The Slade School of Fine Art is an art school with an international outlook, part of UCL, London’s global university. The Slade offers a supportive, stimulating and creative environment in which to develop doctoral research. We welcome applications from students with a wide range of backgrounds, here in the UK and internationally. Our focus is on subject areas within the Slade (painting, sculpture and fine art media) and on cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research between the Slade and disciplines offered by UCL.

The aims of the MPhil/PhD programme are to:

  • advance the highest quality of research in Fine Art that demonstrates ambition, breadth of vision and creativity
  • enable you to further your aspirations as a practising artist, and, or, writer
  • encourage your practice, art and writing, to make an original contribution to knowledge, and to further understanding through the processes of research
  • encourage a diversity of research outputs including the visual and verbal (exhibitions, events, performances, collaborations, publications, conferences)
  • affirm the importance of Fine Art research while also exploring the possibilities of interdisciplinary research with other departments and faculties at UCL
  • ask you to contribute to the research culture of the Slade and the wider UCL community and to  exchange ways of working, thinking, doing and being
  • encourage the sharing of research with national and international research institutions and the wider publics


(c) Sophie Bouvier Ausländer

(c) Nick Laessing

(c) Nayoung Jeong

The research of doctoral students relates closely to the research by staff and students across the Slade, and doctoral students are also involved in many Slade and UCL research projects:

Current exhibitions and events by PhD students are listed under Slade News:

Examples of the research by our current doctoral students and recent doctorates are to be found on:

Recent doctoral group events include: The Intercontinental, 2017 and Against Delivery, 2015

Contact Persons:

Prof. Sharon Morris, Head of Slade PhD programme,
Dr. Hayley Newman, Co-ordinator of the practice-led PhD option,



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