Arts - Studentship opportunities - University of Derby

College of Arts - PhD studentships 2016

The University Of Derby, College Of Arts has opportunities available for studentships and fee-only bursaries for post-graduate research students enrolling for the first time in the 2016/17 academic year.

In choosing to study with us you would be joining a select group of researchers working within the intellectual context of an established research centre. The distinctive interdisciplinary make-up of our PhD programme encourages a freedom to pursue new and innovative directions, whilst being guided by experienced and leading academics.

- We are an intellectually exciting College organised into Media, Performing Arts, Art, and Design. Staff and students come from a wide range of backgrounds and our primary areas of interest are interdisciplinary practices related to digital and material arts.  This encompasses film, photography, theatre, music and dance, fashion and textiles, visual communication, creative work and creative and cultural markets.

- As a result of this mix, we have a unique interdisciplinary blend of research events and activities. We have the FORMAT International Film & Photography Festival biannually, the Learning Theatre ACE funded project Derby Theatre, the Heritage Lottery Funded DerwentWISE research and conferences, and multidisciplinary Nature Connections Festival.  All of these are in addition to the city’s cultural houses’ exhibitions, screenings and performances. 

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework the College of Arts achieved 82% of research at International level and World Class.

Our approach

Research in the College stands out for its collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches, which places ourselves at the confluence of the arts in the city of Derby and the region of Derbyshire and the East Midlands but with applications for wider relevance for the creative and cultural industries.

Our research themes include:

Creative Technologies – explorations of technologies both analogue practices and digital, draw on our existing reputation across a number of specialised areas including design and applications of materials, sonic, film and photographic environments, the prototyping of products or applications and sustainable or green ways of working for use in creative industry contexts, alongside sustainable scenographies.

Health and wellbeing – cultural arts interventions, landscape and wellbeing, evaluating wellbeing through interdisciplinary practices of arts and science, social entrepreneurship and wellbeing for health and social care agendas, creativity and making for wellbeing, cultural value of the Arts for health & well-being.

Public and Social Engagement - encompasses arts practice as it relates to social engagement, creativity, nature and the environment, art & science, developing the research we produce as part of our place-making responsibilities for society.


You would be expected to work on our annual seasons of conferences, FORMAT Photography Exhibitions and Conference, Derby Film Festival, Sounds in Space Symposium, Nature Connections, Dance Symposium, and our regular research seminars.

We welcome applications from across Arts disciplines.  If you would like initial discussion then please contact Professor Chris White

Successful applicants may be awarded funded studentships (Post-Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Post-Graduate Research Studentship, or Post-Graduate Research Assistantship) or fees-only bursaries at College discretion. Please note that tuition fees will be funded to the Home/EU fee level.


For details of how to apply, please see:

Complete applications should be forwarded to the Research Student Office at Applications received after March 2017 will not be eligible for consideration for studentships or fees-only bursaries.

Interviews will be conducted between September 2016 - March 2017.