Ph.D. in the Arts and the Humanities

The information below addresses the most frequently asked questions about the Ph.D. Programme in the Arts and the Humanities. This website has been updated last on 6 March 2018.

An international and interdisciplinary research degree

The NGL (Neue Galerie Luzern)-Node Ph.D. Programme of the Planetary Collegium, Plymouth University, UK, fosters international and interdisciplinary research in areas that integrate art, science, technology, and consciousness research. As part of the Planetary Collegium, the Programme promotes knowledge of and deep engagement with all aspects of the arts, society, and culture.

As a part-time Programme, it enables students to continue working in their special fields while doing their research, which then is presented for dialogue and discussion in the Composite Sessions. The thrice-yearly ten-day workshop sessions offer feedback, intellectual support and hands-on writing advice in an outstanding natural and quiet environment on Mt. Rigi in Switzerland.

The Ph.D. will make you stand out: as a recipient of the doctoral degree, you will stand out from others because of your research abilities and for being an expert in your field. This field may be the Arts, the Humanities, or the Sciences. In whatever field you will work (in the future you might work for a public or private project, for an NGO or as an activist or change agent), you should be able to articulate and practise what you have learnt.

Play your part in a thriving international community of 3,000 students at Plymouth University. Plymouth University has been ranked among the global elite of higher education for the quality of its research across a number of scientific fields. The 2014 QS World University Rankings by Subject show Plymouth among the top 100 universities in the world for the quality of its Geography research, in the top 150 for Earth and Marine Sciences and in the top 200 globally for the Environmental Sciences.

Why a Ph.D. in the NGL-Node?

  • A Ph.D. is more than an earned degree: It is a particular challenging and intellectual engagement. The Ph.D. degree in the Arts and the Humanities from the University of Plymouth and the Planetary Collegium, UK, is highly valued in all the professional worlds our students move in, and we offer an experience that we believe is real value for money.
  • Advantages: The NGL-Node in Switzerland offers you different advantages. It is not only the natural and quiet environment in the Alps that you will benefit from as a student and researcher. It is also the intellectual support and hands-on writing advice that we offer you during your studies.
  • Knowledge work: The Programme offers you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge, at the same time it also requires you to learn how to develop solutions and new knowledge for some of the world’s significant problems. Such expertise gained from successfully earning the degree adds credibility to your work. Others will perhaps seek your advice in the future, you will validate their work, or write a book or an article concerning a specific aspect of your area of expertise.

Who does the Programme address?

The Ph.D. Programme is committed to the quality of the educational work achieved by the Planetary Collegium, Plymouth University. Striving to promote knowledge of and deep engagement with all aspects of the arts, society, and culture as well as ecological concerns, the Programme attracts scholars from various fields of cultural practice:

  • Curators, art educators, artists, scientists, cultural activists, cultural intermediaries, change agents, designers, and policy-makers in an international context.
  • Cultural workers who work as academic experts in science and governance and related areas of philosophy, sociology, geography, cartography, policy analysis and law, as well as stakeholders from the public cultural sector or art and media institutions.
  • Artists and mediators who are directly involved in the composing, designing, imagining, interpreting, or manipulating of signs and symbols in order to create music, television programmes, films, art, clothing, graphic designs, images, and other forms of texts.
  • Researchers in the arts and social sciences, cultural practitioners from public, profit-oriented or non-profit cultural institutions, cultural networks, galleries, museums and theatres, the performing arts, architecture, and educational institutions.
  • Researchers who are interested in the production and dissemination of knowledge on ecological, ethical as well as practical philosophical approaches to the risks and opportunities that science and technology entail.