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PhD in Psychology, Arts and Health

PhD training in Arts & Health takes place in two areas within the University due to the interdisciplinary nature of the field. Although located in different departments, staff and students work collaboratively and are often involved in joint research, supervision and teaching. For information about Arts & Health with a focus on research in music and singing, health promotion and public health, please contact Professor Stephen Clift at the Sidney DeHaan Research Centre on our Folkestone campus (see contact information below).

The PhD in Psychology, Arts and Health in the Department of Applied Psychology on the Salomons Campus in Tunbridge Wells, provides research training in the emerging field of arts and health with a focus on the social and psychological aspects of the field.  We are particularly interested in the multifarious ways in which the arts contribute to health, wellbeing, social inclusion and practice across a range of settings with an emphasis on museums, art galleries, community organisations and other public spaces. 

The PhD in this department is full time but we may consider a part time applicant in some circumstances.

The PhD in Psychology, Arts and Health is administratively supported on the Tunbridge Wells campus but students are encouraged to make use of university facilities on the main campus in Canterbury, about 50 miles away.  

The Sidney DeHaan Research Centre for Music, Arts and Health|, is the university’s internationally known research centre, on the Folkestone campus. Prof Stephen Clift, Research Director of the Centre can answer questions about potential applicants interested in pursuing a PhD related to music and/or singing.

Programme Requirements

  • A good understanding of research methodology. To be demonstrated through completion of research methodology teaching to the satisfaction of the candidate’s PhD committee. We  highly recommend that this be completed prior to enrolment. Teaching is offered on the Tunbridge Wells and Canterbury campuses.
  • Understanding ethical practices of research.
  • A once per year annual review with committee members.
  • A research presentation to the University community at the annual Post Graduate Research Association conference.
  • Thesis
  • Viva voce examination

Entrance requirements

  • Academic background
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university and postgraduate coursework in research methods.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Application form and 1500 word research proposal.
  • Transcripts from previous university work (if available).
  • Two recommendations; one must be an academic reference.
  • Panel interview

We welcome international applications

Application Process

Prior to submitting a formal application please contact the programme director, Prof.Paul Camic|, to discuss your research interests and to identify appropriate supervisors.  

Click here for Application Information and Scholarship Applications |

Additional information about research degrees and study at the University can be found on the Graduate School’s web site.|

Funding your research degree

External sources of research funding can be found at:

Resources for Arts and Health Research and Practice


Arts & Health: An International Journal of Research, Policy and Practice |Co-edited by Prof Stephen Clift and Prof Paul Camic of Canterbury Christ Church University and Prof Norma Daykin of the University of the West of England. Arts & Health is the official journal of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare and is published by Routledge.



The Postgraduate Research Association |is an organisation open to all research students that seeks to provide a supportive and stimulating environment for research at the university.