Research course

History of Art

Institution
University of Cambridge · Faculty of Architecture and History of Art
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

A first-class or 2.1 honours (at least 67 per cent/3.6/4.0 GPA or equivalent) undergraduate bachelor's degree as well as a master's degree (at least 70 per cent or equivalent) in History of Art or a related discipline.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Since the Department of History of Art's foundation in 1970, we have established ourselves as one of the world’s leading centres for advanced research in the field. We aim to deliver a rigorous, stimulating education in the History of Art and Architecture, with a strong emphasis on the study of works of art and architecture at first-hand. We are proud of our team of staff and students whose impressive performance is critical to sustaining and enhancing the national and international reputation created by our distinguished alumni.

Cambridge itself is, from an art historical point of view, a stunning city in which to live and work. We make full use of Cambridge’s unique holdings of art and architecture, including the Fitzwilliam Museum (on our doorstep), Kettle’s Yard and the University Library as well as the buildings and collections of the Colleges. The Hamilton Kerr Institute at Whittlesford, a department of the Fitzwilliam Museum, is dedicated to the conservation of easel paintings and also contributes to our teaching and research.

A doctoral degree at the Department of History of Art offers the opportunity for independent research under the supervision of an expert departmental member of staff. The Department of History of Art and Architecture has expertise and welcomes candidates in many areas including medieval, Renaissance and early modern, and modern art and architecture, as well as topics involving critical theory and gender.

As well as the research and skills training programme offered by the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art, candidates have the opportunity to attend suitable courses in associated skills, such as modern languages, palaeography, the use of bibliographic and other databases, and computer skills.

The examination constitutes the oral examination of a thesis not exceeding 80,000 words for the PhD on a subject approved by the Degree Committee for the Faculty.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
60-84 months
full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
grad.enquiries@aha.cam.ac.uk