PhD Study

PhD Study

Postgraduate research at LICA is supervised by internationally renowned, interdisciplinary and disciplinary specific staff, from design, film, fine art and theatre. Our research creates, examines and responds to new thinking in the arts and design sphere with a number of PhD’s creating publicly engaged, vibrant and ambitious work.

Postgraduate students participate in sites of rigorous experimentation and are encouraged to develop research through processes of making, thinking, writing, analysis and speculative study.

As an interdisciplinary Arts Institute we encourage PhDs to reach out to different researchers in our community and develop mentors to support them throughout the development of their postgraduate career.

We also have established relationships across the North West of England with a variety of Art and Design organisations allowing us to support the development of residency programs or in house work experience, ensuring expert skills development for future careers in the Arts and Design.

Finally, LICA has two incredibly strong research collectives, Insight and Imagination, PhD students are encouraged to become members of these research hubs. Both Insight and Imagination create spaces and opportunities for collaboration on projects, funded research and campus based research activities.

Funding

Faculty Scholarships

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to offer a number of Faculty Scholarships to outstanding UK, EU and Overseas applicants wishing to study for a Masters degree, a Masters Degree followed by a PhD (“1+3”), or for a PhD degree within the Faculty.

If you are considering a PhD within LICA we are particularly looking for candidates who will pursue a research with us in any of the following topics:

 

Art, Contemporary Art

Design

  • Sensory Arts; Art & Mobilities;
  • Drawing in the Expanded Field;
  • Aesthetic Education and the Value of the Arts
  • Health and Wellbeing;
  • The Nature of Design;
  • and Technology and Society

Film

Theatre

  • Cinema and politics
  • Film theory
  • Asian cinema
  • Hollywood cinema and American culture
  • British cinema
  • Film and media cultures
  • Performance and the Digital
  • Performance as Collaborative Process
  • Text and Theatricality
  • Dance, Performance and the Gallery
  • Theatres of Equality/Diversity

Please take a look at our Staff Profile pages to find out more about the research interests and publications of possible supervisory staff.

If we award you a place to study with us you may be eligible for our faculty scholarships. We nominate a number of our best prospective students for the annual allocation of faculty scholarships. The criteria for selection includes:

  • Quality of proposal
  • Quality of application
  • Good fit with our research agenda

Applicants wishing to be considered for these awards should complete the Faculty Scholarship FASS Funding Application Form‌ and send it to LICA Postgraduate coordinator by Friday 1st March 2019.  All applicants must already hold an offer of a place to study in Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts before applying for a scholarship, and be due to commence their studies during the 2018-19 academic year.

A variety of scholarships will be awarded ranging from fee bursaries to fee bursaries plus maintenance grants up to the value of £15,000.

Deadline: 5:00pm on Friday 1st March 2019

Application Process

You cannot be considered for a scholarship unless you also have been offered a place on the course, so you must submit an online application form in plenty of time. To apply for a course, please follow directions on the How to Apply page. We suggest you submit your application to study with us by 19th January 2019 if you wish to be considered for any University funding, so that we can process your application in time for the funding deadline.

To apply for funding you must complete the FASS Funding Application Form‌ and email it to Katharine Bennett, LICA Postgraduate coordinator, no later than 1st March 2019:

Terms and Conditions

Eligibility: All full-time and part-time students with an offer of a place of study

Applications for Postgraduate Scholarships can be made in all departments and their disciplines.

For more information and terms and conditions please visit the faculty funding pages.

Contact

If you have any questions regarding this funding please contact Katharine Bennett, LICA Postgraduate coordinator

If you have questions about the selection process please contact Dr Linda O KeeffeLICA Postgraduate Director

University Scholarships

To help with study and living costs, Lancaster University offers postgraduates a range of scholarships, studentships and bursaries. Full details of the alumni scholarship and other University funded opportunities can be found on the Lancaster University funding page.

