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Postgraduate research

Postgraduate research

Postgraduate research gives you the opportunity to make a real impact and become an innovator in your chosen field. 

The postgraduate research programme at the Culture and Creativity Research Institute helps develop you into a self-reliant, effective and confident researcher, capable of engaging others and communicating your research to a range of audiences. You will become a member of a vibrant, interdisciplinary community of researchers and benefit from supervision by experienced, active researchers.

In the 2013 national Postgraduate Research Experience Survey, C3RI – the precursor to the Culture and Creativity Research Institute – was proud to achieve an overall 94% satisfaction rating, with students agreeing that their confidence to be creative or innovative has developed thanks to our supervision. Our current students have access to world-class facilities and are pursuing an exciting range of research projects in fine art and design, communication, media and information management.

There are opportunities to conduct research within the context of the institute's existing interdisciplinary projects, in collaboration with academic and non-academic partners and stake holders. The institute is a partner in the AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Heritage, reflecting our multidisciplinary expertise in digital cultural heritage, interaction design and community engagement with heritage.

Research degrees

You may study full-time or part-time for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Master of Philosophy (MPhil). Your PhD can be written as a traditional monograph or as an 'article-based' thesis, where scholarly articles published during the PhD research are submitted alongside a shorter written thesis. We also offer the opportunity to undertake practice-led research, in which creative work forms a significant part of the enquiry and where the body of creative work undertaken as part of the PhD is documented and submitted alongside the thesis.

Doctorates are awarded to students who have critically investigated an approved topic, resulting in an independent and original contribution to knowledge, and who have demonstrated an advanced understanding of research methods appropriate to their field.

For further information on our staff and doctoral research activities, please visit the C3RI Impact Blog or contact

Kathy Doherty (Head of Postgraduate Research)
Phone 0114 225 6788

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