What is split-site study?

Split-site study programmes are normally set up as part of a partnership agreement between the University and another academic institution.  The College of Humanities currently has three split-site programmes, which were created as part of highly prestigious partnership agreements between the College and the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) in Bangalore, and the London Film School (LFS).

Our split-site programmes

MPhil/PhD in Archaeology and Drama (NIAS)

The College of Humanities was awarded the two UK India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) grants to develop split-site PhDs, in Archaeology and Drama, in December 2011. These grants enable exchanges with staff and researchers over a period of three years.   Six College studentships have so far been offered to candidates for the year 2011-12, with a further 13 appointments planned over the next two years.

The programme emanated out of the UKIERI Pioneering Metallurgy Archaeometallurgical Survey, a joint venture in 2009-11 between the Department of Archaeology at the University of Exeter and NIAS.  This provided a supportive platform for advancement of the research initiated under the aegis of the UKIERI project and brought experts and the students from UK and India under a single umbrella in order to achieve a world-class research output.

Students will study and undertake fieldwork between the Exeter and NIAS campuses.  Having co-supervisors between the two institutions is considered a tremendous opportunity for these students.

Jerri Daboo, Senior Lecturer in Drama at Exeter, says, “What is particularly exciting about the collaboration between NIAS and Exeter is the opportunity for expanding interdisciplinary research and frameworks. Performance Studies as a discipline tends to be inherently interdisciplinary, and working with experts in NIAS from fields such as cognitive science, philosophy and neurophysiology will greatly enhance the depth of this work for the doctoral students”.

Smriti Haricharan, Post-Doctoral Associate at NIAS said, “This is a new and exciting collaboration. NIAS is a multi-disciplinary institute and unique in its approach to research, and Exeter being a large institution with amazing facilities and great research means this promises to be a very productive and enterprising partnership”.

The student cohort will travel to India in the new year to work with their co-supervisors at NIAS and conduct fieldwork, which in the case of the archaeology students will mean new survey and exploration in rural Andra Pradesh. Exeter staff will join the students later in the spring for a joint research seminar at NIAS which promises to be a further exciting step forward in international and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Postgraduate research student Tathagata Neogi, says, “It has been a wonderful experience so far. Everything started off with a very useful meeting with my supervisor at Exeter, Dr. Juleff. The group all get on very well as a cohort and I am looking forward to a very productive three years”.

MPhil/PhD in Film by Practice (LFS)

Since 1956 LFS has trained thousands of directors, cinematographers, editors and other film professionals now working across the globe. Alumni include many great filmmakers and very successful technicians, covering all kinds of cinema - names like Mike Leigh, Michael Mann, Tak Fujimoto, Roger Pratt, Ueli Steiger, Iain Smith, Danny Huston, Franc Roddam, Anne Hui, Duncan Jones and Bill Douglas. LFS is one of only three ‘Skillset Film Academies’, accredited by the UK film industry as centres of excellence.

In January 2012 the University of Exeter and the London Film School signed a five-year agreement that will enable doctoral film students to hone their filmmaking skills alongside their academic studies.

This unique and exciting programme provides students with the best of both worlds - belonging to an internationally recognised University and the College of Humanities, combined with immersion in the professional world of film creation offered by the London Film School (LFS).  This programme is designed for students wishing to take their filmmaking practice beyond an MA and to integrate their technical and practical skills into a more advanced cultural, aesthetic and critical context.

The partnership formed by LFS and the College of Humanities provides a unique combination of strengths in all the areas covered by this doctoral programme.  College staff have critical theoretical experience required to lead the supervision of a research degree, while LFS staff are professionals from within the creative industries with significant expertise in guiding students in filmcraft.  Students benefit from being part of both the research culture of the College and the professionally-based environment of the LFS.

Mike Leigh, Chairman of the LFS commented: “Our new relationship with the College of Humanities at Exeter is very exciting. It's gratifying to be working with kindred spirits, and I'm confident that this doctoral programme will play a vital role in the serious, innovative cinema of tomorrow.”

Dean of the College of Humanities Professor Nick Kaye said: “We are hugely excited to be embarking on this exceptional journey with the London Film School. By combining our strengths we are able to offer innovative and exciting opportunities for postgraduate research that will not only benefit students, but also the film industry. I look forward to a very fruitful partnership.”

The Director of the LFS, Ben Gibson, added, “As a School, we're committed to finding the right ways for filmmakers to develop their ideas and their craft. This is the first time that a PhD programme based on practice has been able to take the craft element at its full value, and to balance the process and the outcome in a way that will make the fruits of research visible. Our colleagues at the College of Humanities are ambitious and radical. This will be an important Partnership.”

How to apply?

Our split-site programmes are currently only available as part of our scholarship scheme, they are not open for standard application.  Details of these scholarships and the application process will be posted on our funding web page as soon as they are available.  Please note that the normal entry point for our split-site programmes in September.