Other

Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

In association with the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP), each year Lancaster University invites applications from outstanding candidates for AHRC Doctoral Studentships. The NWCDTP expects to make approximately fifty awards across the whole range of arts and humanities subjects. A small number of these are likely to be for Masters study by candidates who show exceptional potential for doctoral research.

For further information please see the AHRC Studentships page.


University Funding Opportunities

In additional to the listed funding opportunities there are a number of full and partial bursaries offered by Lancaster University. Details of all such funding opportunities are available on the Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages and in a searchable database on the Student Services website.


UK Students

Information about funding opportunities for UK students, including Professional and Career Development Loans and Government Funding, is available from the Student Based Services website.


International Students

A number of funding opportunities are available for international students through the British Council, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

  • Faculty Scholarships

    Faculty Scholarships

    The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to offer a number of Faculty Scholarships to outstanding UK, EU and Overseas applicants wishing to study for a Masters degree, a Masters Degree followed by a PhD (“1+3”), or for a PhD degree within the Faculty.

    If you are considering a PhD within LICA we are particularly looking for candidates who will pursue a research with us in any of the following topics:

     

    Art, Contemporary Art

    Design

    • Sensory Arts; Art & Mobilities;
    • Drawing in the Expanded Field;
    • Aesthetic Education and the Value of the Arts
    • Health and Wellbeing;
    • The Nature of Design;
    • and Technology and Society

    Film

    Theatre

    • Cinema and politics
    • Film theory
    • Asian cinema
    • Hollywood cinema and American culture
    • British cinema
    • Film and media cultures
    • Performance and the Digital
    • Performance as Collaborative Process
    • Text and Theatricality
    • Dance, Performance and the Gallery
    • Theatres of Equality/Diversity

    Please take a look at our Staff Profile pages to find out more about the research interests and publications of possible supervisory staff.

    If we award you a place to study with us you may be eligible for our faculty scholarships. We nominate a number of our best prospective students for the annual allocation of faculty scholarships. The criteria for selection includes:

    • Quality of proposal
    • Quality of application
    • Good fit with our research agenda

    Applicants wishing to be considered for these awards should complete the Faculty Scholarship FASS Funding Application Form‌ and send it to LICA Postgraduate coordinator by Friday 1st March 2019.  All applicants must already hold an offer of a place to study in Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts before applying for a scholarship, and be due to commence their studies during the 2018-19 academic year.

    A variety of scholarships will be awarded ranging from fee bursaries to fee bursaries plus maintenance grants up to the value of £15,000.

    Deadline: 5:00pm on Friday 1st March 2019

    Application Process

    You cannot be considered for a scholarship unless you also have been offered a place on the course, so you must submit an online application form in plenty of time. To apply for a course, please follow directions on the How to Apply page. We suggest you submit your application to study with us by 19th January 2019 if you wish to be considered for any University funding, so that we can process your application in time for the funding deadline.

    To apply for funding you must complete the FASS Funding Application Form‌ and email it to Katharine Bennett, LICA Postgraduate coordinator, no later than 1st March 2019:

    Terms and Conditions

    Eligibility: All full-time and part-time students with an offer of a place of study

    Applications for Postgraduate Scholarships can be made in all departments and their disciplines.

    For more information and terms and conditions please visit the faculty funding pages.

    Contact

    If you have any questions regarding this funding please contact Katharine Bennett, LICA Postgraduate coordinator

    If you have questions about the selection process please contact Dr Linda O KeeffeLICA Postgraduate Director

  • University Scholarships

    University Scholarships

    To help with study and living costs, Lancaster University offers postgraduates a range of scholarships, studentships and bursaries. Full details of the alumni scholarship and other University funded opportunities can be found on the Lancaster University funding page.

  • Other

    Other

    Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

    In association with the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP), each year Lancaster University invites applications from outstanding candidates for AHRC Doctoral Studentships. The NWCDTP expects to make approximately fifty awards across the whole range of arts and humanities subjects. A small number of these are likely to be for Masters study by candidates who show exceptional potential for doctoral research.

