"I have met a real mix of people, including those who have also spent some time in the world of work, who are still working or/and are not from a ‘traditional’ higher-educated background. This has really helped me gain confidence and build some great support networks. I have made some firm friends on the course, which I did not expect from a PhD. You need a lot of self-belief to pursue a PhD, and I really think I couldn’t do it anywhere else."
You can apply directly to Goldsmiths via the website by clicking the ‘apply now’ button on the main programme page.
Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:
- Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments;
- The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference;
- Contact details of a second referee;
- A personal statement. This can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online;
- If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory);
- Details of your research proposal.
You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.
Before you apply for a research programme, we advise you to get in touch with the programme contact, Luciana Parisi. It may also be possible to arrange an advisory meeting.
Before you start at Goldsmiths, the actual topic of your research has to be agreed with your proposed supervisor, who will be a member of staff active in your general field of research. The choice of topic may be influenced by the current research in the department or the requirements of an external funding body.
If you wish to study on a part-time basis, you should also indicate how many hours a week you intend to devote to research, whether this will be at evenings or weekends, and for how many hours each day.
Along with your application and academic reference, you should also upload a research proposal at the point of application.
This should be in the form of a statement of the proposed area of research and should include:
- delineation of the research topic;
- why it has been chosen;
- an initial hypothesis (if applicable);
- a brief list of major secondary sources.
When to apply
We accept applications from October for students wanting to start the following September.
We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place conditional on you achieving a particular qualification.
If you're applying for external funding from one of the Research Councils, make sure you submit your application no later than 31 January.
Admission to many programmes is by interview, unless you live outside the UK. Occasionally we'll make candidates an offer of a place on the basis of their application and qualifications alone.
You should normally have (or expect to be awarded) a taught Masters in cultural studies or in a related field with good results, especially in the dissertation.
You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.
If your first language is not English you need a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (including 7.0 in the written element) or equivalent.
Please check our English Language requirements for more information.
Find out more about applying
- Goldsmiths Graduate School
- Entrance requirements
- English Language requirements
- Returning your work
- Tailor-made programmes
- Fees and Funding
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