Application Process

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.

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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

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

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: Friday 03 November 2023, 5pm

Decision made by the Review Committee will take place mid-December 2023.

Round two

Deadline for submitting your online application: Friday 09 February 2024, 5pm.

Decisions made by Review Committee will take place mid-March 2024.

Round three

Deadline for submitting your online application: Friday 17 May 2024, 5pm.

Decisions made by Review Committee will take place mid-June 2024.

For enquiries about the PhD programme please contact Louis Moreno (

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.

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