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The College of Arts & Humanities offers a vast range of postgraduate taught programmes, developed and delivered by experts in their field. Our taught degrees usually last for one year (full-time). Our programmes provide an opportunity to extend your existing knowledge of a subject, to engage with a new subject area, or to work across subject areas in an interdisciplinary programme.

Our taught degrees are titled Master of Letters (MLitt) or Master of Science (MSc). Irrespective of their designation, all are delivered through a range of structured classroom and seminar activities, led by academic members of staff, many of whom are world-leaders in their field. These activities run alongside more independent but supervised (typically one-to-one) learning experiences.

Our Masters programmes introduce you to a range of professional skills, equipping you for the challenges of the job market as well as for PhD study. Our Careers Service offers tailored and individual support for our postgraduate students, while our close connection to and partnerships with many organisations in the city provide a range of internship and work placement opportunities.

The Arts Advising Team provides supports to all taught postgraduate students in the College of Arts & Humanities. They can be contacted by email:  [email protected] .

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PhD Opportunities

The core theme of the PhD would be the “Scottish Decorative and Pictorial Painted Textiles in the Victorian and Edwardian Period”. The research would cover material such as upholstery, soft furnishings, hangings and floor coverings, and it would include work by C.R. Mackintosh and his circle as well as their lesser-known contemporaries. The student would be jointly supervised by: Professor Christina Young and Lecturer, Karen Thompson with additional supervision from Joseph Sharples, Mackintosh Curator at The Hunterian. Therefore, the student would have a unique support in the art historical and curatorial context, conservation of textiles and paintings, and scientific examination techniques. This PhD research will draw upon the collections at The Hunterian and Glasgow Museums for object study, source documents and archival records held in the University of Glasgow Special Collections and Scottish Archives. There is also plenty of room within the theme for the PhD candidate to develop their own directions of original research.

The applicant would be expected to have a background in art history, conservation, technical art history, although other relevant subjects would be considered. The applicant will be expected to have a minimum of a 2:1 at undergraduate study and a Master’s qualification in a relevant subject area.

  • A statement of no more than 1,000 words describing in detail your interest in and suitability for undertaking this project (see further details below);
  • A current CV;
  • A transcript of qualifications to date (and anticipated results if you are still studying for your Masters);
  • An example of scholarly work up to 5000 words in length (such as a full essay or dissertation chapter);
  • 2 academic references.
  • A straightforward, descriptive, and informative title;
  • The question that your research will address;
  • An account of why this question is important and worth investigating;
  • An assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject;
  • A brief account of the methodology and approach you will take;
  • A discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums;
  • An indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult.

The core research theme is “Scottish Stage Designers: Tradition and Innovation”.

The student will be supervised by Dr. Christina Young in collaboration with The Hunterian. The research will draw upon both private and public collections/archives in Glasgow and London. The student will be part of a growing group of researchers within TAHG studying the history and significance of scenic art, artists and stage design within the British Isles.

The successful applicant will then need to apply on-line for a PhD place.

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*the online application system will be open 1 february 2024 (9am gmt) – 13 february 2024 (12noon gmt).*.

Late applications will only be considered where there is evidenced breakdown in SGSAH's operational systems and where such systemetic failures have made submission by the deadline impossible. Please note that we will  not  accept late applications where there has been systemetic failure at the applicant's end (e.g failure of internet connection). For this reason,  we strongly advise applicants to complete the application process at least 48 hours in advance of the deadline.

The application process for the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship is divided into two parts.

1. An application made to your chosen HEI. This application process is wholly run by your chosen HEI through an unique process. You should contact them as soon as possible to find out how they are selecting proposals for nomination, and their internal deadlines for applications.

2. Students who are successful in being nominated by their HEI through a traditional PhD will progress to the second part of the process. Applications are then made through the SGSAH AHRC Scholarship Application System in February 2024.

The first step in the process is to check that you are eligible to receive an award. Please consult each section below for details on this aspect of the application process.

  

Guidance documents and template application forms.

Click on the links below to download the guidance documents and application form templates in Word or PDF format.

