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We can provide you with the creative space to flourish. On this course, you will be given the support to develop your compositional ability within the broad paradigm of performance, while working within advanced, professional practices. You will learn to realise and critically evaluate the success of your original work, and also question what that means.

We ask you to decide on your own definition of success and be able to defend it so that you are confident in what you are striving for, and we can offer all the support you need to achieve it. This means we provide an inspiring and reflective space, with a focus on sophisticated creative practice that experiments and innovates. We aim to help you explore your originality and articulate your contribution of original work to the artistic sphere or professional environment. You may bring some of your own creative practice within the framework of the doctorate, or you can experiment with new and untested ideas, away from financial or other constraints.


You should emerge from this doctorate with a refreshed portfolio and an enhanced ability to demonstrate and articulate your work’s originality. This should improve your ability to justify work in terms of publishing and funding and to market your work to appropriate and potentially new environments.



Start date


Teaching takes place

On campus for two one-week periods, usually one in September and one during the Easter holidays. Most teaching is undertaken via one-to-one supervision.

Distance learning

Supervision through Skype and other technologies is possible.

Degree duration

Up to 6 years. The first two modules, each of which last a year, are exclusively part-time. You may choose to study part-time or full-time for the final creative thesis module.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures





Normally a good MA focused on a relevant creative discipline, but all applications are considered. Applicants with appropriately focused MAs or MFAs may apply for credit
toward appropriate portions of the programme. Please consult the Postgraduate Research Programmes Admission Policy and the Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

If English is not your first langauage: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent.

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone +44 (0)1962 827324

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International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester at one of our Open Evenings

Course structure

Modules Credits


Studied over 2 years (full-time) or up to 4 years (part-time) – this is a refinement of the output into work of publishable standards.

Studio 2: Research and Development
Studio 1: Practice, Research, Creativity, Aesthetics, Innovation

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.


The fee structure for professional doctorates has been simplified and aligned to the research doctorate fee structure for 2018/19.  The previous fee distinction between the thesis and the taught element of the doctorate has been maintained for all but the Doctorate of Education (EdD) to reflect the higher cost of delivering the pre-thesis stage.  The EdD has been calculated as a flat rate fee to allow for the 2 to 3 years nature of the pre-thesis stage and on reflection that the majority of the students complete the full doctorate.

All the below in table 6a are studied part-time and the fees are the same for home/EU or non-EU students, reflecting that a part-time non-EU student is unlikely to attend if they have not already been granted the right to study in the UK.  Thus there is a negligible increase in cost for administering either home/EU or non-EU students.


Year 1| £2,500

Year 2| £2,500


Year 3| £2,000

Year 4| £2,000

Year 5| £2,000

Year 6| £2,000

Total cost: £13,000

Key course details

Up to 6 years
King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester