PhD Research Methods Preparation Course
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.
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:
|6 hours per month||One-to-one tutorials|
|4 hours per month||Academic writing classes||Including English for academic purposes, with the aim to develop an MPhil/PhD application proposal|
|8 hours per month||PhD research days||Opportunity 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|
|Unlimited||Weekly lectures||Selected from a portfolio of units taught at LCF|
- 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
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)
In my six months on the PhD preparation course at London College of Fashion, I grew on both an intellectual and creative level, accumulating not just specific knowledge of my subject area, but a range of attributes to think critically and constructively as a researcher. With the help of my supervision team, I was able to further develop my research idea, which resulted in a unique and viable doctoral research project. Upon completion of the programme, I proved to both myself and to others that I have the preservation, initiative and intellectual creativity necessary to study at a doctorate level of academia.”
PhD Preparation Course student, LCF, UAL (2016)
Social & Cultural Studies
|Dr Djurdja Bartlett, Professor Reina Lewis , Dr Shaun Cole , Dr Agnès Rocamora|
Film & Performance
Business Management & Aesthetics
Visual Art & Design Practice
Cosmetic Science & Wellbeing
Sustainable Design & Environment
Digital and Design Futures
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.