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Cream Research Studentship, UK 2016

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open25-Feb-2016
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Award£16,000 annual stipend, Tuition fee waiver
EligibilityMasters
RegionAbroad
Scholarship provider contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
University of Westminster
Cavendish House
101 New Cavendish Street
London W1W 6XH

309 Regent Street, 
London
W1B 2HW
General enquiries: + 44 (0) 20 7911 5000

What is Cream Research Studentship, UK 2016?

A number of full-time University of Westminster PhD Studentships are available to candidates with either Home or Overseas fee status in any area of art starting in September 2016.

The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) is the UK's leading centre for research in art and design. The UK's 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked CREAM as one of the top three art and design departments in the UK and number one in the field of UK arts departments with research profiles across both theory and practice. With over 60 doctoral students and more than 30 research active staff, CREAM is a leading provider of both practice-based and theoretical PhD research in photography, film, moving image, digital and experimental media, ceramics, visual art, music, and art-science relationships. We are highly international with research expertise in South and Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and European media arts. Our students undertake practice-based and theoretical research in contemporary art and in arts and media history.

Eligible candidates will hold at least an upper second class honours BA degree and a Master’s degree. Candidates whose secondary level education has not been conducted in the medium of English should also demonstrate evidence of appropriate English language proficiency, normally defined as 6.5 in IELTS (with not less than 6.0 in any of the individual elements). Read more about out entry requirements here

Please note that the studentships are not available to applicants who already have a PhD or who are currently enrolled on a doctoral programme at Westminster or elsewhere.

The Studentship consists of a fee waiver and a stipend of £16,000 per annum. Successful candidates will be expected to undertake some teaching duties.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

All applications are assessed on an individual basis and in some cases the University may require you to meet higher entry requirements than the minimums outlined below.

MPhil/PhD applicants should normally have:

  • A minimum classification of 2.1 in their first degree or equivalent
  • And preferably a Masters degree (or Masters degree pending)
  • Applicants whose secondary level education has not been conducted in the medium of English should also demonstrate evidence of appropriate English language proficiency, normally defined as:
English language test Minimum entry requirement
IELTS 6.5 (overall band score with not less than 6.0 in any of the individual elements)
TOEFL (Internet Based) No longer accepted. Certificates issued before 17 April 2014 with scores of 91 may be accepted, please check with your admissions office.
TOEFL (Paper Based) No longer accepted. Certificates issued before 17 April 2014 with scores of 570 may be accepted, please check with your admissions office.
Cambridge Proficiency Pass

Please note:

Applicants to the Westminster Law School are expected to have passed their LLM or MA with merit or distinction with 65% or above in their dissertation and to achieve a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 where appropriate.

Applicants to Westminster Exchange are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 where appropriate.

Applicants to English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with not less than 6.5 in any of the individual elements).

If you have not previously studied in the UK you can find out about qualification equivalencies on our country pages.

How can you apply ?

They use the national online applications system, UKPASS for all research degree applications. To make your application for an MPhil/PhD please work through the following steps:

  1. Check that you meet the entry criteria
  2. Check that the Faculty can provide supervision in your research area. If you have not done so yet, please review the research areas. You will be asked to confirm this in your UKPASS application form.
  3. Consider your funding options – are there any Studentship or Scholarships available to you or will you have to be applying as a self-funded student?
  4. What documents you will be required to upload with your UKPASS application:

a) Research proposal of between 2,000 and 3,500 words (four to seven pages) in length. We recommend that you follow our guidance on writing a research proposal. Please note we will not be able to consider your application if you do not include your research proposal.
b) Scanned copies of all your relevant qualification certificates and transcripts (if your award is pending, please upload the transcript of the modules already undertaken).
c) If your secondary level education has not been conducted in the medium of English, you should also demonstrate evidence of appropriate English language proficiency, for example IELTS or TOEFL certificates.
d) 2 academic references. Please note that it is your responsibility to contact your referees and arrange for a reference letter to be provided, whether by upload to UKPASS, emailed toresearchapplications@westminster.ac.uk or posted to:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
University of Westminster
Cavendish House
101 New Cavendish Street
London W1W 6XH

5.Before proceeding to apply via UKPASS, please make a note of the following essential information:

Apply for Westminster School of Media Arts and Design with code P043128 (course title Research – Media, Arts and Design)

FAQs

What is a PhD?

