Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in an art history or a related subject.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The Department of History of Art welcomes applications for both full-and part-time MPhil/PhD study in art history.

Art History – MPhil

The MPhil requires one year of full-time study (minimum of two years part-time). Students research their chosen topic and write a dissertation of at least 60,000 words. Supervisions are held at a minimum of one hour 3 times each term, approximately every three weeks. The MPhil is an internationally recognised research degree.

It is common for students admitted into a MPhil to transfer onto the PhD upon successful completion of the first year of study (subject to satisfactory progress).

Art History – PhD

The PhD, three years of full-time or up to 6 years of part-time study, requires an original contribution to knowledge and a thesis of at least 80,000 words.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Department specialisms

Artists' materials and techniques, anatomy, gender and the body, 18th to 20th-century France; 19th and 20th-century Britain, Ireland and America; sculpture; race and homosexuality; art and colonial difference; Religious imagery and identity in 16th-century Italy; 17th to 18th-century art in Northern Europe; collecting; landscape, any aspect of visual culture.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any subject).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the Department of History of Art web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5843