PhD Preparation course

PhD preparation course at London College of Fashion. Image: Döppeldecker II, study for metaphotography, English Channel (2013) Paul Bevan (original has been modified).
Döppeldecker II, study for metaphotography, English Channel (2013) Paul Bevan

Döppeldecker IIstudy for metaphotography, English Channel (2013) Paul Bevan

PhD Preparation Course at London College of Fashion. Image: Pattern Projection (2012) Rhian Solomon. Original has been modified.
Pattern Projection (2012) Rhian Solomon

Pattern Projection (2012) Rhian Solomon

PhD Preparation Course at London College of Fashion. Image: Natural Selection Sketchbook & Samples (2013) Liz Ciokajlo (photo: Stephanie Potter Corwin). Original has been modified.
Natural Selection Sketchbook & Samples (2013) Liz Ciokajlo (photo: Stephanie Potter Corwin). Original has been modified.

Natural Selection Sketchbook & Samples (2013) Liz Ciokajlo (photo: Stephanie Potter Corwin)

PhD Preparation Course at London College of Fashion. Image: Hemp Shoes (2013) Liz Ciokajlo (photo: Stephanie Potter Corwin). Original has been modified.
Hemp Shoes (2013) Liz Ciokajlo (photo: Stephanie Potter Corwin)

Hemp Shoes (2013) Liz Ciokajlo (photo: Stephanie Potter Corwin)

PhD Preparation Course at London College of Fashion. Body Cloth Film Still (2010) Rhian Solomon. Original has been modified.
Body Cloth Film Still (2010) Rhian Solomon

Body Cloth Film Still (2010) Rhian Solomon

PhD Preparation Course at London College of Fashion. Image: Strawberry Growing at Farndon Fields (2014) Reiner Rockel. Original has been modified.
Strawberry Growing at Farndon Fields (2014) Reiner Rockel

Self-regulating, knitted fabric system capable of moisture harvesting to establish an aeroponic micro-environment sustaining plant life (2014) Reiner Rockel

PhD Preparation Course at London College of Fashion. Image: Window on 44th St., study for metaphotography, New York (2014) Paul Bevan. Original has been modified.
Window on 44th St., study for metaphotography, New York (2014) Paul Bevan

Window on 44th St., study for metaphotography, New York (2014) Paul Bevan

PhD Preparation Course at London College of Fashion. Image: Baja California (2003) Reiner Rockel. Original has been modified.
Baja California (2003) Reiner Rockel. Original has been modified.

Baja California (2003) Reiner Rockel

PhD preparation course at London College of Fashion. Image: Towards a Practice of Undoing (a sketch), video still (2015) Lara Torres. Original has been modified.
Towards a Practice of Undoing (a sketch), video still (2015) Lara Torres

Towards a Practice of Undoing (a sketch), video still (2015) Lara Torres

Pattern Cutting Workshop for Surgeons (2013) Rhian Solomon (Photo by Rhian Solomon). Original has been modified.
Pattern Cutting Workshop for Surgeons (2013) Rhian Solomon

Pattern Cutting Workshop for Surgeons (2013) Rhian Solomon

Manchu Shoes Felt (2012) Liz Ciokajilo (Photo: Stephanie Potter Corwin). Original has been modified.
Manchu Shoes Felt (2012) Liz Ciokajilo (Photo: Stephanie Potter Corwin)

Manchu Shoes Felt (2012) Liz Ciokajilo (Photo: Stephanie Potter Corwin)

For the Time Being, Interaktionslabor X (2013) Michèle Danjoux. Vanessa Michielon in Red Micro Dress with 'Futurian' Emi Watanabe in Background on Flute Wearing Sounding Chest Plate, Act II. (photo © Michèle Danjoux). Original has been modified.
For the Time Being, Interaktionslabor X (2013) Michèle Danjoux

For the Time Being, Interaktionslabor X (2013) Michèle Danjoux

Preparing for the Level of Doctoral Studies at London College of Fashion - history, theory and practice

This pioneering course will prepare you for the challenges of progressing from postgraduate taught studies to independent research at MPhil and PhD levels as well as acknowledging the benefits that industry experience may bring to research study and vice versa.

You will be provided with a personalised programme of work that prepares you for studying at MPhil or PhD level in the UK. It will help you to understand the aims, expectations and requirements of MPhil and PhD programmes and to define a research project.

Upon consultation with your tutor you will also be directed towards a range of classes, lectures, seminars, and other talks and events, which will allow you to mix with other LCF students and researchers and better understand the British academic system as well as experience the expansive range of disciplines, theories and methods pertaining to the study and wider practices of fashion: performance; design; artefact; psychology; cosmetic science; social sciences; sustainable design; curation; cultural studies; creative branding and marketing; film, media and digital production and cultures.

This course is based at London College of Fashion, part of the University of the Arts London (UAL).  UAL’s research was recently assessed as being 83% world leading and international in the UK Research Excellence Framework (2014) for Art & Design, History, Practice, Theory.  Consequently UAL is ranked a top 5 research university in its broader peer group in the UK and first in the Power Ranking for Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory category.

LCF’s PhD student cohort consists of approximately 60 PhD students, 50% UK and 50% international, including from Japan, Brazil, India, Saudi Arabia, Korea, and across the EU.

Course Outline

Due to the personalised nature of this course, the start date will be a discussion between you and the research team.  The course will run for 6 months, and can be all based in London or can be split between London and your home country (this option will be assessed individually).

This course includes:

TimeTypeFurther Information
6 hours per monthOne-to-one tutorials
  • 4 hours one-to-one with allocated tutor
  • 2 hours one-to-one with a dedicated PhD Coordinator
4 hours per monthAcademic writing classesIncluding English for academic purposes, with the aim to develop an MPhil/PhD application proposal
8 hours per monthPhD research daysOpportunity for you to meet with existing PhD students, and familiarise yourself with the structure and requirements of the PhD programme and the LCF research environment, including Research Centres, Hubs and LCF Professors, Readers, and Research Fellows
UnlimitedWeekly lecturesSelected from a portfolio of units taught at LCF

Course Outputs

Outputs:

  • Two or three 1-1,500 word essays (months 1 & 2)
  • One 5-7,000 word essay (months 3-5)
  • An MPhil/PhD proposal for application (month 6)
  • Research presentation

Testimonials

Having direct experience of supported research study altered my perception of PhD and the challenges, which are very different to MA taught study.  Essay writing at an academic research level, followed by development of the PhD proposal for application meant I was PhD ready and this helped greatly working towards PhD completion, which I now realise can be an issue.  I also so enjoyed being a part of the wider research student culture, networking across other colleges in the University and with partner institutions in London through lectures and events.  An overall invaluable experience I would highly recommend to anyone looking to become a research student with an academic or industry future in mind."

Final year PhD student, Saudi Arabia, LCF, UAL (2015)

Academic Expertise

Please note: The course will not be credit bearing; students will receive a certificate of attendance if they meet all of the course outcomes. The work will not be marked but you will receive iterative formative assessment and feedback throughout. Completion of this course does not guarantee you a place on a PhD programme. The course will also give you the option to apply to study for an MPhil or MA Research by Project.