Future Developments

The School wishes to develop doctoral research that mirrors the creative nature of Art and Design. This embraces research that is directly relevant to current professional contexts (extending PhD work completed to date) as well as research that challenges and anticipates future contexts and issues.
The intention is that doctoral studies should be aligned to the research thematics identified previously. We welcome research proposals from suitably qualified and enthusiastic creative and critical practitioners, with a commitment to contributing to research in the sector.

Academic Support
All research students are allocated a Principal Supervisor and additional second supervisors, drawing on appropriate experts in the University and also on occasions incorporating individuals externally. A great deal of importance is placed on the effective relationship between the research student and his or her supervisory team, in particular the Principal Supervisor. A School Research Student Co-ordinator provides organisational support to all the research students and supervisors. The School has some of the most experienced supervisors and examiners in the art and design sector, who have been at the forefront of developments in research and research student education.
Regular research seminars are held in the School to which students are invited to attend and make presentations. In addition the School offers a week-long Research Student Summer School in August each year, designed to provide subject specific research training and support.
The University offers research students a taught programme in research methods designed to develop the skills necessary to achieve an MPhil or PhD in the subject of their choice by independent study.

Research students are allocated a base as part of a community of researchers within a shared work environment. Facilities include a dedicated workspace equipped with networked computing access. The rest of the School's facilities are available to students as required, to support practice elements e.g. studio space and workshops. The specialist library, based at the Garthdee Campus, provides a full range of services to research students, including journals, interlibrary loans, access to library catalogues nation-wide and extensive indexing and abstracting services.


Research Degrees
For full-time candidates, the normal period of study is 12 months for MSc/MRes/MPhil, and an additional 24 months following transfer to PhD (36 months in total). For part-time study the minimum period is 21 months for MSc/MRes/MPhil and an additional 21 months for PhD (42 months in total).
Normally, a full-time student is expected to devote an average of at least 35 hours each week to their research studies. A part-time student is expected to devote 12 hours on average each week to their studies. All new students are automatically enrolled on the University's course in Research Methods training (unless exempted through prior experience/knowledge).
Before or during the first year of study, all candidates are required to submit a satisfactory research proposal detailing:


• The background to the research topic and an explanation of its significance.
• An summary of research already undertaken in the field and an indication of areas still requiring investigation.
• A statement of the aim and objectives of the research project.
• An outline of the methods and techniques to be used for gathering/generating evidence.
• A timescale for the estimated completion of the research.
• A statement of the likely originality of the research (for PhD candidates).
Application Procedures
Application forms for research students are available from the Research Degrees Office on request. Alternatively, an online version is available from:
www.rgu.ac.uk/research/deg rees/
Applications should include a draft proposal or at least a short summary (approx 300 words) to indicate the potential area of research. Applications may be submitted at any time, but there may be separate deadlines for applicants for research studentships. >>>
Completed application forms should be returned to:

Research Degrees Office
The Robert Gordon University
Schoolhill Aberdeen
AB10 1FR
How to Contact Us
For all informal enquiries please contact:
Professor Julian Malins
School Research Degrees Co-ordinator
T: +44 (0)1224 263690
E: j.malins@rgu.ac.uk