Research Degrees


​Welcome to the Research Degrees web pages at Cardiff School of Art and Design (CSAD). On these pages, you’ll find details about the range of art and design subjects in which CSAD offers research degrees, the research interests of our supervisors, and examples of recent graduate research. If you’re thinking about doing a research degree but not sure if it’s for you, then you can find out what the benefits and advantages of research are, and reasons for choosing CSAD as the place to do it. Finally, you’ll find details about how to approach us informally with questions and expressions of interest, the formal application process, the cost of fees, and a survey of funding opportunities.

The School welcomes research degree applications in the following fields:
advanced prototype design / art history, theory and philosophy ­/ art science collaboration / ceramics / design history, theory and philosophy / creative digital technology / ecological building practices / embodied interaction / fine art / sensory design / transdisciplinary and speculative research / Engineering – Building Services, Environmental, Energy / Sustainable Built Environment / Architecture and Architectural Design Technology .

Through its research, CSAD aims to generate new knowledge and understanding of art and design, and to contribute to the creative industries, the cultural sector, manufacturing, the professions and the community. Furthermore, the School is a founding member of the Wales Institute of Research in Art and Design (WIRAD), allowing the research experience of its students and supervisors to be enhanced through cross-School collaboration and exchange.

CSAD provides opportunities to undertake supervised research that lead to the awards of Master of Philosophy (MPhil; 1-2 years full-time, 2-5 years part-time) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD; 3-4 years full time, 4-7 years part time) or Professional Doctorate in Art & Design Practice, or Engineering, or Sustainable Built Environment (3-5 years part time). The awards of MPhil and PhD are achieved through a sustained piece of original investigative research leading to a thesis which can be theoretical or practice-based. The awards of Professional Doctorate are achieved through sustained and original investigation into a change in practice or a change to an organisation, or both, and has taught and research elements with for four modules leading to a final report. More information on Professional Doctorates in the school here.

The School welcomes research degree applications in the following fields: art, design, design technologies, the history and theory of art and design, architectural technology, engineering, and sustainable built environment. It is also keen to promote interdisciplinary research between art and design, engineering, built environment and other fields of practice or enquiry.