Research course


University of East Anglia · Faculty of Arts and Humanities
PhDMPhilMA by research

Entry requirements

For entry on to the MPhil and PhD programmes, we would normally expect an applicant to hold a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent, and a good Masters degree or equivalent, in a relevant subject. For entry on to the MA by Research programme, we would normally expect an applicant to hold a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

RESEARCH DEGREES - Our department is one of the leading centres in the world for the study of art and material culture and the only centre in the UK concerned with the study of art worldwide. We welcome applications for PhDs, MPhil degrees and Masters' by Research.

If you are interested in applying for a research degree, feel free to contact academic staff directly. For contact details and research interests go to:

Staff research interests include: Art in Britain and in the US; Arts of Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Americas; Medieval and Early Renaissance Art; 18th-Century Art and Architecture; Modern and Contemporary Art; Prehistoric/Ancient Art and Archaeology; Museum and Heritage Studies.

STUDENT RESEARCH -Students’ research topics have included: Alabaster carvers of medieval England (in collaboration with the British Museum); Animal painting in Britain, 1760-1840 (in collaboration with Tate); Ethnographic collage and international modernism in post-war Britain, 1947-87; The international contemporary art triangle network in the UK, South Asia and Africa; The late work of Walter Sickert; Lebanese female artists and diasporic experience; Mapping early modern Bologna; Physiognomy, pathognomy and body rhetoric in Romanesque and early Gothic sculpture; The reception of African art in imperial Germany.

RESEARCH EVENTS AND RESEARCH SKILLS TRAINING - As a postgraduate student you can participate in our Graduate Research Seminar, as well as listen to visiting speakers from around the globe in our regular Research Seminar series. You’ll also develop your research and professional skills through training sessions organised by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Graduate School.

Information for international students

English entry requirements are: IELTS 7.0 overall (with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 6.5 in all other components) or equivalent qualification.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

MA by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Service
+44 (0)1603 591709