Research Policy & Strategy
The University of Hertfordshire aims to work with research themes that are multi- and inter-disciplinary. Its mission statement emphasizes research designed to address social, economic, cultural and environmental challenged by: creating and developing innovative ideas, products and processes; fostering and strengethening research with global partners; supporting a research-rich environment that informs teaching.
Specific research strategies are devolved to each of the University’s constituent Schools. There is no research strategy for the School of Creative Arts and therefore no reference to the place of 3rdcycle students within it.Within the School of Creative Arts, there are 4 Research Groups: Contemporary Arts Practice; Media; Design; Theorising Visual Art & Design. All of these Research Groups organise talks and some have peer-reviewed journals associated with them.
Thesis (30,000 – 80,000 words)
External Examiners are involved.
Forms of Output
Exhibition, portfolio, thesis.
Full-time 3 years (maximum period of enrolment 4 years)
Part-time 5-6 years (maximum period of enrolment 8 years)
Year 1 (and 2 if part-time) includes a structures programme of research training delivered in 20 online lectures/podcasts, 15 small assignments directly related to individual research and set reading. At the end of this phase, a detailed or revised research proposal is produced.
Additionally, participation in 5 mandatory, week-long intensive events is required to complete the PhD programme.
Undergraduate & Masters Research
Research methods taught at MA.
Students have 2 supervisors.
Supervision may be delivered in person or via Skype.
Research active staff are supported through a fractional contracted allowance and sabbaticals. Internal funding for research activities is competitively awarded. Staff development in research is supported by workshops and conferences.