What will I be doing during the course of my studies and what is involved in a research degree?

As a full-time research student, you are required to spend at least 35 hours a week on your research programme and as a part-time student at least 15 hours a week. Activities will include:

  • meetings with your supervisors
  • meetings with other research students and staff
  • library work
  • fieldwork, where appropriate
  • attendance at University-level training sessions, including training for teaching, and training
  • delivered by your Faculty and/or Department
  • additional English language training, where appropriate
  • attending Masters-level modules, as advised by your supervisors
  • attendance and presentations at seminars at Westminster
  • attendance at colloquia organised by Westminster and outside agencies
  • attendance and presentation of papers at conferences
  • other activities in your Faculty
  • possibly teaching on various modules offered by your Faculty.

You won't have 'classes' as such every day but as you can see from the above, your time will be more than filled by the activities required to be undertaken by research students at Westminster.

What teaching opportunities are there and is there any teacher training available?

We believe that experience of teaching and associated academic work forms an important part of your professional and academic development and we seek to provide opportunities to engage in teaching wherever possible. Certain students are obliged under their terms and conditions to undertake up to 6 hours per week of teaching or other academic work.. We provide a range of education courses to support you in this and depending on the route you take, you may be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate of Special Study in Supporting Learning(?) and Higher Education Academic Accreditation?

Do I have to attend classes?

Yes, elements of the University Research Training Programme are mandatory. However, you will not be required to attend regular seminars and lectures are you would be expected to on a taught course.

Entry Requirements

Can I apply if I don’t yet have my Bachelor or Masters results?

Yes, you can. When you make your application you should include a transcript of your marks so far and let us know when you will be receiving your results.

Can I apply if I don’t yet have my English language test results?

Yes, you can. When making your application please let us know when you will be taking your test.

Can I apply if I don’t have a recognised English language qualification?

Yes, you can. If you do not hold a recognised English language qualification you should provide details of your English language skills in your UKPASS application.

Can you advise me whether I need an English language qualification?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide guidance on this as we can only assess your English language skills in the context of your full application. You should ensure that you provide as much information as possible about your English language skills on your application.

How do I know what the equivalent of my qualification is?

You can obtain this information from NARIC

Why are there earlier closing dates for applicants who require a Tier 4 Student Visa?

The process of applying and receiving a Tier 4 Student Visa can be very lengthy and that is why we want you to apply in enough time to be able to receive your visa in good time for the start of your programme. For essential information about what you need to do before applying for your visa, including obtaining the necessary University documentation, please see our visa page.

What happens if I miss the recommended ‘apply by’ for a particular entry date?

Your application will still be considered for a place at the University but we will be unable to guarantee, if your application is accepted, when you would be offered a place to start.

Application process

Do you have a form for referees to complete?

No, the University does not use a form; references should address your suitability to research study and any other information that is relevant to your application.

Who should references be written to?

The Research Administrator, Research Office.

What information should my reference include?

It should address your suitability to research study and any other information that is relevant to your application.

What should I do if I cannot obtain two academic references?

We will accept references from your employer or someone who can comment on your ability to undertake research study.

I am having technical difficulties using UKPASS, what should I do?

If you have any technical difficulties using UKPASS and you need any help, please call the UKPASS Customer Service Unit on +44 (0)871 334 4447, open Monday to Friday, 8.30am-6pm (UK time). Alternatively, please email enquiries@ukpass.ac.uk for an automated response with general information and guidance on UKPASS procedures.

Do you have a paper application form?

No, all applications for Research Degrees are made online using UKPASS.

Scholarships

Can I apply for a scholarship?

All funding opportunities at the University are advertised on our research studentships page. If we are not advertising a studentship in your research area we are only accepting self-funded applications at this time, and we ask that you only submit an application if you can fund your research programme.

Applications for studentships are made at the same time as applying for a place on the research programme, so if you require funding you should wait until a studentship is advertised before submitting an application, otherwise your application will be considered for a self-funded place.

Terms and Conditions

The Studentship consists of a fee waiver and a stipend of £16,000 per annum. Successful candidates will be expected to undertake some teaching duties.

Prospective candidates wishing to informally discuss an application should contact Dr May Ingawanij, M.Ingawanij@westminster.ac.uk and/or Dr Roshini Kempadoo,R.Kempadoo@westminster.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is 5pm Thursday 25 February 2016

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