    For further information please see the AHRC Studentships page.


    University Funding Opportunities

    In additional to the listed funding opportunities there are a number of full and partial bursaries offered by Lancaster University. Details of all such funding opportunities are available on the Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages and in a searchable database on the Student Services website.


    UK Students

    Information about funding opportunities for UK students, including Professional and Career Development Loans and Government Funding, is available from the Student Based Services website.


    International Students

    A number of funding opportunities are available for international students through the British Council, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Lancaster Arts

One of the unique aspects about studying the arts at Lancaster is the professional arts organisation, Lancaster Arts. As a contemporary arts student you will be able to see, hear, and experience a diverse range of contemporary exhibitions and performances.

How to Apply

Application Process

Applications for postgraduate study at Lancaster are made directly to the university via our dedicated postgraduate admissions website. Online applications are available at MyLancaster admissions portal which provides full details of what you need to include with your application. These will usually include:

  • transcripts of previous higher education (college/university) degrees or other courses that you have completed/for which you are currently studying. Note that, for transcripts in languages other than English, a certified English translation will be required.
  • 2 references, at least one must be an academic reference.
  • for those for whom English is not their first language, copies of English language test results. The English Language requirements for LICA Postgraduate students are 6.5 IELTS (or equivalent) overall with a minimum of 6.0 IELTS (or equivalent) in all components.

Once your application has been received by the Postgraduate Admissions Office it will be checked to ensure all required documents have been submitted and it will then be passed on to the Department for consideration. You may be contacted by the Postgraduate Admissions Office or the Department to discuss your application further.

Additional Requirements by Scheme

  • In addition to the above requirements we require a PhD Proposal Form. Once completed, please upload your proposal form to your online application.
  • Practice based Research applicants are also required to submit a portfolio.

Portfolios

If you are applying for a Practice based Research PhD you will need to submit a portfolio with your application.

What can I submit as a portfolio? The preferred submission would be an uploaded document to your application, for example a pdf or a small music or video file. If it is not possible to upload your portfolio then we will accept the following formats:

  • DVD in a readable format
  • CD in a readable format
  • Book/bound portfolio (paperback or hardback)
  • A link to an online video site (such as YouTube) if the video quality is very good

What we will not accept as a portfolio:

  • A link to an online video site (such as YouTube) if the video quality is poor/average
  • A poor quality submission that does not allow the Department to clearly see/hear a demonstration of your practical work.

Personal Statement Guidance

Applicants are required to complete a Personal Statement (minimum 100 words) as part of the application process. Please use the following guidance on how to complete the Personal Statement in your own words:

  • Why did you choose Lancaster University and the course you are applying for?
  • What makes you a suitable candidate for the course you are applying for?
  • What can you contribute to the course?
  • What benefits do you expect to gain from the course?
  • How is the course related to your academic and/or career development.

Deadline for your application

The deadline for applications is 31 August for UK/EU applicants and 31 July for Overseas applicants. However, if you are applying for funding you will need to apply at least 6 weeks before the funding body's deadline.

For more information on University run visit days please see Postgraduate Open Days

Fees

Information on tuition fees please see Postgraduate fees & Funding. Tuition fees usually increase annually and fees for the next academic year are announced in the Spring.

When you apply, you will need to indicate your likely source of financial support during your studies. You should therefore investigate possible sources of finance as soon as you can.

Accommodation

Applications for accommodation open in the Spring. Students who have accepted a place on a course will receive an email inviting them to create an account and then apply for accommodation. You must have confirmed your place with the University before you are able to make an application.

For more information on Postgraduate accommodation please visit the Lancaster University Accommodation Website

For course enquiries, please contact:

LICA Postgraduate Coordinator
LICA Building 
Lancaster University
Lancaster
LA1 4YW
United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)1524 510899
E: lica-pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

For admissions enquiries, please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions
FASS Building
Lancaster University
Lancaster
LA1 4YD
United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)1524 510880
E: fass-pg-admissions@lancaster.ac.uk