PhD History of Art PhD/MA By Research (On-Campus or By Distance Learning)

  • On Campus
  • 36 months
  • GBP13680 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
University of Birmingham | Birmingham, United Kingdom
The Art History, Curating 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/MA By Research (On-Campus or By Distance Learning)


The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Birmingham?s History of Art graduates develop a broad range of transferable skills, including: familiarity with research methods; the ability to manage large quantities of information from diverse sources; the ability to organise information in a logical and coherent manner; the expertise to write clearly and concisely and to tight deadlines; critical and analytical ability; the capacity for argument, debate and speculation; and the ability to base conclusions on detailed research.

Our History of Art postgraduates also have the advantage of gaining hands-on experience at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts: the university?s on-campus art gallery which is home to the Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies.

Over the past five years, 100% of History of Art postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Many graduates enter occupations relating to gallery and museum curatorship, management and research; others pursue careers in academia. Employers that our graduates have gone on to work for include: Barber Institute of Fine Arts; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; Bodleian Library; National Portrait Gallery; Royal Birmingham Society of Artists; University of Birmingham; and Victoria and Albert Museum.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 13 November 2015 and Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit:

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline None, but early application advised
Tuition fee
  • GBP 13680 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 4110 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 36 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 72 months
Part-time variant Flexible
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

English Language Requirements

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Requirements for History of Art PhD/MA By Research (On-Campus or By Distance Learning)

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

  • by holding an English language qualification to the right level
  • by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students

Work Experience for History of Art PhD/MA By Research (On-Campus or By Distance Learning)

No work experience is required.

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