Research course


Aberystwyth University · School of Art

Entry requirements

MA Art History, or equivalent, and submission of a satisfactory portfolio.

Months of entry


Course content

The department offers a one year Mphil or a full PhD in Fine Art or Art History.

The teaching of art at Aberystwyth is now in its 90th year and our splendidly restored Edwardian building celebrates its centenary. The School is well equipped with large studios, print workshops, darkrooms, lecture theatres, seminar rooms, a MacSuite, galleries, archive room, and Museum.

Set in its own grounds, this Edwardian listed building was completely refurbished in 1993 and adapted to meet the needs of today’s fine art education, while retaining many of its original features. As such, it is an elegant symbol of our aim to marry tradition with contemporaneity. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment (2014) it was found that 100% of the school's research impact is world-leading and internationally excellent.

We are committed to art as an intellectual pursuit and a professional discipline; one which requires training, skill and practice as well as individual creativity. Students are chosen for their appropriateness to the professional and research interest of staff, and much of the tuition is by means of regular individual tutorials. Students are assigned to a supervisor and a particular area of study in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Book Illustration, Photography or Art History.

Art History Research Areas

  • British Art
  • Ceramics
  • Contemporary Painting
  • Graphic Art (Book Illustration, Drawing, Photography, and Printmaking)
  • Nineteenth Century European Art
  • Museum and Gallery Studies
  • Visual Culture of Religion
  • Wales and Art
  • Women's Art, Craft, and Design

Fine Art Research Areas

  • Book Illustration
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking

Information for international students

Information for international students can be found here: Information for International Students : Aberystwyth University

Fees and funding

For funding available to UK students: UK Students : Study With Us , Aberystwyth University

For funding available to International students: International Students : Study With Us , Aberystwyth University

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01970 622023