Research course

Art History

University of Sussex · School of History and Philosophy

Entry requirements

A Masters degree in art history or a related discipline such as history, architecture, English, archaeology, anthropology or cultural studies, and proof of engagement with art history at an advanced level.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

  • PhD in Art History
  • MPhil in Art History

From world-leading research to our radical approach to the histories of art, from exceptional links with museums and galleries to Brighton’s distinctive arts culture – you’ll find Sussex a truly exceptional place to work on your research project.

We offer research supervision in the history of art and architecture, including:

  • the history of the visual arts and architecture of western Europe in the early modern and modern periods
  • Byzantine art
  • Renaissance art
  • 18th-century art
  • art and empire
  • British and North American art of the 20th century
  • contemporary visual culture, especially photography.

Department specialisms

For further information visit the postgraduate study page.

Information for international students

English language requirements

Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section)

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English Language Support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our Masters courses.

Visas and Immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Postgraduate Masters Loan

MPhil students might be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36-72 months
full time
24-48 months


full time
12-36 months
part time
24-48 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 876612