Research course

Art History

University of Sussex · School of History, Art History and Philosophy

Entry requirements

You’re normally expected to have a Masters degree and an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree.

Your qualification should be in art history or a related subject such as history, architecture, English, archaeology, anthropology or cultural studies. You should also show evidence of engagement with art history at an advanced level. You may also be considered for the degree if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Months of entry

January, May, September

Course content

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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