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Research studentships

As part of our ongoing investment in research, we offer a number of funded studentships throughout the year.

We update these regularly, so if there isn't one at the moment, please check back shortly. You may also want to explore the new doctoral loan scheme.

How to apply

Please note you need to apply for your course in parallel with your studentship application. You should also ensure you mention the studentship you are interested in when you submit your application.

  • Deans Awards for Doctoral Research in the Arts and Creative Industries

Application Deadline: Tuesday 1st of March 2022

In addition to the 20% discount available to all returning Middlesex University students, the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries is inviting current and former BA/MA students to apply for a further £3000 award (applied as a fee discount) to support the undertaking of an MPhil/PhD or ArtsM/ArtsD research degree (see restrictions/details below).*

We invite applications from potential candidates whose interests sit within our research specialisms in Fine Art, Design, Performing Arts, Media, English or Writing and who are committed to being an active member of our research community.  We are especially looking for well-considered practice-based projects that seek to make a difference, creatively aligning with one of the following University research themes:

  • Equity
  • Improvements in health and wellbeing
  • Inclusive socio-economic development
  • Enriching lives through culture
  • Sustainability of communities
  • The environment

All current or former BA/MA students who have (or will have) completed degrees in Arts and Creative Industries are welcome to apply.  We seek to develop an ever-more diverse and inclusive community and we particularly encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and Ethic Minority backgrounds, people who identify as LGBTQ+, people with a disability or who are neurodiverse and those who are the first in their family to undertake post-graduate studies.

If you are curious and would like to hear more about research degrees in Arts and Creative Industries and how to apply, information sessions will be held on:

Thursday, 2 December 2021 at 12.00-12.45 (UK time) – Register your attendance here!

Monday, 6 December 2021 at 4.00-4.45 (UK time) – Register your attendance here!

Once you have decided to apply, we will support you with a proposal development session:

Tuesday, 11 January 2022 at 3.00-4.00 (UK time) – Register your attendance here!

Monday, 7 February 2022 at 9.30-10.30 (UK time) – Register your attendance here!

You are encouraged to discuss your research project ideas with your MA tutors or with Prof Vida Midgelow, ACI Director of Research Degrees: v.midgelow@mdx.ac.uk

How to apply

See further information about research degrees at Middlesex and how to apply.

Please note the award will be considered in parallel with your course application and all additional fee and living costs must be covered by the student. Applicants are expected to demonstrate their suitability and may be offered a place to study, but not all applicants will be offered the fee reduction as these are awarded through a competitive selection process.

This will be 3-7 year full or part-time program and candidates may be based at home, or fully/partially at Hendon Campus London, leading, if successful, to the award of PhD or ArtsD.

Application form – please indicate that you would like to considered for the ACI Deans Award as part of the ‘fees payment’ section of your application

Personal statement - address what motivates your application and how you will contribute to the research community in the Faculty.

Research proposal – be sure to align your proposal to the ACI Faculty research areas and University themes.

Portfolio of previous work (selected practice and/or written)

Other required evidence/certificates as listed in the application portal.

  • Interviews are expected through April 2022.
  • Selected candidates expected starting date: End of Sept 2022.

*IMPORTANT. Note that:

  • The award is ONLY for applicants who have successfully completed (or will have completed) an BA or MA in the Arts and Creative Industries at Middlesex and are self-financing (or government loan).
  • Applicants may be either full- or part-time, UK or international and must start in September 2022.
  • This award is not available to current or former postgraduate researchers.
  • The award will be applied annually as a fee reduction, depending upon suitable progression, engagement, accounting for interruptions and any changes in fee status as follows:

£1000 per year full time, up to a maximum of 3 yrs = £3000 total

£600 per year part time, up to a maximum of 5 yrs = £3000 total

  • The Faculty of ACI seek to support five full-time equivalent researchers through this award.
  • The MPhil/PhD programme has two routes with submissions that are either fully text or include the equivalent of 50% in creative practice. The Master/Doctor of Arts (ArtsM /ArtsD) is designed for practitioners of advanced standing, allowing them to create work at the cutting edge of practice alongside an articulation of this creative work. All candidates enrol initially as MPhil/ArtsM candidates, with a view to transferring to PhD/ArtsD.
  • Gamification to Encourage Increase in Healthier Physical Activity

We are looking for an enthusiastic M.Sc. by Research student interested in working in partnership with GLL and Middlesex University London  as part of the development team for a system to incorporate gamification concepts as part of the strategy to encourage healthy physical activity. The system is significantly advanced, and the focus is more on round it up, transferring it to the company and to make it more connected with the market.  The student will be based at the Hendon campus of Middlesex University however will also have to work in collaboration with the GLL team to transfer the system to their infrastructure.

The student should be based in the UK and be available for meetings in person whenever required and allowed by the circumstances.

The selected student is expected to have some experience of developing software, for example in Java, and if experienced in developing for mobile phone platforms it will be considered an advantage. Technical infrastructure will be provided by Middlesex University and GLL. Part of the project includes helping with running pilots of the system to guide some final refinements. The system will be piloted on real users whit help of Middlesex University and GLL programmes.

The studentship will provide £5,100 to cover all fees for the MSc by Research on Ambient Assisted Living at Middlesex University.  In addition the studentship will have attached a bursary of £800 per month during 12 months.  Any other living costs should be covered by the student.

This will be one year full time program (the last two months will be used to write the Master Thesis). The candidate will start the 12 months long MSc by Research program as soon as possible. Upon successful completion of the program (passing the final viva), the student will be awarded an MSc by Research.

How to apply

Application process: send a CV to the contact address provided below.

  • Deadline for applications: ongoing.
  • Interview of shortlisted candidates is expected to happen within the week of submission deadline.
  • Selected Candidate expected starting date: TBC.

Interested candidates please contact:

Prof. Juan Carlos Augusto  (www.jcaugusto.com)
Head of the RG on Development of Intelligent Environments, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science and Technology,
Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom

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