Research course

Art History and Visual Studies

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Humanities

Entry requirements

We require successful completion of a master's course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Our PhD Art History and Visual Studies programme offers the opportunity to conduct in-depth research in an area of particular interest.

Postgraduate research within Art History at Manchester is largely driven by the interests of our members of staff. Our research strengths include:

  • Medieval England and Italy;
  • Italian and Northern Renaissance;
  • Renaissance print culture;
  • History of architecture;
  • History of gardens;
  • Art and science;
  • British art in the 18th and 19th centuries;
  • Romanticism and its reception;
  • The history and theory of the avant-garde;
  • Art and sexuality;
  • Modernism and post-colonialism;
  • Art and psychoanalysis;
  • Poststructuralism;
  • History and theory of photography;
  • Experimental art-writing.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
+44 (0)161 275 3559