Research course

History of Art

Oxford Brookes University · Department of History, Philosophy and Religion

Entry requirements

We normally require either a good honours degree or a masters degree in a relevant subject. If it has been some time since your first degree we also give weight to other evidence of your research potential and to your work experience. If you want to do research in a subject other than that of your first degree, or if you have been out of formal higher education for a number of years, you may consider that the School's MA Programme would be a better first step than applying directly to do a research degree.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

Supervision from top-class academics in their fields. A vibrant cross-disciplinary perspective, wide range of support facilities and intellectual opportunities; a number of research centres which run a lively programme of seminars, lectures, conferences and other events.

We provide training in theoretical and practical areas, in transferable skills such as presentations and writing a CV. Our location provides access to some of the world's best libraries and to research facilities in Oxford, and in London.

We have nearly 300 post-graduate students in the School. 70 of these are undertaking research degrees, and our research students have an excellent completion rate.

Department specialisms

British art; 18th century sculpture; 19th century landscape painting; 20th century architectureand planning

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, you must satisfy our English language requirements by providing us with evidence of a minimum: IELTS 7.0; TOEFL paper-based 600; TOEFL computer-based 250+; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade A or B.

Fees and funding

Funding opportunities can be found at:

Qualification and course duration


part time
36-72 months
full time
24-60 months


part time
36-48 months
full time
24-36 months

Course contact details

Research Administrator
+44 (0)1865 484998