Practice-led PhDs

What is a Practice-led PhD?

A Practice-led PhD is a research opportunity for students with an interest in pursuing projects with a creative practice component. 

As a mode, practice-led research is still developing and, as such, can take a variety of forms leading to a range of different outputs. As the name suggests, such research is not about practice but, rather grows out of the discoveries, ideas and issues that emerge from the practice itself. While the relation of theory to practice will vary from one research project to the next, as will the relative proportions of practice and the written component of the final submission, it is a requirement that practical outputs (whether performance, exhibition, composition, creative writing etc.) will be accompanied by a written thesis of 25,000 to 50,000 words.

We offer Practice-led PhDs in three of our Academic Schools:

To apply, please click the 'Practice-led PhD' tab on our Application Links webpage, which will connect you to the relevant online application system.

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