Doctoral Programme

The CREAM doctoral programme hosts a thriving international community of researchers exploring issues in art and design, film, photography, moving image, ceramics, cultural studies, art and technology/science, and music.

PhD standard route

We offer opportunities for either practice-based or theory focused doctoral projects that expand and challenge the boundaries of their subject.

A theory-only PhD submission consists of an original contribution to knowledge in the form of a written thesis of approximately 80,000 words. The practice-based route consists of a thesis of 40,000 words plus an exhibition of artwork or other media completed during the period of research that together demonstrate an original contribution to knowledge. Doctoral researchers are supported by our specialist supervisory teams and through the provision of tailored research methods courses. The PhD can be studied in either full-time or part-time modes.

CREAM offers a limited number of competitive scholarships for students wishing to pursue doctoral studies.

Find out more about the current research studentships.

PhD by publication

Additionally mid-career artists and researchers may apply for a PhD by published work. Submissions for this award will consist of coherent body of work, which is of the same quality, rigour, and volume as required of a standard PhD in your field and which constitutes an original contribution to knowledge. This may take the form of published papers or writing, artefacts (artworks, compositions, architecture) or a combination. For submission this work is supplemented by a written commentary of not more than 10,000 words that describes the aims of the research and incorporates an analysis of its results and conclusions. Researchers are supported by a supervisory team and have access to our research methods courses. PhD by publication is available as a part-time mode only.


Facilities include designated doctoral rooms extensive library facilities, research training, language courses, as well as studio and laboratory access. Students are part of the Research Centre and, along with staff, take part in regular workshops and seminars including bi-yearly student research symposia. A number of exhibition venues are also available to showcase research projects including P3 at Marylebone Campus and the Harrow Gallery space.


After graduating CREAM students have pursued successful careers in academia, the arts, media, galleries and museums. CREAM students have been successful with follow-on funding from the AHRC, Leverhulme and British Council and as independent artists, writers and filmmakers have been recognised with numerous awards, screenings and exhibitions at major international venues.

Further information

PhD enquiries should be referred to:
E: [email protected] 

Current graduate students should contact:


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Research degrees

We offer a diverse and highly regarded research degree programme reinforced by our Graduate School.

Research Areas

CREAM is one of the UKs leading centres for research in visual and media arts, design and and music.