PhD by Publication

  • Length
    12-18 months part-time
  • Department
    Graduate School

Course overview

The Graduate School is excited to announce that our PhD by Publication is now available for 2017 entry.

The PhD by Publication is not offered as an alternative to the traditional PhD programme of study, but as an option for staff who may have entered higher education mid-career or who are in more practice-based professions and have a body of work not more than 10 years old.

This work may comprise papers, chapters, monographs, books, scholarly editions of a text, technical reports, creative work in relevant areas, artefacts, or curatorial production. You may also be an alumnus of Goldsmiths or have strong ties to us. Either way, we would love to hear from you.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Professor Alan Pickering or Sarah Reed


The PhD by Publication is available on a part-time basis only, as we expect that you’ll maintain your practice throughout the programme.


Throughout the programme you’ll develop a thesis of 15,000-30,000 words, which will be a contextualised, coherent narrative and critical appraisal of the portfolio of work you select to submit alongside it. This will form the basis for your viva voce examination.


You’ll receive academic support and advice from your supervisors, who will be from relevant academic departments. Their role will be to provide you with support and advice on:
• selecting the work to include with your thesis submission from your portfolio
• the development of your thesis
• preparation for the viva voce


Your supervisor will work closely with you to ensure that your training needs are met throughout the programme. The PhD practice forum offers practice research training including:
• Ethics
• Working collaboratively
• Web-based dissemination
• Goldsmiths Research Online (GRO)

You’ll also be expected to give at least one presentation to your peer group, including non-specialists, during your period of registration.


Written thesis (15,000-30,000 words) and viva voce.


Goldsmiths is a dynamic and vibrant university that fosters excellence in research within a collegial and interdisciplinary environment.

Graduate School

The Graduate School is home to Goldsmiths' community of postgraduate researchers and the hub for events and activities. Here you will find a range of essential resources, including information on research ethics, examinations, training, networks and induction.

Goldsmiths is part of four prestigious national Doctoral Training Centres and partnerships funded by the UK Research Councils in recognition of our uniquely supportive and stimulating research environment. In a recent government assessment exercise, over 80% of our research environment was rated world-leading and internationally excellent.

Our academics are at the intellectual and creative forefront of their fields and supervise and support doctoral students who go on to a range of rewarding career paths. Our community of almost 1,000 research students is a diverse and talented one. It is drawn from across the globe and located in the heart of London, one of the most vibrant and international cities in the world.

Entry requirements

You should have a first class undergraduate degree and/or a higher level degree in a relevant subject and/or appropriate experience. You will also require a body of work not more than 10 years old in a relevant field, which will form the basis for your thesis.

Please be aware, that you can only study full-time with a Tier 4 visa, so unfortunately you will be unable to study this part-time programme if you need a student visa. 

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.

For this programme we require:

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

How to apply

As part of the application process you will be required to submit a 500 word critical summary of the contribution to knowledge represented by your body of work, establishing how it constitutes a coherent study. The work could take the form of a range of outputs, for example published work, creative/performance works, creative writing, artefacts and/or cultural production.

Please note: If the proposal is of a collaborative nature, separate applications will be required with details of individual contributions.

Find out more about applying.

Fees, funding & scholarships

Find out more about tuition fees.

Find out more about funding opportunities for home/EU applicants, or funding for international applicants. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

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