Institute of Creative Technologies postgraduate and research study options

The IOCT boasts a vibrant postgraduate community, across independent masters research and MPhil / PhD programmes.  To enquire about any of our programmes, contact institute director Prof Tracy Harwood at tharwood [at]

Practice-Based Research Doctoral Study

In the creative technologies research environment, which crosses multiple disciplines, text alone does not adequately describe what we do as researchers, which may include subjects such as creative practice in performance arts, dance, design, drama, fine art, music and technologies development in information technology, computing, science and engineering.  We therefore support an active practice-based approach to doctoral study, giving researchers an opportunity to explore their own practice within an appropriate paradigm.

A practice-based study involves a broad category of research that includes designing or making objects, the staging or exhibition of performances or events and the documentation of artefacts. The definition of an artefact is broad, ranging from a physical entity, such as a painting or telephone, to an abstract entity, such as a novel or a computer program, to a transient entity such as a performance. 

Through practice-based research doctoral study at the IOCT, you will have an opportunity to learn from world leading experts in practice-based research as part of our tailored seminar series and tutorials designed to meet your needs at different stages of progress in your studies.

CTx: Creative Technologies’ Innovation through Doctoral Practice

CTx is a doctoral programme focussing on Creative Technologies’ Innovation through Doctoral Practice. CTx approaches a PhD investigation using a principled, systematic modular approach. This involves designing and implementing a series of sub-projects that identify key research questions within each project, and are time bound with strategic objectives, milestones and deliverables.

The benefit of this approach is that key outcomes and new knowledge can be evaluated at key points in the development of the research, which in turn are prioritised for further examination in following phases. 

The programme includes a practice based research training programme through workshops and seminars as well as an intensive student-led residential, where each researcher presents findings from across the range research activities, providing supportive community environment further strengthening the collegiate environment of critical and systematic study.


For information regarding postgraduate research contact Prof Tracy Harwood ( - you may also wish to develop your research proposal with the helpful tips and hints available on our Doctoral College web pages.