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Winchester School of ArtPostgraduate study

Supervision & progress

As a research student you will be supervised by leading academic specialists and you will have access to excellent workshops, study areas and media facilities. Regular seminars, guest speakers, master classes and proximity to the cultural and professional life of nearby London make this a vibrant centre for international postgraduates.

View our research staff to consider who might provide suitable tuition.


Your training will cover research project management, preparation for examination and publication, as well as technical and practical skills appropriate to your project.

You will also take part in regular research seminars, and you will be encouraged to play an active role in developing exhibitions, events and research outputs.

You can present your research at annual conferences and can participate in inter-university symposia and other national and international academic events and exhibitions. You will also have access to regular lectures, seminars and guest speaker events held at the School and across the University more widely.

Your supervisory team will work with you to identify the research skills training you need and this will be available through a range of programmes offered within the School and by the University's Researcher Development and Graduate Centre.

You will also benefit from support available from the Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences' dedicated PhD resources.


Research students have a minimum of two supervisors, of whom one may take a lead position.

Meetings with your supervisors take place on a regular basis, month by month, throughout your candidacy; and often with greater frequency at the beginning and end of the research process.

Supervision can also be maintained by e-mail, phone and video conference during periods when your research may require you to be away from the School, such as for fieldwork or conference and workshop events.

Supervisors ensure that research projects are original (a compulsory requirement for PhD research), significant and can be completed in a realistic time frame. They guide students towards the most appropriate research methods for the topic under consideration, and help to communicate findings with clarity and impact.

Supervision and PhD seminars also provide forums to advise students on career development, especially in publishing or exhibiting their work in appropriate places, attending conferences, making contacts, and developing their professional skills.

Students are warmly encouraged to participate in the intellectual life of the School, and to collaborate with other candidates at Winchester and across the University.

Professional Development

We seek to provide candidates with the opportunity to develop a portfolio of relevant skills. Many students will be offered the chance to teach, either assisting an experienced course convenor, or leading elements and modules themselves. Intensive mentoring is part of the experience offered.

Postgraduate research provides an important step in one's professional career, whether seeking to continue academic research in higher education or by enhancing one's vision and leadership for work within a wide range of professional roles in the creative and cultural industries. 

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