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International/EU: £14,895 per year
- Undertake supervised research into an approved fine art and design topic.
- Join the vibrant research community in the Culture & Creativity Research Institute.
- Benefit from sector-leading supervision, resources and research culture.
- Contribute to the centre’s research, of which 81% was deemed world-leading or internationally excellent in the UK’s most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014).
This course allows you to explore fine art and design topics in detail while studying the techniques required for effective, innovative and efficient research. You’ll benefit from excellent facilities, ongoing support and future career opportunities – all with sector-leading levels of student satisfaction.
Creative UK membership
We are members of Creative UK, which means our art and design students are also members until they graduate. With 10,000 members in its network, Creative UK represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries, advocating on the issues that matter the most to creative communities.
View our students' work
View our gallery of student work and learn more about the exciting projects they've been working on this year.
How you learn
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.
Your supervisory team will include a director of studies and one or more second supervisors with expertise in your research area. Much of the work for your degree will be carried out independently – so you’ll need plenty of initiative, motivation and commitment to succeed. Your supervisors will help you define your research programme, agree associated training requirements and direction, and encourage you to develop as an independent researcher.
You learn through
- supervised study
- independent research
- workshops and seminars
- mentoring sessions
Take a look at the department's Instagram to see what innovations and creations our students have been working on.
Course leaders and tutors
We recognise that research students arrive with a diversity of skills and experience – so we provide flexible training and development opportunities, covering a range of research-related skills. These include transferable skills, research ethics & integrity (mandatory), data management and career planning. Your development needs will be identified and agreed with your supervisory team at the start of your degree and reviewed as appropriate.
Projects often involve collaboration with respected national and international organisations. Recent partners include Sheffield Museums, S1 Artspace, Site Gallery, Bishops House, The Foundling Museum, The William Morris Gallery, the V&A, Freetown Christiania and Sheffield Hospitals Trust.
You’ll be part of the university's community of researchers, with opportunities to attend or contribute to a range of disciplines, college and university-wide presentations, training sessions and conferences.
This course prepares you for a career in
- fine art practice
- design management
- making or manufacturing
- company-employed design
- independent design practice
- design research
- art research
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to become professional practitioners, to work for international design companies and consultancies, and to gain PhD scholarships.
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
On this course you work with exceptional art and design facilities.
Please contact the relevant research area or centre to enquire about the entry requirements for this MPhil. Where English is not your first language, you must also show evidence of English language ability.
All applicants must submit a completed postgraduate application form including a 1500 word research proposal.
You are encouraged to find out more about our staff and their current research to inform the development of your research proposal and to ensure it aligns with our research themes. Find out more about the University’s research areas and staff or search for members of staff by keyword.
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK postgraduate research students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £4,596 per year. An additional bench fee may also be charged for this course, depending on the nature of your project and requirements for specialist facilities. Information on whether a bench fee is chargeable can be provided by the relevant Research Institute, and will be confirmed in your offer letter.
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Our tuition fee for International/EU postgraduate research students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,895 per year. There will be a final writing up fee of £500. An additional bench fee may also be charged for this course, depending on the nature of your project and requirements for specialist facilities. Information on whether a bench fee is chargeable can be provided by the relevant Research Institute, and will be confirmed in your offer letter.
Doctoral student loans
Up to £25,700 available to help you while you study a postgraduate doctoral course.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Art and design courses (PDF, 261.2KB)
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.