Application process


Preparing your research proposal

As part of your application to study with us, we ask you to submit a research proposal. This allows us to evaluate whether our department is the right place for you to develop your research interests. This proposal takes the form of a template that should be uploaded as part of your online application. 

Download the MPhil/Phd Visual Cultures Research Proposal (Word).

What are we looking for?

We are looking for proposals that are:

  • an original contribution to the field of visual culture
  • a good match for one of our research clusters
  • appropriately situated within one or more theoretical and methodological frameworks
  • driven by well-conceived and clearly focused research questions
  • in keeping with the culture of the department, where we support and challenge each other’s intellectual work

Submitting your application


We have three application rounds each year. If you intend to apply for CHASE funding, you must submit your application in round one. 

Round one

Deadline for submitting your online application: Monday 4 November, 2019, 09:00
Decisions made by Review Committee: late November 2019

Round two

Deadline for submitting your online application: Monday 17 February, 2020, 09:00
Decisions made by Review Committee: Mid-March 2019

Round three

Deadline for submitting your online application: 18 May 2020

Decisions made by Review Committee: Early June 2020

For inquiries about the PhD programme please contact Nicole Wolf ( in the autumn term, and Ayesha Hameed ( in the spring term. 

When will I hear back?

Once your application has been received it will be reviewed at the next available departmental PhD Application Review Committee and you'll be notified of our decision.

If your project is deemed promising you will be interviewed as soon as possible. This interview can take place in person, by telephone or Skype, and will be conducted by your potential supervisor.

If you are unsuccessful we will also notify you. In some cases, we may advise you to rework your proposal and resubmit it at a later date.

If your interview is successful, you will be offered a place on the programme via the Goldsmiths online application system and you will be informed accordingly by the Goldsmiths Admissions Office. You would then need either to accept or refuse this offer.

Before you start your studies, you will receive detailed information about the enrolment and induction processes for both the department and university.


Goldsmiths is one of seven leading research institutions that are part of CHASE, the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts Southeast England. AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) funding for Doctoral Study on Goldsmiths' MPhil and PhD Programmes is administered through CHASE. See our information on CHASE funding.

Please see our PG fees and funding pages for more information on scholarships and bursaries you may be eligible for.