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Art and Design MPhil/PhD

The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Art and Design.

Research at Worcester has grown significantly in recent years. We aim to produce research that is distinctive, socially and culturally relevant, and that influences national agendas. We continually strive to develop new areas of research excellence while, in certain areas, our work has already been acknowledged as world-leading.

As a research student you will join a vibrant student community in our Research School and become part of our dynamic research environment. You will have the opportunity to be supervised by leading researchers in your field and to take advantage of our rich Researcher Development programme. This will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to complete your research degree while enhancing the skills you will need in any future career.


Our MPhil/PhD research degree programme offers you:

Wide variety of research interests

The Institute of Humanities & Creative Arts has a strong mix of academics with a high degree of professional and personal experience, enabling you to get the most out of your programme. Our staff have expertise in a wide range of contemporary Fine Art Practices, including Painting, Printmaking, Drawing, Performance, Sound Art, Sculpture and Curatorial Practices.

Excellent supervision

Benefit from a professional and challenging relationship with your supervisory team, drawn from experienced academics working at the forefront of their disciplines.


Access to the University of Worcester’s virtual resources and its state of the art library facilities. The Art and Design team at Worcester have an excellent range of resources available to support your learning and your research project, including a purpose built art studio with dedicated studio space and computer suites with software for animation, image creation, multimedia, and graphic and web design.

Current MPhil/PhD research projects in Art include: an investigation into the application of systemized colour arrangements to apprehend visual structures in narrative painting.

How to apply

How to apply

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Research School on 01905 542182 or

Before you submit a full application, please contact Richard Allen ( to discuss your research project and the availability of appropriate supervision.



Dr Richard Allen
Expertise: performance art; sound art; film and installation art.

Dr James Fisher
Expertise: painting; printmaking; drawing.

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