The MPhil/PhD is an integrated programme and you are initially registered on the MPhil. Formal transfer to PhD occurs subject to approval by a thesis panel which is appointed to you at the start of your registration. Should you not transfer to PhD, you'll be expected to complete the MPhil within two years.
At UCA Canterbury you benefit from specialist workshops and lecture theatres; the University library's extensive range of books, journals, online resources and visual materials and the Herbert Read Gallery's regular exhibitions and talks by international artists.
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Length of study:
3 years full-time, 5 years part-time
You also have your own fully equipped baseroom containing imaging software, output facilities, study space and internet access.
Research seminars focus on fine art and architecture and provide opportunities for debate on contemporary practice and theory. You are encouraged to attend regular seminars at the Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA) in London, involving artists, architects, cultural theorists and designers who engage with current thinking on issues of space, art and architecture. The distinctive environment of fine art together with the School of Architecture, enables both specialist and interdisciplinary approaches to research.
UCA Canterbury has on-campus halls of residence, a shop, bar and cafe and is a short walk from the town centre. Canterbury is one hour by high-speed train from central London.
*We are currently reviewing the validation arrangements for our research degrees, further information will be available in 2017.
Normally you'll hold a recognised masters degree or equivalent relevant to the proposed programme of study, or a first or second class honours degree (or recognised equivalent relevant) with appropriate research or professional experience.
English Language requirements:
IELTS 7.0 overall, 7 for writing, and other elements not less than 6.5 (or equivalent qualification).
We operate a two-stage admissions process for research degrees. Initially, you are asked to submit the RD12 Research Proposal Form and return it to the Research Office email@example.com with a relevant bibliography and CV by the 31 March 2017.
The RD12 form includes guidance on how to prepare the research plan including the research title; research methodology and critical approaches; experience; and original contribution to knowledge and key themes, concepts and ideas.
If successful you'll move to the second stage of the admissions process which is an invitation to interview. Before the interview takes place the applicant will be asked to submit academic qualifications and references.
To apply, please contact the Research Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application pack.
The university usually offers a small number of fee scholarships for Home/EU students and these are awarded on a competitive basis.
There is no separate application process for the award of a fee scholarship as these are awarded on the merit of the research proposal and the experience of the applicant. For more information please see the bursary information for 2017/18.
Applicants wishing to be considered for a fee scholarship will need to submit their research proposal by the 31 March 2017.
The university also subscribes to the alternative guide to postgraduate funding. If you have an application in progress the Research Office can give you a PIN number so you can access the database. This guide provides sources for potential funding for PhD, Masters, and PGCE study. It's open to all postgraduates, regardless of subject or nationality.
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