SGSAH AHRC DTP Full Guidance 2023 (v4)  (Word Document, 906KB)

SGSAH AHRC DTP Full Guidance 2023 (v4)  (PDF, 1.2MB)

SGSAH AHRC DTP Nomination Application Form Template 2024  (Word Document, 41KB)

SGSAH AHRC DTP Nomination Application Form Template 2024  (PDF, 203KB)

SGSAH AHRC DTP Institutional Statement for Nominated Applicants 2024  (Word Document, 34KB)

SGSAH AHRC DTP Institutional Statement for Nominated Applicants 2024  (PDF, 267KB)    

SGSAH CDA Application Guidance 2024  (Word Document, 2.6MB)

SGSAH CDA Application Guidance 2024  (PDF, 921KB)

SGSAH AHRC CDA Application Form Template 2024  (Word Document, 37KB)

SGSAH AHRC CDA Application Form Template 2024  (PDF, 260KB)

CDA Nominated Candidate Form 2024  (Word Document, 30KB)

CDA Nominated Candidate Form 2024  (PDF, 203KB)

Application Process

Read the guidance document (available to download via the links above) thoroughly before applying. You should then contact your chosen institution(s) as soon as possible to find out how they are selecting proposals for nomination, and their internal deadlines for applications. Note that internal deadlines are likely to be much earlier than SGSAH’s deadline.  

SGSAH operates an electronic application system via our website which will be open from 9am GMT on 1 February 2024 until 12 noon GMT on 13 February 2024. The guidance includes a template for the information you will be required to complete online.

The online process involves:

  • Inputting information onto our electronic form. See the guidance document for details.
  • Uploading one single PDF of your academic transcripts.
  • Uploading the PDF Institutional Statement that will be provided by your nominating HEI.
  • Uploading confirmation of your offer of a place from your lead-HEI.

It is the student applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they have all the necessary documents ready to upload to the online application system.

Late applications will only be considered where there is evidenced breakdown in SGSAH’s operational systems and where such systemic failures have made submission by the deadline impossible. Please note that we will not accept late applications where there has been systemic failure at the applicant’s end (e.g. failure of internet connection). For this reason, we strongly advise applicants to complete the application process at least 48 hours in advance of the deadline.

To be eligible you will need to have been accepted on a PhD programme and nominated by one of our Doctoral Training Partnership members. You should contact your chosen institution(s) as soon as possible to find out how they are selecting proposals for nomination, and their internal deadlines for applications. Note that internal deadlines are likely to be much earlier than SGSAH’s deadline.  

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It is expected that you will be supervised by the best possible team. So, whilst you can only be nominated by one HEI, you could be supervised by a team from two or three HEIs from across our membership. You should discuss this with your proposed supervisor at your chosen nominating HEI.

To be eligible to apply you must also be prepared to live within a reasonable distance of the lead HEI. We define a reasonable distance as follows: a student ought if necessary to be able to travel to the University every day to work core hours (10am to 4pm).

Qualifications

The AHRC expects that applicants to PhD programmes will normally hold, or be studying towards, a Masters qualification. If you are not in this position you may be able to use relevant professional experience to provide evidence of your ability to undertake independent research. 

Residency Criteria

From the academic year 2021/22, the AHRC via SGSAH is offering awards to PhD researchers from the world (UK, the EU and International). All funded PhD students,   whether UK or International will be eligible for a full award – both a stipend to support living costs, and fees at the HEIs’ UK rate.  

To be classed as a home student, candidates must meet the following criteria:    

  • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or    
  • Have settled status, or    
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or    
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter    

If a candidate does not meet the criteria above, they would be classed as an International student. 

UK National Residency Requirements:

A UK national may have spent an extended period living outside the UK, either for study or employment and still be eligible for home fee status. Candidates in these circumstances are required to show that they have maintained a relevant connection with their home country and therefore claim that the absence was temporary. ‘Temporary’ does not depend solely on the length of absence.

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Equalities and ring-fenced studentships.

Ring-fenced Studentships

In accordance with UKRI and AHRC policy, permissible positive action is being applied to the 2024 SGSAH DTP Open Studentships, following a review of SGSAH Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) application and award data from previous years.

For the 2024 competition, SGSAH is making available *at least* three ring-fenced studentships for applicants from UK Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. These 3 ring-fenced studentships represent a *minimum* recruitment, with no maximum.

In terms of process, applicants will continue to complete the Equalities Monitoring Form, which is not seen by Panel Reviews. Applicants will also complete a Yes/No tick box to detail whether they are applying for one of the ring-fenced studentships. This tick box will not be seen by Panel Reviews, who will score and rank applicants using the existing assessment criteria but will be made available to the final ranking meeting of Executive members.

SGSAH will also advertise online application support sessions specifically aimed at those from under-represented backgrounds.

