Creative Industries

PhDs and research degrees

Our courses

Our dynamic and exciting research degrees let you make an original contribution to media, design or creative arts research. You can join our vibrant, collaborative and cross-disciplinary postgraduate community by studying a:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctor of Creative Industries (DCI)
  • Master of Design (Research)
  • Master of Fine Arts (Research)
  • Master of Arts (Research)

Doctor of Philosophy

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is ideal if you want to pursue your unique research passion and make and original and significant contribution to knowledge. Creative industries PhD students explore and push disciplinary boundaries, using a variety of quantitative, qualitative and practice-led approaches to investigate issues in media, design and creative arts.

Doctor of Creative Industries

This course is a professional doctorate. A professional doctorate is like a PhD, but most of your research will be informed by, and contribute to, your professional practice. The Doctor of Creative Industries is suitable for creative industries professionals who want to explore the opportunities presented in artistic, professional, and creative enterprise or teaching practice.

Master of Design (Research)

The Master of Design (Research) is a unique interdisciplinary program at the forefront of design practice, learning and research. Be a part of the next generation of innovative design thinkers, and use your design research processes to meet challenges in health, sustainability and resilience, smart cities and civic innovation, and social enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Master of Fine Arts (Research)

The Master of Fine Arts (Research) allows you to complete a creative work or industry-based project (e.g. an exhibition or industry report), with an accompanying written component that explores the contribution your work makes to the field. You'll acquire advanced knowledge of research methods that you can then apply to your specialist creative practice. Master professional techniques in your disciplinary practice, and develop skills in investigation and critical thinking.

Master of Arts (Research)

The Master of Arts (Research) offers you the opportunity to conduct supervised research in any creative industries field or discipline. You'll be able to focus on research approach, methodology, resources and project design, before completing a thesis of approximately 30,000 words. This course will build on your previous undergraduate or honours study, or relevant professional experience.

Choosing a topic

If you're applying for one of our research degrees, we expect you to align your proposed research with one of our priority research areas:

  • Digital media, communication and culture (via our Digital Media Research Centre)
  • Innovation in the performing and digital arts (via our Creative Lab)
  • Sustainability and innovation in design (via our Design Lab).

Develop a topic that aligns with one or more of them, or you can choose from our available student topics.

Finding a supervisor

You can search our academic profiles to find potential supervisors in your area of interest.

Once you've found a supervisor who seems right for you, you can contact them directly to arrange a discussion.

All our supervisors are accredited and specifically trained in research supervision. Their accreditation requires they maintain active researcher status and regularly participate in professional development activities in postgraduate education.

Contact us

If you'd like to make an enquiry about postgraduate research study, contact our postgraduate research team.


Creative Industries - Postgraduate research enquiries

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