Visiting Research Student


Students can apply to take part at a PhD level of study and join us as a Visiting Research Student, for a period of six months to a year.

About the programme

This is a short term research programme at PhD level, with a clear emphasis on independent study. You negotiate and confirm the content of study with the relevant academic department. This allows you to spend up to a year undertaking research and study under the supervision of a tutor at Goldsmiths. You might want to explore a topic in depth or to further your research as part of a programme of study at your home institution.

After you have contacted the department and received confirmation that they can accommodate your research, we will invite you to submit a research proposal outlining the development of your research and the relevant critical enquiries. If we accept this proposal, you are provided with an appropriate supervisor, and have access to Goldsmiths facilities. You are supported by the academic structure of the Department, which includes tutorial contact and possibly lectures and seminars – depending on the agreed path of your research. This academic and/or technical support leads to the realisation of the aims and objectives outlined in your proposal.

Entrance requirements 

Normally a Masters degree or the equivalent in a relevant subject, or a proven record or professional/work experience in the subject.

How to apply 

Before you submit an application, please ensure that you have contacted the academic department to ask if they can accommodate your research study. Once approved, you will be able to apply to the programme.

Please send your research proposal and supporting documents to Your research proposal is a statement of the proposed area of research you want to undertake at Goldsmiths. This statement should include:

  • delineation of the research topic
  • why it has been chosen
  • an initial hypothesis (if applicable)
  • a brief list of major secondary sources (no more than two pages)
  • an indication of whether there are any taught courses at Goldsmiths that you would also like to follow as part of your studies

Please also indicate the dates you would like to spend at Goldsmiths.

Please note that a different application process may apply if you a graduate student at another British university with which Goldsmiths operates a collaboration programme for graduate student training. You will receive information about this from the university where you have your main enrolment.

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