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Higher Degree Research (HDR)

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The Centre supports a comprehensive mentoring and research development program for research students. Candidates can enrol in a research masters or PhD in digital media, creative writing, or cultural heritage/cultural studies topics. Students who are members of the Centre are expected to participate actively in its activities: including professional and career planning workshops, professional and research seminars, reading and writing groups, and special events.

For those candidates whose work has a strong creative focus, it is possible to produce a thesis that combines creative and scholarly artefacts (e.g, a novel, poetry collection, exhibition, curatorial project or digital art project, presented for examination in association with an extended critical essay). All staff in the creative disciplines are qualified to supervise both creative and conventional research candidates.

Once accepted into the Faculty of Arts & Design HDR program students can become a member of the CCCR.

For general enquiries about the Faculty of Arts & Design HDR program please contact Debra Hippisley, email:

Photo: HDR Candidate Tessa Bell and Professor Tracy Ireland working on project using photogrammetry to record ruins in Cyprus.
Read their joint paper published in the Museum and Society Journal

See some of the current PhD projects under 'Our Team'.


CCCR PhD researchers talk about their topics, why they came to UC, and their experience.

Louise Curham, PhD candidate 2021, creative practice

Macarena de la vega de Leon, PhD graduate 2018, architecture

Owen Bullock, PhD graduate 2017, creative writing

Dr Niloofar Fanaiyan, PhD graduate 2016, creative writing