Course information


12-18 months part-time

Course overview

The Graduate School is excited to announce that our PhD by Publication is now available for September 2018 entry.

The PhD by Publication is not offered as an alternative to the traditional PhD programme of study, but as an option for academics 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. 

For details of which subject areas the PhD can be in, please see our list of academic departments.

Who can apply for this programme?

Anyone who meets the entry requirements can apply (see further details below). Candidates are expected to be based within the UK (and within reasonable travel time to Goldsmiths’ campus) during their programme, to ensure that they are able to maintain regular contact with their department and their supervisor. This is to ensure engagement with supervision, training and the wider research environment of the College and the student’s Department.

Students on overseas fee status are generally not eligible as the programme is part-time and overseas students will generally require a Tier IV visa, which can only be issued for study on full-time programmes.

It is not expected that those undertaking a PhD by Publication will already be holders of a doctorate. However, if a candidate has a distinct body of research that they can clearly demonstrate has not formed part of their previous doctorate, then an application may be considered. 

Before submitting your application

If you have considered the information above and think the programme might be right for you, then please contact Chris Robson or Alan Pickering in the Graduate School for an informal discussion before submitting a formal application.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Professor Alan Pickering or Chris Robson


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.

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. 

International qualifications

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

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score of to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

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.

A discount is applicable for Goldsmiths alumni applying for this programme. For more information, visit the Alumni discount page.

There is no separate staff discount on these tuition fees.

How to apply

Application process

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.

Before submitting your application

If you have considered the information above and think the programme might be right for you, then please contact Chris Robson or Alan Pickering in the Graduate School for an informal discussion before submitting a formal application.

Apply for this programme.

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