Art & Design - MRes*


Course Overview

​The MRes in Art & Design (A&D) is ideal for students who want to prepare for doctoral level research in Art & Design or to develop a range of creative research skills in order to enhance their practice or career, nationally and internationally.

The research methods training the MRes (A&D) programme offers is designed with students from varied backgrounds in mind. Besides being suitable for students who already have some experience of research in Art & Design, perhaps at undergraduate level, the programme has been designed to welcome a wider, global, community. The MRes (A&D) is absolutely suitable for students who have some experience of research in a Field other than Art & Design and also those with little or no background experience of research at all.

*This programme is subject to validation for September 2017 entry and the information provided may be subject to change.  All new programmes at the University must undergo validation, the purpose of which is to ensure that the proposed programme is aligned to the University's Mission and its content reflects appropriate levels of academic standards and quality.

Course Content

The MRes (A&D) is project led. Students​ identify a research topic and question/s and build upon that, whilst learning a range of research methods and by testing their ideas in a supportive but rigorous community of artist and designer researchers. The course starts with no preconception whatsoever with regards to where students projects might start or how they might develop and has an open mind with regard to the range of creative research practices in Art & Design, which range from the empirical and scientific to the poetic and speculative. 

Our world leading research expertise in Cardiff School of Art & Design draws upon the Arts, Sciences, Humanities and Philosophies and makes use of our Perceptual Experience Laboratory (PEL), our MIT-FabLab as well as our extensive range of makers workshops, specialist studios and our traditional and digital technologies. We encourage projects that seek to work in a multidisciplinary, co-disciplinary or transdisciplinary way with other research disciplines as well as commercial and community sectors in society anywhere in the world and of course the other research centres across the wider University.

Learning & Teaching

Students studying the MRes (A&D) are closely supervised by experienced members of academic staff. They will help you to develop and direct your research as well as to develop a strategic and realistic view of your future research career. In addition to the academic and research focussed work, students are required to respond to the themes, concepts or issues introduced through the modules, and to reflect on and critically evaluate them in a Personal Research Development Plan.


Each module has its own form of assessment. The majority of modules are assessed via coursework, including research reviews, reports, essays and presentations.

Employability & Careers

A postgraduate qualification in Art and/or Design research provides an excellent foundation for a career in creative research, as an arts professional who undertakes any form of research driven practice in their field, or for anyone planning to go on to complete a PhD or ProfD. 

The MRes (A&D) concludes with the development of a Personal Research Development Plan. This is intended to provide evidence of students’ Mastery of research in Art & design as well as provide a document that can be used to apply for future Doctoral study at any University.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

A good undergraduate honours degree (2.1 or above) is normally required. However, applicants with relevant professional experience or qualifications are welcomed and will be considered individually. 

Selection Procedure:
Once your application has been received you may be invited in person or by Skype for a short meeting with the Programme Director to discuss the course in more detail and consider which is the most appropriate programme route to suit your background and future needs. 

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at​

Key Facts

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Art & Design
Llandaff Campus 

Course Length:
12 or 18months full-time.
24 months part-time.

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit:

Postgraduate Scholarships: 
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to

Part-time fees:
Charges are per Single Module unless specified:
Undergraduate = 10 Credits; Postgraduate = 20 Credits

Generally we find most students will complete 60 credits per year for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate study; to obtain a true costing please clarify this by contacting the Programme Director directly. 

Postgraduate Scholarships: 

The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit​.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

If you are a UK/EU student please contact Dr Stephen Thompson:

​Or if you are an International student please contact Dr Fiaz Hussain:​

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting