The Bath School of Art and Design is guided by a philosophy and a set of principles. The following statements represent what we believe in, what we stand for and our promise to each and every student. The University has research activity across all of its academic schools with particular strengths, as measured in the independent Research Assessment Exercise – in Art and Design.

The University has received research grants and/or doctoral bursaries from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in History, English, Creative Writing, Art and Design. Where there are a number of academic staff and doctoral researchers working together around common themes the University has approved Research Centres and Research Groups. The University particularly welcomes PhD enquiries from potential applicants whose research may complement that of the Centre’s and Groups. Potential PhD applicants should also visit the University’s Graduate School website.

Research Centres

There are three main clusters of research activity which map on to teaching strengths in the School and bring depth in these communities.

Contemporary Art Research
Ceramics Research
Fashion and Textiles Research

PhD Opportunities

Postgraduate study at Bath Spa University has a number of unique attractions. Our postgraduate awards have developed over the years – often with invaluable input from experts within associated industries – to provide opportunities for advanced study that are both academically challenging and vocationally relevant.

The University operates within a vigorous research culture in which students undertaking MPhil and PhD degrees excel, undertaking work at the cutting edge of their fields.


We are delighted to introduce Wunderkammer Press, a different kind of publishing venture.

Operating within Bath School of Art and Design, the Press publishes the exciting, the curious and the thought provoking in a variety of two and three-dimensional media.