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

  • On Campus
  • 36 months
  • EUR12912 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
University of Birmingham | Birmingham, United Kingdom
The Art History, Film and Visual Studies Department offers promising candidates the opportunity to carry out research in one of the most dynamic institutions in Britain. We give all possible support to our researchers, developing the resources available at the University and encouraging an active postgraduate environment for the exchange of information and concepts.

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


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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline None, but early application advised
Tuition fee
  • EUR 12912 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 4265 Year (EEA)

Full time £3996, for EU (and home) / £12565 -Overseas students

Start date September  2015
Duration full-time 36 months
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Project Type Open
Educational Form Academic

Course Content

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, 1400–1600; 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 L’Estrange
    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

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

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..

Work Experience for History of Art PhD By Distance Learning / MA By Research

No work experience is required.

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