Research course

History of Art

University of Birmingham · Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies

Entry requirements

Our requirements for postgraduate research are dependent on the type of programme you are applying for:

For MRes and MA by Research programmes, entry to our programmes usually requires a good (normally a 2:1 or above) Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification if you were educated outside the UK, usually in a relevant area.

Applicants for a PhD will also need to hold a Masters qualification at Merit level or above (or its international equivalent), usually in a relevant area.

Any academic and professional qualifications or relevant professional experience you may have are normally taken into account, and in some cases, form an integral part of the entrance requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Immerse yourself in the History of Art by completing your own independent research project within one of the best resourced Departments of History of Art in Britain, while undertaking essential training to support your project.

You can complete your research project in any aspect of History of Art, as agreed by your supervisor. Most of the teaching takes place in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, which houses the Barber Institute Gallery, a valuable teaching collection, used by all members of staff on a regular basis. The Barber Institute is home to an onsite research library, a prints and drawings study room and a coin study room.

To find out more about this programme and make an enquiry you can contact Dr Kate Nichols, the Admissions Tutor for postgraduate research. In order to apply for the MRes History of Art programme, you should approach the Admissions Tutor with a detailed research proposal.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Kate Nichols