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PhD Research Degree

Centre for Chinese Visual Arts welcomes PhD research degree applications from international and home students, where studies are individually tailored for each student and developed with an appropriate supervisory team. Either full-time (3-years) or part-time (up to 7-years), studies can be theoretical or part-theoretical and part-practical. Part-theoretical and part-practical students are expected to present a satisfactory thesis together with a series of creative/visual works. 

As part of the application process, students are asked to submit a proposal. Upon enrolment students are required to satisfactorily complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice in Art and Design in order to be registered with the University. PhD research degree students are encouraged to engage with the work of the CCVA including the Annual Conferences and Symposia, and participate in the Faculty research seminars. 

We welcome the development of PhD research degrees by distance learning, supported and assisted by the CCVA’s international partnership organisations in China. Each student with distant learning mode will be supported by a Director of Study provided by Birmingham City University, and one or two supervisor(s) from its International Partnership. The student must have sufficient command of the English language to satisfactorily complete the programme of work and to prepare and defend their thesis in English. Both Director of Study and supervisor(s) would be required to submit records of tutorials and an annual report on the progress of the doctoral study in English. Students will be awarded their degree by Birmingham City University.


AHRC funding for UK/EU doctoral students


Birmingham City University is part of the Midlands4Cities. As part of the programme, postgraduate research studentships are available to arts and humanities doctoral researchers across six institutions, including fully-funded PhDs. Find out more about Midlands4Cities.