal, the candidate’s academic and/or work profile, and supervisor availability. At NUA we have a commitment to critical creative practice and moving research and knowledge exchange to the core of our mission, including the establishment of two influential research and knowledge exchange institutes. Proposed projects should address an aspect of the University’s Strategy 2022-2027.

    There is normally no separate process for applying for a studentship or bursary, you simply need to indicate under the ‘Source of Funding’ section of the preliminary application form which award you wish to apply for. The criterion for awards is strictly on the quality of the applications received.

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

    Open events

    The University held two Open Events on its Postgraduate Research Degrees (PGR) programme in November 2022:

    • In-person event at Norwich University of the Arts, 5–7pm Thursday 17 November.

    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.

    Deadline for Applications

    There are two submission points for entry to the PGR programme in 2023-24. Preliminary applications should be submitted by either the following deadlines:

    Deadline 1: Friday 16 December 2022

    Deadline 2: Friday 5 May 2023

    Applicants will normally receive feedback within 4 weeks following each deadline.

    For further information please contact

    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.

    Additional documents for download

    Application Guidance

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