Research course

Art History and Visual Studies

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Humanities

Entry requirements

A First or Upper Second Class Honours degree plus a Masters qualification in a relevant subject area, or its overseas equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Art History and Visual Studies operates a split-site PhD with the University of Art in Tehran, the premier higher education institute in Iran for the study of fine and performing arts, with separate campuses in Karaj and Tehran. The programme was founded to allow Iranian students to come to The University of Manchester, but enquiries are also welcome from students who may wish to take advantage of the opportunities that Manchester's link with the University of Art presents for comparative research on aspects of Persian and Western art, architecture and archaeology. Joint supervision can be offered with textiles experts in the Whitworth Art Gallery or with colleagues in Middle Eastern Studies.

Module details:
Research strengths in Art History include: Greece; Italy (Etruscan, Roman, 1300-1700); Oriental Christianity and early Islam; medieval England; stained glass; dress & textiles; gardens; architecture & cities (British, European, Islamic, post-colonial); Turkey & England; Victorians; art galleries, museums & collecting; modern Britain; Surrealism; art & medicine; photography; contemporary; post-colonialism; heritage.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, you need a minimum of IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based).

Fees and funding

Some awards are usually offered by the School or department: see the school website for current information, or contact the Admissions Administrator.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
+44 (0)161 275 3559