Art Postgraduate Research - PhDs and Studentships

Full Time/ Part Time
PhD by Research, MA (Res), MPhil (Res)

Our department is one of the leading centres in the world for the study of art and material culture and the only centre in the UK concerned with the study of art worldwide. We welcome applications for PhDs, MPhil degrees and Masters' by Research.


RESEARCH DEGREES - Staff research interests include: Arts of Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Americas; Modern and Contemporary Art; Medieval and Early Renaissance Art; Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture; Modern India; Art in Britain and in the US; Prehistoric/Ancient Art and Archaeology; Museum and Heritage Studies.  

If you are interested in applying for a research degree, feel free to contact academic staff directly. For contact details and research interests go to:

For more information on our current research opportunities visit: 

STUDENT RESEARCH - Students’ research topics have included:  
- Alabaster carvers of medieval England (AHRC - funded in collaboration with the British Museum) 
- Animal painting in Britain, 1760-1840 (AHRC - funded in collaboration with Tate) 
- Medieval collections of the Museum of London (AHRC - funded in collaboration with MoL) 
- Ethnographic collage and international modernism in post-war Britain, 1947-87 
- The international contemporary art triangle network in the UK, South Asia and Africa  
- The late work of Walter Sickert  
- Lebanese female artists and diasporic experience 
- Mapping in early modern Bologna 
- Physiognomy, pathognomy and body rhetoric in Romanesque and early Gothic sculpture 
- The reception of African art in imperial Germany 

RESEARCH EVENTS AND RESEARCH SKILLS TRAINING - As a postgraduate student you can participate in our Graduate Research Seminar, collaborate with your peers to organize our annual Postgraduate Colloquium, and engage with visiting speakers from around the globe in our regular Research Seminar series. You’ll also develop your research and professional skills through regular training sessions organised within the department and by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Graduate School. 

Take a look at our current PhD and studentship opportunities

Course Modules 2019/0

As a postgraduate research student, your research degree will not contain modules.   


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

To be accepted onto a doctoral degree, the standard minimum academic entry requirement is either at least a 2:1 from a UK undergraduate degree, a Master’s degree, or equivalent. Some research programmes might have higher requirements and the possibility of more specific requirements. Please take a look at our current PhD opportunities or our Faculty Graduate School and School pages to find out more.  

How to Apply

Please take a look at our information on how to apply. 

    Next Steps

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