Research Degrees

Jacqueline Bradley

Finger Traps #3, 2018, Lichen, fingers, Dimensions variable, Photographer: Brenton McGeachie.

Higher degree research programs involve a 2 to 4 year full-time extended research project resulting in either a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Art History, Art Theory, Design or Visual Arts. Part-time study is available.

Coursework is a compulsory component of the programs that equates to approximately one semester. Two coursework courses cover visual arts research methods and writing about practice, while a further two deal with important aspects of research training, such as proposal and report writing, literature and artefact reviews, fieldwork and ethics.

Each degree is undertaken primarily as either a practice-led research project or as a written research project.

Practice-led research project in design or visual arts

Students construct a project under the supervision of a panel whose expertise encompasses studio practice, art theory and art history.

The practice-led research project is accompanied by a 14,000 word exegesis for the MPhil and a 28,000 word exegesis for the PhD.

Research project in art history or art theory

Students develop a project under the supervision of a panel primarily located within the Centre for Art History and Art Theory. The research interests of the Centre’s staff can be found at

In the MPhil program students complete a thesis up to 60,000 words and in the PhD program a thesis up to 100,000 words.


Dr Charlotte Galloway - Senior Lecturer, Centre for Art History and Art Theory and Higher Degree Research Convenor

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