Postgraduate Research in the School of Art, Design and Architecture

FourTet and Squidsoup at the Sydney Opera House Photo: Mark Metcalfe

The School of Art, Design and Architecture offers a breadth of postgraduate research programmes that are distinct in their focus on digital art and technology practice, transdisciplinary epistemologies, artistic ecologies, photographic and media art, urban and smart cities as well as building performance research. Our research staff are active practitioners and longstanding academics within their fields and between them have a wealth of successful AHRC, EPSRC, and British Academy research grants as well as Horizon2020 and other EU funded projects. 

Our School has a strong connection to the city through its major galleries, and independent and national organisations such as Plymouth Culture, and The South West Film and TV Archive Centre, among others. 

Through its international staff, the School looks outwards with research projects based in India, China, Brazil, USA, the rest of Europe, and the Middle East. Located in Devon, South West of England, the School is a hub of advanced studies into a wealth of creative practice linked to Art, Design and Architecture. 

Postgraduate Research Programmes in Art, Design and Architecture

The School supports two postgraduate research programmes: MPhil/PhD in Art, Design and Architecture and ResM in Art, Design and Architecture (both programmes are available full time and/or part time).

Please contact Dr. Sana Murrani (Art, Design and Architecture Postgraduate Coordinator) if you wish to have an informal discussion about starting a research degree. 

<p>Agatha Haines, Transfiguration</p>
Transtechnology PhD student Agatha Haines (Agi) featured in The Guardian.
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i-DAT, Planetary Collegium and CogNovo students join the VR/IVT Research Group
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PhD student Yan Wang Preston wins the Syngenta Photography Award.

Become an independent and forward thinking researcher ...

ResM Art, Design and Architecture allows you to Investigate the creative relationships between and within theories, methods and
practices in the fields of art, design and architecture.

Available to study on a full or part-time basis.

Postgraduate research studentships

The deadline for our Doctoral Teaching Assistantships has now passed (18 June 2017) and we currently have no postgraduate research studentships available in The School of Art, Design and Architecture.

Please do check back at the start of the next academic year for the next round of scholarships.

You may want to bookmark the Graduate School's postgraduate research studentships page.

Expo’ 17: Ecologies Annual Event

The School of Art, Design and Architecture Expo’ 17: Ecologies is the first showcase of its kind for postgraduate researchers across the School. The exhibition included research projects from across the diverse research groups within the School, with posters, films, and artwork. The concept of Ecologies was adopted for this year’s event.

"The interconnected networks existing at the scales of mind, society and the environment."
(Felix Guattari, The Three Ecologies, 1989)
Originally defined, in the mid-nineteenth century, as the interconnectedness between organisms and their environment, ecology as a concept focuses on the blurred boundaries between biotic and abiotic aspects of the environment, an ecosystem. It is concerned with the processes, the relationships and interactions between those aspects rather than the physicality of their existence per se.

Ecology is a totalitarian concept that is encompassing of the transformations and flux of energy and matter in space and time. 

The event was organised by our postgraduate researchers in Architecture and Built Environment, Omar Al-Hafith, Adam Guy and Joao Ulrich de Alencastro.