PhD History of Art PhD By Distance Learning / MA By Research

University of Birmingham

Application deadline: None, but early application advised
Tuition fee:
  • € 4,265 / Year (EEA)
  • € 12,912 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 36 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
Project type: Open
Educational Form: Academic

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The MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a dissertation of up to 40,000 words on a topic of your choice, for which an academic staff member will provide expert supervision.

The PhD the most advanced research degree leads to a dissertation of up to 80,000 words on a subject of your choice and under the expert supervision of an academic member of staff. You can study for a PhD on campus or by Distance Learning.


Postgraduate study

The Department is located in the Barber Institute, which houses the Barber Institute gallery. This is an excellent and representative collection of post-medieval European art. It includes paintings, engravings and drawings by such artists as Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Veronese, Picasso, Magritte, as well as an important collection of nineteenth-century painting by artists such as Monet, Manet, Degas, Gauguin, Turner and Whistler. This is a valuable and convenient teaching collection which all members of staff use on a regular basis.
There is a thriving history of art postgraduate community at Birmingham, which offers a stimulating intellectual environment. A wide range of public lectures and seminar programmes are regularly hosted by the department, some of which postgraduates help to plan and organise. These provide opportunities to discuss art-historical questions with visiting speakers as well as to engage with the latest research of those working with in the University. Postgraduate students co-curate an exhibition at the Barber Institute annually and co-author and co-edit an accompanying catalogue.


Research interests of staff

* 19th-and early 20th-century French art, design and visual culture.Dr Francesca BerryTel: +44 (0)121 414 3930

* 18th-and early 19th-century French visual culture: Particular specialism in the revolutionary periods, especially iconoclasm and print culture.Dr Richard Clay
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3930
Email: +44 (0)121 414 3930

* Roman architecture; Italian art, 14001600; Renaissance and post-Renaissance architecture in Italy and Britain.
Mr David Hemsoll
Tel: +44(0)121 41 45751

* 15th- and 16th-century French and Northern European art; women in early modern art; books and manuscript illumination.Dr Elizabeth LEstrange
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8042

* German and central European art and design from the mid-19th century to the present; the historiography of art; contemporary art theory and criticism.Professor Matthew Rampley

* 18th-century Swiss art, late 19th- and early 20th-century German and Austrian art and visual culture.Dr Camilla Smith
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7568

* Modern and contemporary art and exhibition cultures in Europe (with specific emphasis on migration, hybridity and post-communism).Dr Jutta Vinzent
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3259


Applying to a Doctoral Research programme at Birmingham is a simple four-step process -

Step 1 - Ensure your qualifications meet our entry requirements|

Step 2 - Find a potential supervisor(s) and identify your research area|

Step 3 - Develop and submit an initial research proposal|

Step 4 - Submit your formal application

In order to undertake a programme of study here at the University, you will need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English. You can demonstrate your level of English with IELTS, TOEFL or alternative qualifications..


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