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What will I learn?

We welcome applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Art and Design.

Research at Worcester has grown significantly in recent years. We aim to produce research that is distinctive, socially and culturally relevant, and that influences national agendas. We continually strive to develop new areas of research excellence while, in certain areas, our work has already been acknowledged as world-leading.

The Illustration team have wide ranging expertise in illustration and popular image culture, including book illustration, street literature, narrative illustration and the cultural history of illustration. Our staff have particular expertise in Performance, Sound Art, and Installation.

Key features

Benefit from the International Centre for the Picture Book in Society and the peer reviewed Journal of Illustration, which are both based at the University of Worcester.

Available as a full-time or part-time course (completed over a maximum of six years).

Students are allocated a pathway appropriate to their research experience and background.

All students are offered a wide range of optional training workshops throughout the programme, focused around a range of themes.

Where could it take you?

All research students must engage with the Researcher Development Programme (RDP). This is a core curriculum of training and development which provides you with the general and subject-specific knowledge. You'll also gain the skills and behaviours needed to support you in the completion of your research degree.

At the beginning of the programme you will be required to complete a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) in conjunction with your Director of Studies. This identifies the training that you will need to undertake, in addition to the mandatory elements of RDP.

You'll need to complete this training in order to complete the programme and to become an effective researcher. This TNA is revisited at the beginning of each subsequent academic year.

All students are offered a wide range of optional training workshops throughout the programme focused around the following themes:

  • Developing and Managing Your Research
  • Dissemination, Impact, Engagement
  • Completing Your Research Degree
  • Research Methodology Master classes
  • Data Analysis
  • Research Funding
  • Wellbeing and Personal Effectiveness
  • Careers and Employability
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Which department am I in?

School of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£14,400.00 (US$ 16,440) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

2 October 2022, 1 February 2023


University of Worcester

Henwick Grove,



WR2 6AJ, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Students need Postgraduate Masters Degree in a discipline which is appropriate to the proposed programme of study; or First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent award in an appropriate discipline; or Research or professional experience at postgraduate level which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of achievement. For MPhil/PhD this is an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum score of 7.0 in Written English.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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