Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

School of the Arts


The School offers opportunities for Research Degrees in Art and Design and the History and Theory of Art and Design.

We encourage research projects that have the potential to make a substantive contribution to these academic disciplines through the rigorous application of existing methods, as well as projects that reflect on practice within and across discipline boundaries and those that explore methodological approaches.

We support projects that exploit expertise in new technologies available within the School and across the University or that are interdisciplinary in nature. University regulations allow for a thesis that includes the submission of text and the outcomes of practice for assessment, where the practice is integral to the research process.

Programme length

MPhil 2 years full time; 3 years part-time
PhD 3 years full time; 5 years part-time

Entry Qualifications

Good first degree or equivalent experience.

Application and research proposal

We suggest that prospective applicants contact us in the first instance indicating their topic of interest. Applicants will then be invited to discuss and develop a research proposal before making a formal application

For more information on applying please click here

Research Proposal

The proposal should be 1,000 - 2,000 words and include: a provisional title; the question that forms the core of the enquiry; the scope of the topic; outline of methods approach to be adopted; the relationship to current research and literature in the field; and a provisional timetable.

Funding Your Studies

Studentships are available annually on a competitive basis. Whilst the deadline for these is usually March, applicants are advised to contact the department before December for details.

Finding out more

For more information about postgraduate research opportunities contact Johanna Hallsten, Postgraduate Research Co-ordinator, on +44 (0)1509 228964 or by email. (j.hallsten@lboro.ac.uk)

Selected Research Interests in the School of The Arts


Contact us

General enquiries

Tel: +44 (0)1509 228903
Fax: +44 (0)1509 228902