Equalities Statement

SGSAH intends to ensure equity of experience and opportunity to access funded studentships, in alignment with our existing Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) policy. Specifically, SGSAH’s EDI within the assessment process of funded studentship schemes includes:

  • Applications are assessed anonymously, with Institutional Statements using ‘they’ pronouns throughout to avoid unconscious bias in terms of gender and ethnicity
  • Qualifications are reviewed by the SGSAH team rather than panel reviewers, to avoid institutional bias
  • A section of the applicant form for ‘Relevant Professional Experience’ is available in order to provide a level playing field for applicants with unrelated, dated or no Masters qualifications but who have demonstrably relevant professional experience
  • For the 2023 competition, ring-fenced studentships for BAME applicants are introduced
  • SGSAH will deliver online application support sessions specifically aimed at those from under-represented backgrounds.
  • All panel reviewers receive EDI and unconscious bias training

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Fine Art PhD

Anglia ruskin university.

  • 2 years Full time degree: £4,712 per year (UK)
  • 2.5 years Full time degree: £4,712 per year (UK)
  • 3 years Part time degree: £2,356 per year (UK)
  • 3.5 years Part time degree: £2,356 per year (UK)

History of Art PhD

Birkbeck, university of london.

  • 4 years Full time degree: £4,712 per year (UK)
  • 7 years Part time degree: £2,500 per year (UK)

PhD Art History and Theory

University of essex.

  • 4 years Full time degree: £5,900 per year (UK)
  • 7 years Part time degree: £2,950 per year (UK)
  • Art History and Theory - Research- Core
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University of Glasgow

  • 3 years Full time degree: £4,712 per year (UK)
  • 5 years Part time degree: £2,356 per year (UK)

Archaeology and Ancient History PhD,MPhil - Material Culture Studies

University of leicester.

  • 6 years Distance without attendance degree: £3,642 per year (UK)
  • 3 years Full time degree: £4,596 per year (UK)
  • 6 years Part time degree: £2,298 per year (UK)

Fine Art MPhil, PhD

Newcastle university.

  • 36 months Full time degree: £4,712 per year (UK)
  • 72 months Part time degree: £2,356 per year (UK)

Art History PhD

University of nottingham.

  • 3 years Full time degree: £5,100 per year (UK)
  • 6 years Part time degree

University of Plymouth

  • 3 years Full time degree: £4,500 per year (UK)
  • 4 years Part time degree: £3,030 per year (UK)
  • Research Skills in the Arts, Humanities & Business- Core
  • GSRARHI4 Research Art History- Core

History and Philosophy of Art - PhD

University of kent, human geography mphil/phd, ucl (university college london).

  • 3 years Full time degree: £5,860 per year (UK)
  • 5 years Part time degree: £2,930 per year (UK)

History of art PhD

University of brighton, university of southampton.

  • 2 years Full time degree

History of Art PhD (On-Campus or by Distance Learning)

University of birmingham.

  • 3 years Distance without attendance degree: £2,389 per year (UK)
  • 3 years Full time degree: £4,778 per year (UK)

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Sheffield hallam university.

  • 7 years Part time degree: £2,356 per year (UK)

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Phd art history and visual culture, university of exeter.

  • 3 years Full time degree: £4,970 per year (UK)
  • 6 years Part time degree: £2,485 per year (UK)

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University of manchester, dphil in fine art, university of oxford.

  • 3 years Full time degree: £9,850 per year (UK)
  • 6 years Part time degree: £4,925 per year (UK)

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University of warwick.

  • 7 years Part time degree: £2,828 per year (UK)

PhD in History of Art

University of york.

  • 6 years Distance without attendance degree: £4,806 per year (UK)
  • 3 years Distance without attendance degree: £2,403 per year (UK)
  • 3 years Full time degree: £4,806 per year (UK)
  • 6 years Part time degree: £2,403 per year (UK)

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Some faculty members criticized how the secretive Harvard Corporation had handled the political onslaught and plagiarism allegations.

Alison Frank Johnson, a history professor, said she “couldn’t be more dismayed.”

“Instead of making a decision based on established scholarly principles, we had here a public hounding,” she said. “Instead of listening to voices of scholars in her field who could speak to the importance and originality of her research, we heard voices of derision and spite on social media. Instead of following established university procedure, we had a corporation granting access to self-appointed advisers and carrying out reviews using mysterious and undisclosed methods.”

Rumors about problems in Dr. Gay’s work had circulated for months on anonymous message boards. But the first widely publicized report came on Dec. 10, before Harvard’s board met to discuss Dr. Gay’s future, after her disastrous testimony in the congressional hearing.

