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Fees and Funding

Here's the fees and funding information for each year of this course


Studying for a PhD with UEL's School of Arts and Creative Industries (ACI) will push you to the limit - but you'll be supported all the way.

ACI's research students and staff are actively researching and creating in areas from film studies to cultural theory, the performing arts, and art and design.

Many members of our large research community - supervisors, teachers, writers, academics and cultural practitioners - are creating internationally significant work, such as two-time Turner Prize nominee and Visiting UEL Research Professor Richard Wilson.

If you're interested in applying for an Excellence Scholarship please look at the Research Centres that reflect the diverse research activity in the school. 

What makes this course different

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Specialist equipment

We've invested £170 million in new buildings and facilities, including our £14 million library in Stratford.

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Industry experts

Researcher Dr Jonathan Hardy, an expert in UK and European media policy, submitted evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into the press, after the News International phone-hacking scandal.

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Turner Prize nominee

Visiting Research Professor Richard Wilson - a two-time Turner Prize nominee - exhibited a hydraulically teetering replica coach from the film The Italian Job on the roof of Bexhill's De La Warr Pavilion during the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.


You will submit a research proposal and choose to study one of the following four paths:

  • PhD via MPhil
  • MPhil
  • PhD Direct
  • PhD via publication


This course is subject to validation. You can still apply for this course while it is being approved.



Research proposals give us a better understanding of the area you want to study for an MPhil, PhD via MPhil or PhD Direct course.

You don't have to follow a predetermined structure when writing your proposal, but it's a good idea to include a title that describes the aims and scope of your research, and information on how your ideas fit in with the research interests of UEL.


You will be assessed on your research.

Other important elements include: relevant academic literature, how your research will advance knowledge in this area, and a possible methodology. You should also include a timescale for your research.

To find out more about how to write your research proposal, see our research proposal guidance.


Docklands Campus

Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD


The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

What we're researching

Major areas of research within ACI include: cultural and media studies; film, fine art and illustration; literature, history and heritage studies; and applied performing arts.


Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.