Monday, 11 February 2013

Plastics related PhD Studentship available at AUB

One full-time supported MPhil/ PhD studentship is available for a 3-year research project focused on the Museum of Design in Plastics MoDiP), a research resource of the Arts University Bournemouth, a specialist institution of art, design, media and performance. The studentship will be fees-only, covering Home/EU fees for 3 years full-time study. Students would be required to pay fees for any further periods of study. Overseas students are welcome to apply but will need to fund the balance of fees for Overseas Research Students.
The research project is expected to involve working with the design/plastics industries and /or an analysis of the impacts of the practice of these industries thereby contributing to the development of MoDiP’s knowledge exchange agenda. You may wish to consider projects in particular in the following thematic areas:

  • Fashion: for example synthetic fabrics and the ethics of fashion, past/present/future, or synthetic fabrics in home dressmaking, 1940s to the present.
  • Fine Art Practices: for example meanings of materials or the boundaries of curatorship linked to the University’s ‘Making/Meaning’ research cluster.
  • Spatial Practices: for example the agency of plastics in everyday practices or plastics and sustainable environment.
We are however open to any proposal that focuses on the practice, theory and/or history of a specialist area relevant to any aspect of MoDiP’s collection that falls within the subjects for which the University can offer supervision. The research project may result in a written thesis or a combination of practice and text-based critique.

MoDiP is the only accredited museum in the UK with a focus on plastics. It has approximately 10,000 artefacts of predominantly 20th and 21st century mass-produced design and popular culture. There is also a collection of some 2000 photographs relating to the manufacture and reception of plastics. The collections can be seen on MoDiP’s website at Plastics have a vital place in the study and practice of art, design, media and performance; they are utilised in fine art, fashion, costume for performance, modelmaking, and architecture; they played an important role in the development of photography and film and remain a vital component in the digital age; they continue to inform and transform our environment. Thus MoDiP makes a significant contribution to the University’s research culture.

Applicants are urged to contact the Research Office by emailing for an informal discussion of the nature of their research. They are also welcome to visit the museum. More information about postgraduate research degrees and the research culture at the Arts University Bournemouth can be found on the University’s website at:

Applicants would normally be expected to have an MA and must fulfil the normal academic requirements for acceptance for postgraduate research degree study at the AUB. Degrees are accredited by University of the Arts London. Applications should be made direct to the Arts University College at Bournemouth through the online application system.

For questions regarding the application process please contact Valerie Lodge, Senior Research Officer:

Closing date for applications: 1 June 2013

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