That evening, the conservative activist Christopher Rufo published an essay in his Substack newsletter highlighting what he described as “problematic patterns of usage and citation” in Dr. Gay’s 1997 doctoral dissertation.

The Washington Free Beacon followed with several articles detailing allegations regarding her published scholarly articles, and reported two formal complaints submitted to the Research Integrity Office of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

In a statement on Dec. 12 saying that Dr. Gay would stay on, the board acknowledged the accusations and said it had been made aware of them in late October. The board said it had conducted an investigation and found “a few instances of inadequate citation” in two articles, which it said would be corrected. But the infractions, the board said, did not rise to the level of “research misconduct.”

Dr. Gay was already under pressure for what some had said was the university’s inadequate response to the Oct. 7 attacks on Israel.

After initially remaining silent after student groups wrote an open letter saying that Israel was “entirely responsible” for the violence, Dr. Gay and other officials released a letter to the university community acknowledging “feelings of fear, sadness, anger and more.” After an outcry over what some considered the tepid language, Dr. Gay issued a more forceful statement condemning Hamas for “terrorist atrocities,” while urging people to use words that “illuminate and not inflame.”

At the congressional hearing, Representative Elise Stefanik, Republican of New York, pelted Dr. Gay and the other university presidents with hypothetical questions.

“At Harvard,” Ms. Stefanik asked Dr. Gay, “does calling for the genocide of Jews violate Harvard’s rules of bullying and harassment? Yes or no?”

“It can be, depending on the context,” Dr. Gay replied.

That exchange, and a similar back and forth between Ms. Stefanik and Ms. Magill, rocketed across social media and infuriated many people with close ties to the universities.

Dr. Gay moved to contain the fallout with an apology in an interview that was published in The Harvard Crimson, the campus newspaper. “When words amplify distress and pain, I don’t know how you could feel anything but regret,” she said.

One week after her testimony, the Harvard Corporation issued a unanimous statement of support — after meeting late into the night — saying that it stood firmly behind her.

But there were signs that controversy might have harmed Harvard’s reputation. The number of students who applied this fall under the university’s early action program — giving them the possibility of an admissions decision in December instead of March — fell about 17 percent, the university said last month.

Reporting was contributed by Dana Goldstein , Rob Copeland , Annie Karni and Vimal Patel . Kirsten Noyes contributed research.

Jennifer Schuessler is a culture reporter covering intellectual life and the world of ideas. She is based in New York. More about Jennifer Schuessler

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Postgraduate research  

History of Art PhD/MLitt (Research)/MPhil (Research)

Art History - History of Collecting & Collections

We have a vibrant student community in the History of Art with many research projects and external collaborations.

Areas available for research supervision include:

  • European art historical periods, particularly medieval, Renaissance, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries
  • Modernist studies, particularly Dada and Surrealism
  • Chinese art and culture
  • the development and application of art theory, particularly gender and post-1945
  • collecting practices, collections and museums technical art history: interdisciplinary research into artists’ materials, methods, and studio practices in the past and present, artists’ intent, authenticity and authentication
  • material culture studies, particularly decorative art and design history
  • dress textile history
  • textile conservation and textile conservation science.

Our research degrees offer unique opportunities for:

  • object-based learning using outstanding local collections and archives
  • training in research methods and skills
  • participation in many extra-curricular activities in the School of Culture and Creative Arts, detailed on our Student Life pages. Study is complemented by a lively programme of research seminars, to which postgraduates contributes, which includes lectures delivered by leading art and design historians, conservators and other visiting academics.

Research groups

  • Art History Research
  • Kelvin Centre for Conservation and Cultural Heritage Research

Study options

  • Duration: 3 years full-time; 5 years part-time
  • Thesis length:  70,000-100,000 words, including references, bibliography and appendices (other than documentary appendices).

A Doctor of Philosophy may be awarded to a student whose thesis is an original work making a significant contribution to knowledge in, or understanding of, a field of study and normally containing material worthy of publication.

MLitt (Research)

  • Duration: 2 years full-time; 3 years part-time
  • Thesis length:  40,000-70,000 words (including references, bibliography and appendices).

Our Degree of Master of Letters (Research) requires you to undertake a postgraduate course of special study and research that represents a distinct contribution to knowledge.

MPhil (Research)

  • Duration: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
  • Thesis length:  30,000-40,000 words (including references and bibliography).

A Master of Philosophy (Research) requires you to undertake a postgraduate course of special study and research that represents a distinct contribution to knowledge.

Entry requirements

Our regular standard of admission is at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1), although candidates will usually also have completed or be undertaking a Masters qualification.

