Each CODEX student will have a First Supervisor (the Director of Studies), a mandatory Second supervisor and a Third Supervisor. Two supervisors will be from the University of Plymouth, including the Director of Studies) and one supervisor will be from the CODEX Research Network. The two or three supervisors will comprise the Student’s supervisory team.

Plymouth based CODEX supervisors are drawn from across the established research clusters in the School of Art, Design and Architecture and include:


These potential supervisors draw on a wealth of supervisory and research experience in their Plymouth based research clusters:

Jiangnan University based CODEX supervisors are drawn from across the established Research Centres in the School of Design, and include:

Nanjing University of the Arts based CODEX supervisors are drawn from Design, Media and Digital Art, and include:

Soochow University based CODEX supervisors are drawn from across the established Research Centres in the School of Architecture, and include:

Research Proposal:

A student’s PhD journey begins with the application process. Students will apply (see INFORMATION) to join CODEX with a Research Project proposal that maps out their intended research and must demonstrate their ability to engage in substantial research activity for the duration of their enrolment.

A research project proposal will typically be no longer than 4 x A4 pages (Arial 11 point font), and include:

  • Research Project Title
  • Outline of the general topic or area of research;
  • Explanation of key terms and references;
  • Indicative research questions or identification of the problem;
  • The disciplinary field or fields in which the research will contribute to;
  • The context and disciplinary field(s) in which the research sits;
  • The significance and potential impact of the research;
  • Proposed research methodology and why (ie, how this will answer your research questions);
  • References and identification of relevant literature, practitioners, and influential works.
  • A portfolio representing relevant creative skills and practice.

Research Training:

This infrastructure underpins students’ research training and provides a critical awareness of different interdisciplinary methodological approaches and ethics. The training ensures they are able to:

  • Plan an appropriate research project and apply effective project management, setting of research goals, milestones and prioritisation of activities;
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of relevant research methodologies and techniques as well as their appropriate application within your research field, using appropriate library, bibliography and IT skills;
  • Summarise, document, report and reflect on research progress through appropriate modes of communication;
  • Demonstrate self-awareness, motivation and the ability to identify personal development and training needs;
  • Research, record, author, present, disseminate and archive research activities.

Critically, methods training will synthesise a broad range of methodologies from pertinent disciplines. This will enhance students’ research and nurture new transdisciplinary perspectives and collaborations. This type of training also amplifies research impact by ensuring heightened disciplinary literacy and articulation.

Students also engage with the generic training provision provided for Arts & Humanities students at the University of Plymouth delivered through the School of Art, Design and Architecture and Doctoral College.


CODEX also supports Post-Doctoral researchers and professional artists and designers in residence. Contact Professor Mike Phillips the CODEX Director with an outline Research Proposal.