Our regular standard of admission is at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1), although candidates will usually also have completed or be undertaking a Masters qualification.
- a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
- the question that your research will address
- an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
- an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
- a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
- a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
- an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult
Months of entry
January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February
We have a vibrant student community in the History of Art with many research projects and external collaborations.
Areas available for research supervision include:
- European art historical periods, particularly medieval, Renaissance, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries
- Modernist studies, particularly Dada and Surrealism
- Chinese art and culture
- the development and application of art theory, particularly gender and post-1945
- collecting practices, collections and museums technical art history: interdisciplinary research into artists’ materials, methods, and studio practices in the past and present, artists’ intent, authenticity and authentication
- material culture studies, particularly decorative art and design history
- dress textile history
- textile conservation and textile conservation science.
Our research degrees offer unique opportunities for:
- object-based learning using outstanding local collections and archives
- training in research methods and skills
- participation in many extra-curricular activities in the School of Culture and Creative Arts, detailed on our Student Life pages. Study is complemented by a lively programme of research seminars, to which postgraduates contributes, which includes lectures delivered by leading art and design historians, conservators and other visiting academics.
Start dates are set by both the supervisor and the department. As such some PHD options will have fixed start dates (likely January/October) and others have a rolling intake. For more details please contact the relevant department.
Information for international students
Fees and funding
- College of Arts Graduate School funding opportunities
- Eligibility and submission details : closing date is Friday 15 December 2017
- Eligibility and application details : closing date is Friday 15 December 2017 (we must also have received your PhD application by this date)
Qualification and course duration
MLitt by research
Course contact details