The Westminster School of Arts is home to the Centre for Research and Education in Art and Media (CREAM), one of the most successful and highly rated Arts research centres in the UK. In the Research Exercise Framework 2014 CREAM achieved the highest ranking of any institution for a broad range of art and design research, with 45% of its research judged to be ‘world-leading’ and 63% deemed to be ‘world-leading’ in its impact.

CREAM has a portfolio of research across the disciplines of ceramics, visual arts, photography, film, experimental media, music and fashion. CREAM has 30 researchers and over 50 PhD students and is London’s leading research centre in visual and media arts, design and music and one of the top 6 such centres in the UK. Approximately half of CREAM PhD students are undertaking practice-based degrees.

As a CREAM doctoral researcher, you will join and participate in a lively programme of seminars and visiting speakers, ground-breaking conferences and symposia in collaboration with other institutions. CREAM has been a key participant in debates on practice-based research in audio-visual media and was a founding member of the AHRC-funded initiative, AVPhD.

How to apply

The Director of the CREAM PhD programme is Dr Lucy Reynolds who can be contacted by email at [email protected].

You can read more about our application process and entry requirements on our How to apply page.

Apply via UCAS

Course title UCAS code Apply now
MPhil/PhD Music P052447 Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Music
MPhil/PhD Creative Media P052451 Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Creative Media
MPhil/PhD Film P052455 Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Film
MPhil/PhD Photography P052459 Apply nowGo to [title] page
MPhil/PhD Visual Arts P052463 Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Visual Arts

Distance learning

If you intend to apply for a research degree by distance-learning, you will need to demonstrate that you have appropriate local support for the duration of registration – please refer to the information on our distance learning page.

Course title UCAS code Apply now
MPhil/PhD Music by Distance Learning P052448 Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Music by Distance Learning
MPhil/PhD Creative Media by Distance Learning P052452 Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Creative Media by Distance Learning
MPhil/PhD Film by Distance Learning P052456 Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Film by Distance Learning
MPhil/PhD Photography by Distance Learning P052460 Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Photography by Distance Learning
MPhil/PhD Visual Arts by Distance Learning P052464  Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Visual Arts by Distance Learning

PhD by published work

If you intend to apply for PhD by Published Work please refer to the information on our PhD by published work page as the application process differs from the normal MPhil/PhD. Before applying, you should first make contact with the relevant academic for an informal discussion of your publications. You should only submit a formal application at this stage.

Course title UCAS code Apply now
PhD by Published Work Music P052450 Apply nowApply for PhD by Published Work Music
PhD by Published Work Creative Media P052454  Apply nowApply for PhD by Published Work Creative Media
PhD by Published Work Film P052458 Apply nowApply for PhD by Published Work Film
PhD by Published Work Photography P052462 Apply nowApply for PhD by Published Work Photography
PhD by Published Work Visual Arts P052466 Apply nowApply for PhD by Published Work Visual Arts

Studentships

The Graduate School and each of the academic schools at the University of Westminster are committed to doctoral programmes which encourage and make possible excellent research. As part of this, we are committed to offering a range of studentships. 

Studentships currently available:

Find out about current studentships being offered across the university on our Studentships page.

Research centres and groups