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UAL postgraduate research studentships

University of the Arts London offers 6 PhD studentships in arts, design, and communication that embody our commitment to making the world a better place through creativity, embedding social purpose in all that we do.


Please refer to the studentship briefs below.


We invite applications for 6 PhD studentships at University of the Arts London.

As Grayson Perry (UAL Chancellor until 2023) has said: UAL is “the world’s biggest factory for making trouble” and our doctoral researchers are no exception.

Working in partnership with external organisations, the 6 research projects are designed to make a difference. At UAL you can pursue practice or theoretical approaches to research. We encourage applicants to consider:

  • what they bring to the project,
  • how they will meet the research aims,
  • and how they will activate the named projects in creative and meaningful ways.

At UAL, we offer expert supervision, an extensive researcher development programme and access to our specialist facilities. We support our PhD researchers to:

  • become cultural change-makers,
  • implement their work in academic, professional and community contexts
  • realise the potential of arts and design to address societal concerns and make a difference.

All PhD researchers at UAL are required to take part in researcher development and training, including mandatory elements. Studentship holders will be expected to engage with, and initiate, activities that benefit the doctoral research community.

Studentship briefs

Find out more about eligibility, supervisory teams, partnership and further information for each studentship:

For questions about these studentships, please get in touch:


Applicants for this Studentship should first read the studentship brief and selection criteria in respective document. In selecting applicants, the panel will be looking for skills and experience that directly address the themes and concerns outlined.

All applications for these studentship must be received by UAL, by 20 May 2024.

All applicants must:

  • Submit UAL online PhD application to the College where the project is based (details outlined in briefs)
  • Quote the project title and reference in application
  • Include a personal statement of up to 1 side of A4, demonstrating: what they will bring to the project, how it fits with their skills, previous experience and interests.
  • Upload their CV to the UAL online application system
  • Include a project proposal addressing the project brief and applicant's particular emphasis or approach. Details for project proposals are outlined in the briefs.

Application timeline

  • Application deadline: 20 May 2024
  • Enrolment with UAL: September 2024
  • Interviews: June 2024
  • Offers: June/July 2024

Receiving payment

  • The studentships cover fees at the UK Home rate and a tax-free stipend at the UKRI rate for 3 years full time or 6 years part time, pro rata for part-time (2024/25 full time rate £21,237).
  • Students with an ‘overseas’ fee status can apply but will need to cover the difference between the UK and overseas fees rate (2024 home rate £6,300/overseas £25,060) and will be required to reside in the UK until completion of the PhD.
  • Students will be eligible to apply to the Student Support fund to support their research.


If you have questions or need help, please contact us using our student enquiry form.

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