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 Roshini Kempadoo who can be contacted by email at [email protected] or by phone at +44 (0)20 3506 8479.

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 now
MPhil/PhD Creative Media P052451 Apply now
MPhil/PhD Film P052455 Apply now
MPhil/PhD Photography P052459 Apply now
MPhil/PhD Visual Arts P052463 Apply now

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 now
MPhil/PhD Creative Media by Distance Learning P052452 Apply now
MPhil/PhD Film by Distance Learning P052456 Apply now
MPhil/PhD Photography by Distance Learning  P052460 Apply now
MPhil/PhD Visual Arts by Distance Learning P052464  Apply now

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 now
PhD by Published Work Creative Media P052454  Apply now
PhD by Published Work Film P052458 Apply now
PhD by Published Work Photography P052462 Apply now
PhD by Published Work Visual Arts P052466 Apply now


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

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