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Research degrees

Find out about the benefits of studying a research degree at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon.

Research supervision

Through the combined work of the professors, readers and researchers and the subject expertise of our staff, we are able to offer an exciting and rigorous experience for our research degree students.

We have staff supervising research degrees in fields including fine art, design, curating and performance.

Find the right supervisor by taking a look at the list of Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon research supervisors and their subject areas.

Research Centres

The following UAL research centres are based at Chelsea College of Arts:

Developing research careers

There are a number of ways we help students to develop their careers as researchers:

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant - this scheme offers Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon PhD students the opportunity to teach on selected undergraduate and postgraduate courses across the 3 colleges
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships - the fellowships offer early career researchers the opportunity to progress their careers and to acquire new skills, such as bid development, working as a co-investigator

Research student programme

We offers a regular programme of seminars for research students. These seminars provide a context for discussing all aspects of the MPhil / PhD, with an emphasis on the integration of practice within that process. Sessions include the first year seminar series, Reflections on the Viva and How to Present Oral and Visual Material.

Student exhibition

In the first year, research degree students at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon have the opportunity to lead and take part in an annual exhibition.

Completed research degrees

You can read the title and thesis summary of completed PhD or MPhil degree students on UAL Research Online. The summary is contained within the details tab of each thesis.

We are particularly interested in PhD research proposals relating to the following areas:

  • Practice-led and textual research on design in its' social contexts
  • Practice-led and textual research on archives and collections
  • Research into sustainability and resilience in art and design practice
  • Research within the field of fine art painting
  • Research on moving image in the context of art and design practice
  • Interdisciplinary research on drawing
  • Investigations of the past and future of art and design institutions
  • Radical and experimental pedagogy in art and design