Research Policy & Strategy
There has been a specific strategy concerning creative research since 2015. It focusses on the development of interdisciplinary and social collaborations, including the development of infrastructure to support this. The Faculty sees internationalisation as an opportunity for development, in-depth study and continuous self-evaluation. 3rd cycle programmes are integrated into the research strategy, with plans for expansion in doctoral studies, postdoctoral services and research professorships. Doctoral students are aligned with research areas. The Faculty emphasizes the continual evaluation of its 3rd cycle provision; the inextricable links between teaching and research; the interdisciplinary work of its Inter Arts Centre; the identification and development of career paths for doctoral students and researchers, and the obligation to involve itself in national debates concerning artistic and cultural systems and policies, including issues arising in connection with the funding of creative research. The Faculty involves itself in many national and transnational networks and partnerships, at subject specific and governance levels.
Key research themes
Licentiate in Fine Arts
PhD in Fine Arts (Music/Theatre/Visual Arts)
Degrees are validated by Lund University.
Thesis (word count and weight vary)
Artwork (or documentation)
Viva (Public Defence)
At least one of a jury of three is expected to be an external examiner.
Forms of Output
Exhibition, musical or theatrical performance; websites
Full-time 4 years (PhD)
Full-time 2 years (Licentiate in Fine Arts)
Doctoral students undertake annual intermediate seminars with external auditors, ( a minimum of three during normal study). The requirements of each student’s presentation at these seminars varies according to individual study plans, research methodologies and ethics. The programme of study is practice-based, practice-led, collaborative and structured around specific courses and seminars.
Each of the three research areas provides its own syllabus for study.
180/240 ECTS comprise the final project (thesis). 30 ECTS relate to compulsory courses (artistic research methods, qualitive & quantitative research methods, mandatory PhD seminars including ethics); 30 ECTS relate to elective courses (or other activities agreed upon by student and supervisors e.g. conferences, field trips, workshops etc).
Undergraduate & Masters Research
BFA and MFA programmes include production of written theses.
National Framework, Higher Education Ordinance
Quality Assurance & Enhancement
Based on national laws and regulations, European agreements, local governance documents and the Strategic Plan for Lund University (2017-2026).
Students work with 2 supervisors.
Primary Supervisors are allocated 340 hours over the course of 4 years for supervision (5% of total working hours); secondary supervisors are allocated 204 hours over 4 years (3% of total working hours).
Training in doctoral supervision is offered to teaching staff, with a minimum of 1 week stipulated. Supervisors are expected to hold the position of Reader (or demonstrably equivalent professional experience) and to have specific expertise in the proposed area of research. Assistant supervisors are expected to have experience and expertise that complements that of the principal supervisor. Approx. 15% of the total teaching staff (16) have 3rd cycle awards; 62% (64) staff are identified as being engaged in research. There are 3 Professors dedicated exclusively to research and research education. Research time is contractually allocated according to status: professorial (50%); senior lecturer (30%). Funding and support for research is available.
Students must satisfy general entry requirements (second cycle award or equivalent experience) and have produced independent, artistic work for assessment of the candidate’s suitability for the programme.
There are currently 11 doctoral candidates: 4 (Music), 2 (Theatre), 5 (Visual Art).
In the last 5 years, 20 students have completed.
Students are employed as doctoral students. They have access to funding for trips and for work to be produced for assessment at the completion of the programme. Access to all specialist facilities is granted and the Inter Arts Centre provides studios, project rooms, exhibition spaces and technical support.