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PhD in Traditional Arts

Our School continues to be the outstanding pioneer for arts practice research in the traditional arts.

Students undertaking doctoral research with us are expected to present substantial creative work – e.g. as an exhibition of art or design work (perhaps including media output) supported by appropriate documentation.

In addition submissions include a written component of between 20,000 (minimum) and 50,000 (maximum) words. The written submission should articulate the:

  • relevant context(s) of the research – artistic, design, critical, historical, theoretical
  • area of enquiry arising from the context
  • critical reflection on the research methods used, including arts practice
  • research findings
  • original contribution to knowledge resulting from the research.

To achieve the PhD degree students will demonstrate through their submission:

  • the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication or exhibition;
  • a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge, which is at the forefront of the discipline of the traditional arts;
  • the general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline; the ability to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems;
  • a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.

Transfer from MPhil to PhD

Students enrolled on the PhD degree are first registered on a probationary period of study.

After 12 months full-time, or 24 months part-time, candidates apply to present their work to a Probation Panel. The purpose of the meeting with the panel is to determine whether the student is ready to proceed with doctoral research.

The recommendation of the panel will be considered by the University of Wales Trinity St David Research Degrees Committee for approval.

The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, having pioneered doctoral degrees for the study and practice of the traditional arts, continues to support them in an academic context, together with their regeneration as living skills.