As a research student at Middlesex you will be in a working atmosphere where creative practice and creative thinking is encouraged and will be working with and learning from high profile academics in curating, fine art, communication arts, architecture and design. You will have opportunities to gain work experience in curating, lecturing, events organisation and publishing with a range of organisations including the ICA, National Maritime Museum, Sir John Soane's Museum, Bloomsbury Publishing and Tate
We offer the following research degrees:
We offer an MA by Research, which involves writing and researching a thesis. You'll need knowledge and understanding of existing research or scholarship in a chosen field – and its clear presentation in a dissertation. The taught elements of this course are integral to the degree and your progression will be dependent on satisfactory progress.
This programme is offered full-time or part-time
You can study this degree in one of two ways:
The difference between an MPhil and PhD, in essence, relates to the contribution you make to existing knowledge on the research topic that you've selected. A PhD contributes new knowledge beyond what's currently available. An MPhil contributes new understanding of existing knowledge, by way of a critical review or evaluation.
The taught elements of this course are integral to the degree and your progression will be dependent on satisfactory progress.
This programme is offered full-time or part-time
The MPhil/PhD programme allows for two routes:
Please note that all of our PhD students initially enrol on an MPhil and then transfer to a PhD degree.
If you have any further questions regarding the MPhil and PhD programmes in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries, please contact Professor Vida Midgelow.
We offer an ArtsM and ArtsD qualification, designed for practitioners of advanced standing to allow them to create a piece of work at the cutting edge of practice – with a text of up to 10,000 words for ArtsM level and 20,000 words for Arts D level.
This is a validated programme and research training is integral to the programme.
This course is usually completed part-time.
The Doctor of Philosophy by Public Works, which allows a researcher who has made a significant contribution to knowledge through their own work to gain recognition by means of the award of PhD.
This course is offered full-time and part-time but is usually completed part-time.
You may need research methods or other training to write your context statement.
Academic support and guidance is constantly available, whether you work individually or as part of a team. There are regular research tutorials, plus seminars and meetings with research students, staff and guest speakers.
Two supervisors are allocated to each research student. Projects sometimes have three supervisors – particularly if they're interdisciplinary or joint visual/textual projects.
Your supervisors will act as personal tutors, helping you to clarify your initial objectives, structure your research and develop supplementary skills. They also advise on subject reading, relevant taught courses, research seminars and workshops.
There may be a choice of supervisors but this will be discussed with you before you enrol. It's important that both you and the School are happy about the supervisory arrangements – and that we feel we are able to supervise the research as well as it can be.
We won't accept a project if we don't feel that we have the appropriate expertise to offer in that area and we may have to turn down projects if the appropriate supervisors are fully committed with existing students.
The student/supervisor relationship is important, and normally discussions are necessary between you and the intended supervisors before the proposals are finally accepted – or otherwise.
If you're working in partnership with an external organisation, you may be jointly supervised by academics from Middlesex University and the collaborating partner.
Where collaboration is involved, you should ensure that from the outset the responsibilities for provision of fees, equipment and any other resources are fully understood and accepted by the partners.
We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.
Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.