Research outline

Candidates are required to provide an outline of the proposed research subject in about 1000 words. This need not be your final thesis proposal but should include:

  • a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
  • the question that your research will address
  • an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
  • an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
  • a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
  • a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
  • an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult

Your application, including your references and research proposal, will be passed to members of staff whose expertise and research interests most closely match the area of your proposed study.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training) 7.0 with no subtests under 7.0
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

Toefl (ibt, my best or athome).

  • 94; with Reading 24; Listening 24; Speaking 23; Writing 27
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements , this includes TOEFL mybest.

Pearsons PTE Academic

  • 66 with no subtest less than: Listening 66;Reading 68; Speaking 65; Writing 82

Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE) and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)

  • 185 overall, no subtest less than 185

Oxford English Test

  • Oxford ELLT 8
  • R&L: OIDI level no less than 8 with Reading: 27-28 and Listening: 20
  • W&S: OIDI level no less than 8

Trinity College Tests

Integrated Skills in English II & III & IV: ISEII Pass with Pass in all sub-tests.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

Tests are accepted for 2 years following date of successful completion.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • students must have studied for a minimum of 2 years at Undergraduate level, or 9 months at Master's level, and must have complete their degree in that majority-English speaking country  and  within the last 6 years
  • students must have completed their final two years study in that majority-English speaking country  and  within the last 6 years

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept UKVI approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT) but we do not require a specific UKVI SELT for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Fees and funding

  • UK: To be confirmed by UKRI [23/24 fee was £4,712]
  • International & EU: £25,290

Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. Fees for part-time study are half the full-time fee.

Irish nationals who are living in the Common Travel Area of the UK, EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status, and Internationals with Indefinite Leave to remain status can also qualify for home fee status.

  • Fee status and policies

Alumni discount

We offer a 20% discount to our alumni on all Postgraduate Research and full Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes. This includes University of Glasgow graduates and those who have completed Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School with us. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.

Possible additional fees

  • Re-submission by a research student £540
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work £1,355
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed £350
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship £790

Depending on the nature of the research project, some students will be expected to pay a bench fee (also known as research support costs) to cover additional costs. The exact amount will be provided in the offer letter.

  • College of Arts & Humanities Graduate School  funding opportunities

Teaching and research in the Arts and Humanities is supported by the outstanding resources of our  University Library  with its special collections and our on-campus  Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery .

Our close links and partnerships with  Glasgow Life , and the city’s many museums, art galleries, performing arts and music venues, international festivals and creative industry organisations make the University of Glasgow the ideal place for postgraduate study of the arts.

Graduate School

Our Graduate School creates a productive and interdisciplinary collegiate environment for all of our research students. We offer a range of services, courses and skills development opportunities for research students.

The College of Arts & Humanities is home to a vibrant and diverse community of students enrolled on taught masters and research programmes within a stimulating intellectual and cultural environment. Across every school and subject area the college is home to world-leading and agenda-setting research.

Find out more about what is happening in the community by following us: 

  • Twitter: #UofGArts
  • facebook.com/UofGArts

You will also be part of the wider Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities , the world's first national graduate school in the Arts & Humanities. Membership includes 16   Scottish universities, four art schools & the national conservatoire, with support from the arts, culture, creative & heritage sectors. 

How to apply

Identify potential supervisors.

All Postgraduate Research Students are allocated a supervisor who will act as the main source of academic support and research mentoring. You may want to identify a potential supervisor and contact them to discuss your research proposal before you apply. Please note, even if you have spoken to an academic staff member about your proposal you still need to submit an online application form.

You can find relevant academic staff members with our staff research interests search .

Gather your documents

Before applying please make sure you gather the following supporting documentation:

  • Final or current degree transcripts including grades (and an official translation, if needed) – scanned copy in colour of the original document.
  • Degree certificates (and an official translation, if needed): scanned copy in colour of the original document.
  • Two references on headed paper and signed by the referee. One must be academic, the other can be academic or professional. References may be uploaded   as part of the application form or you may enter your referees contact details on the application form. We will then email your referee and notify you when we receive the reference.  We can also accept confidential references direct to  [email protected] , from the referee’s university or business email account.
  • Research proposal, CV, samples of written work as per requirements for each subject area.
  • If you have any questions about your application  before  you apply:  contact The School of Culture and Creative Arts ( [email protected] )
  • If you have any questions  after  you have submitted your application:  contact our Admissions team
  • Any  references  may be submitted by email to:  [email protected]

International Students

  • Visa and immigration
  • Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

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