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    3-4 years full-time or 4-6 years part-time (for full PhD)

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We offer opportunities for students who want to pursue research in art psychotherapy- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/mphil-phd-art-psychotherapy/

For MPhil study, you usually register for research by written thesis (although there are also possibilities for research based on a written element and studio practice).

The MPhil programme offers the opportunity for the student to continue their research to a PhD.

Whatever your topic, you have your first supervisor in Art Psychotherapy and may have your second in another department – Art, Educational Studies, Psychology, or Sociology, for example.

You meet your supervisors regularly for discussion and guidance, and present your work to the Art Psychotherapy research student group.

You also attend the Goldsmiths Research Methods Training Course.

Supervision is currently available in the following areas:

-art therapists and their art
-cross-cultural issues
-evidence-based practices
-group work
-history and development of the professions in the UK and internationally
-occupational choice, career development and role change of arts therapists and arts therapy trainees
-clinical work with various client populations

Current research topics include:

-key issues in art psychotherapy with the blind
-the creative experience inside and outside an art psychotherapy group
-the image as an assessment tool with children who have an autistic spectrum disorder
-thinking about art with adults who have learning disabilities
-art therapists’ working environments

You'll be assessed by a thesis and viva voce.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Sally Skaife.


The Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies
has human relationships at its heart
Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies
You’ll benefit from the wealth of experience of our staff and their commitment to ensuring that you’ll leave us as a reflective, research-minded professional.

We offer programmes in Community Studies, Social Work, and Therapeutic Studies.

Our degrees are informed by our commitment to social justice and applied practices – whether you want to:

understand and challenge the ways that vulnerable individuals and groups are disadvantaged and marginalised
become a social worker, community and youth worker, therapist or counsellor
change people’s lives through dance, drama and music
You’ll benefit from the wealth of experience of our staff and their commitment to ensuring that you’ll leave us as a reflective, research-minded professional.

How to apply

Before you apply for a research programme, we advise you to get in touch with the programme contact, listed above. It may also be possible to arrange an advisory meeting.

Before you start at Goldsmiths, the actual topic of your research has to be agreed with your proposed supervisor, who will be a member of staff active in your general field of research. The choice of topic may be influenced by the current research in the department or the requirements of an external funding body.

If you wish to study on a part-time basis, you should also indicate how many hours a week you intend to devote to research, whether this will be at evenings or weekends, and for how many hours each day.

Research proposals

Along with your application and academic reference, you should also upload a research proposal at the point of application.

This should be in the form of a statement of the proposed area of research and should include:

delineation of the research topic
why it has been chosen
an initial hypothesis (if applicable)
a brief list of major secondary sources


Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

Visit the Art Psychotherapy (MPhil) page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!






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