Research Degrees

Falmouth offers both theoretical and practice-based research programmes leading to a PhD or MPhil, currently awarded through our partnership with University of the Arts London.

We also regularly advertise a range of fully-funded research studentships 

We welcome applications for PhD or MPhil in any field of study that aligns to one or more of the University's research programmes. Read our guidance on how to apply for step by step instructions on submitting your proposal.

Course outline

The format of study for a research degree (MPhil/PhD) is very different from a taught degree. As a research student you will engage in a programme of independent research and/or creative work, with guidance from your supervisors. Meetings with supervisors take place at regular intervals throughout the registration period. During the first year of enrolment you will participate in an induction programme, undertake training in research methods and attend a series of seminars on research in your field. Workshops will also be provided on topics such as preparing a research proposal, presentation skills and writing skills. Full details on the Research Student Development Programme (RSDP) are available in the Falmouth Research Degrees Handbook.

A PhD is awarded in recognition of the creation and interpretation of new knowledge through original research or other advanced scholarship.

An MPhil degree is awarded in recognition of a systematic, well documented and well-argued study, which should demonstrate adequate knowledge and understanding, critical evaluation and discussion of a field of study.

Duration of study


PhDMaximum length 4 years
MPhilMaximum length 3 years


PhDMaximum length 8 years
MPhilMaximum length 6 years



2018-19 full-time UK/EU£4,400
2018-19 part-time UK/EU£2,200
2018-19 full-time international£12,000
2018-19 full-time and part time writing up fee£250


Research degree students at Falmouth benefit from the Research Student Development Programme (RSDP) which offers research students support and ongoing training to enhance their studies and future careers as researchers. Our postgraduate Research Student Development Programme will help you identify the appropriate research methods for your chosen subject, and help you plan and structure your project. We also support practice-led research in which your own creative practice plays a role, and documented creative work can contribute to your final thesis, alongside a written component.

Research students work alongside postdoctoral Research Fellows and a steady flow of international visiting researchers. All regularly share their enquiry through a lively and engaging programme of lectures, performances, readings, concerts and a variety of other activities. In addition, our cross-institutional programme enables researchers in all fields to share their work and ideas.

Falmouth University research degrees are awarded through our partnership with University of the Arts London.


Tel: 01326 255831