Competition funded (UK/EU and international students)
Refer to 'How to apply' section below for project codes per area
DepartmentSchool of Art, Design, and Performance, School of Film, Media, and Communication, School of Creative Technologies, School of Architecture
19 January 2024
Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries of the University of Portsmouth to commence in October 2024.
The University of Portsmouth is investing in funded PhD bursaries that underpin our commitment to ever-developing our research culture and the impact that our research makes. In the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, we welcome a range of research methods and we are especially keen to support interdisciplinary projects that involve more than one of the specialist research areas in the Faculty. We value research projects that demonstrate tangible real-world social impact and that identify collaborations with non-academic institutions, groups or organisations. We seek to achieve equality, diversity and inclusivity in our research community and wish to encourage applications from under-represented groups.
We invite PhD proposals in any of the following areas of research across our schools. Further details can be found by following the links below each school.
Candidates applying for any of the research areas may be eligible to compete for a small number of bursaries available. Successful applicants will receive a bursary to cover tuition fees for three years and a stipend in line with the UKRI rate (£18,622 for 2023/24).
School of Architecture
Research area: Architecture, Interiors and Urbanism
Contact: Dr Tarek Teba (email@example.com), Department Director of Postgraduate Research
The School of Architecture invites research proposals on the topics of design practice and education, sustainable and environmental design, place making, landscape and urban design, cultural heritage and conservation, architecture and interior histories and theories, computational and analogue design, and spatial practices. We are especially interested in research proposals employing Computational and Extended Reality Techniques, and aiming at advancing our comprehension and solutions within the above-mentioned areas. We encourage such exploration via different approaches including conventional, practice-based and practice-led research.
School of Art, Design and Performance
Contact: Dr Elaine Igoe (firstname.lastname@example.org), Department Director of Postgraduate Research
The School of Art, Design and Performance invites research proposals in the following areas;
- Drama and music performance theory and practice
- Social and community engagement through creative and design practice
- Art-Science interdisciplinary research
- Social history and heritage in and through design and performance
- Visual and material communication particularly emerging practices in photography, image-making and graphic design
We are especially interested in supporting innovative research that addresses climate, racial and social justice and creative practice projects that investigate the synergies and convergence of computational tools and extended reality within the areas of arts, design, and drama and performance.
School of Creative Technologies
Research area: Digital and Creative Technologies
Contact: Dr Brett Stevens (email@example.com), Department Director of Postgraduate Research
The School of Creative Technologies welcomes research proposals in any area of the school. With specific international expertise in Computer Games (Design and Interaction), HCI (especially computer vision and cultural heritage), and Practice Research we are looking to encourage and enable projects that utilise a creative and pro-social approach.
School of Film, Media and Communications
Contact: Dr Stephen Harper (firstname.lastname@example.org), Department Director of Postgraduate Research
The School of Film, Media and Communication invites applicants with high-quality doctoral research projects within our areas of expertise. We are currently particularly keen to hear from applicants with proposals in the following areas of supervision expertise: popular film and television representation; film practice as research; and creative writing.
You'll need a good first degree from an internationally recognised university (minimum upper second class or equivalent, depending on your chosen course) or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject. In exceptional cases, we may consider equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
How to apply
1. Use the links listed above to explore the available areas of expertise within our Faculty and to tailor your proposal accordingly. You are encouraged to contact the relevant Department Director of Postgraduate Research (emails listed above) with a brief overview of a proposed topic before submitting a formal application.
2. Write up a short research proposal (1500-2500 words), providing the background to the proposed research, an outline of the study to be undertaken and the gap in research it addresses. The proposed research should relate to one or more of the above research areas. Please consult our research proposal guide for further guidance. It is strongly encouraged that you liaise with the appropriate Director of Postgraduate Research about your proposal prior to submission of formal application.
3. Apply online (links provided below) making sure you submit your research proposal, a personal statement, proof of your degrees and grades, details of two referees, proof of your English language proficiency and an up-to-date CV.
When you are ready to submit your application, please follow the 'Apply now' link on the relevant PhD subject area page and select ‘October 2024’ intake. You must also quote the relevant project code to be considered for this funded PhD opportunity:
Architecture, Interiors and Urbanism - code ARCH9010124
Art and Design: History, Theory and Practice - code AD&P9020124
Digital and Creative Technologies - code CCTS9040124
Film and Media Studies - code FM&C9050124
Journalism, Communication and Creative Writing - code FM&C9060124
Performance, Theatre and Music - code AD&P9030124
Have you got questions?
Informal enquiries are encouraged and can be made to the Department Director of Postgraduate Research Coordinator mentioned above. For administrative and admissions enquiries please contact email@example.com.
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