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University of the Arts London

London, United Kingdom

Research degrees were awarded already in the 1990s as London Institute, first with CNAA, then with accreditation through Open University. UAL is an independent university since 2004, bringing together six major London art colleges. In 2009 a graduate school was created at the Camberwell, Chelsea, and Wimbledon Colleges (C-C-W), creating a specific institutional frame for approx. half of the university's research.

Fine Art, Design, Media, Fashion, Conservation

Phd, MPhil. UAL has sometimes awarded Mphils when a Phd was applied for.

Number of third cycle students
170 (80 of which in CCW)

Research at UAL is principally conducted through the UAL's six colleges, and doctoral students are admitted through them. Research centres and networks operate either within or accross the colleges:
  • CRiSaP (Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice)
  • Ligatus (book conservation and bookbinding)
  • SCIRIA (Sensory Computer Interface Research & Innovation for the Arts)
  • TrAIN (Transnational Art, Identity and Nation)
  • ICFAR (International Center for Fine Art Research)
  • TFRC (Textile Futures Research Centre)
  • PARC (Photography and the Archive Research Centre)
  • DAC (Design Against Crime)

A master's degree, although the normal minimum entry requirement for a research degree is an upper second class honours degree of a British University or recognised institution of higher education.
In some instances, applicants without this requirement may be considered if they can demonstrate appropriate alternative qualifications, professional experience or previous research. Those for whom English is not a first language have to pass an International English Language Test.

Publications and conferences
Research news and events are on In May 2012, UAL is hosting the 2nd SHARE conference. Although the Graduate School and the research centres facilitate events and publications, there is no specific series of either devoted to the University’s artistic research.

2 to 3 supervisors. UAL makes a strong distinction between taught degrees and research degrees.

Study Fees
Tuition fees for 2009 - 2010:
Full-time students:          Home and EU £ 4,390           Overseas £ 13,300
Part-time students:          Home and EU £ 2,195
For students who are also employed as staff by the University of the Arts London, the employing College may pay their fees from the Staff Development Budget.

Funding and stipendia
AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) is the main source of funding.
UAL also funds a small number of studentships each year for which home and EU applicants can apply.  There is a UAL International Graduate Scholarship of £ 12500 per year.
There is a small internal budget, depending on how many students are enrolled. Students can apply for internal means of funding.