Fine Art MPhil/PhD


Research areas:

The UCL Slade School offers a choice between the following three options within the PhD programme:
  • Practice-led: a thesis of studio practice and a written report of 15,000–40,000 words
  • Practice-related: a written thesis of 60,000–80,000 words with studio practice
  • Written thesis only 80,000–100,000 words

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Entry requirements

Applicants must hold an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or its overseas equivalent and will normally be expected to have studied to UK Master’s level, or its overseas equivalent, in either Fine Art or in Art History/Theoretical Studies.

English level expected: Good

Application

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

Fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £20,900
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,450

Scholarships available for this department

Arnaldo Momigliano Scholarship in Arts

For students of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa who wish to apply to UCL as an affiliate student for a graduate research programme in any Department of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities. Students must contact authorities of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa in order to be nominated. This scholarship is based on academic merit. This award was founded in 1989 to commemorate the work of Arnaldo Momigliano, KBE, FBA, Professor of Ancient History at UCL (1951-75) by his daughter, Professor Laura Lepschy.

Wolfson Scholarships

The intention is that Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on their chosen field. Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded solely on academic merit. Ideally the successful students would aspire to an academic career.

Euan Uglow Memorial Scholarship

The Euan Uglow Memorial Scholarship is an entrance scholarship, open to any degree student.

Herbert Seaborn Memorial Scholarship

The Herbert Seaborn Memorial Scholarship of £1,000 is awarded annually for achievement to an undergraduate or graduate student entering their final year of study.

Nancy Balfour Trust Scholarship

The Nancy Balfour Trust Scholarship is open to any undergraduate or graduate student.

Malcolm Hughes Bursary

To enable research students to further their research through projects, conferences, travel, or other research activities.

Jean Spencer Bursary

To enable research students to further their research through projects, conferences, travel, or other research activities.

Slade Bursary

Each year the Slade Bursary Committee awards a large number of £500 Bursaries, funded by donations from the Friends of the Slade and other benefactors to students with particularly difficult financial circumstances

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website


Career

Students graduating from our research programme have, in the last three years, gone on to establish international careers as professional artists, progressed to academic careers nationally and internationally (especially in the field of art theory) and have established careers in a range of related fields including museum and gallery management and curation.


Employability

The programme aims to develop student's individual potential and most graduates go on to become professional artists, receiving important public and private commissions, gaining gallery representation, winning major prizes and international artist residencies, as well as developing new artist-led initiatives worldwide. Others have taken on roles in related careers including curation, museum and gallery management, teaching and many other crucial roles within the creative industries both in the UK and overseas. News and achievements of alumni including recent graduates are detailed on the Slade School website.

Networking

The Graduate Degree Shows are very well attended by gallerists, curators and art collectors and provide an exhibition forum for graduates to showcase their work.

Partnerships outside of UCL include one with Camden Arts Centre where numerous performance and screenings have taken place. We are also founder members of the Junction: North London Cultural Consortium, comprising Slade, Camden Arts Centre, Wellcome, CSM, The Place, UCLH and Cubitt Artists’ Studios.

Other opportunities include the annual Red Mansion Art Prize which awards a residency in China to a continuing graduate student, and two year-long studio residencies for graduands.


Next steps

Contact

Academic Administrator

T: +44 (0)20 7679 2313

Department

Slade School of Fine Art

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