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

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.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Distance learning, doctoral research

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: PhD – 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time; MA by Research – 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

Start date: January 2014, September 2014

Contact

Admissions Tutor: Dr Camilla Smith

You can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 7568.

Details

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.

At Birmingham you also have the option of studying languages, free of charge. Almost no other UK University offers you the opportunity to learn the intense graduate academic language skills which you may need to pursue your research.

Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2014/15 are currently as follows:

  • Home / EU £3,996 full-time; £1,998 part-time
  • Overseas: £12,565 full-time; £6,282.50 part-time

Learn more about fees and funding.

Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To be eligible for these awards, candidates must hold either an offer of a place to study or have submitted an application to study at the University. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Entry requirements

Learn more about entry requirements

International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Contact

Admissions Tutor: Dr Camilla Smith

You can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 7568.

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Research interests of staff

  • 19th-and early 20th-century French art, design and visual culture.
    Dr Francesca Berry
    Tel:+44 (0)121 414 3930
    Email: f.berry@bham.ac.uk
  • 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
    Email: d.e.hemsoll@bham.ac.uk
  •  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
    Email: e.a.lestrange@bham.ac.uk
  • 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
    Email: h.c.smith@bham.ac.uk
  • 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
    Email: j.vinzent@bham.ac.uk

Contact

Admissions Tutor: Dr Camilla Smith

You can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 7568.

Employability

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.

Over the last five years 100% of History of Art postgraduates have been in work and/or further study six months after graduation using transferable skills gained in their degree. Many of our postgraduates have gone on to choose jobs relating to gallery and museum curatorship, management and research, while others have moved on to further postgraduate study to pursue a career in academia. That’s why, in addition to the variety of generic skills training that is offered across the university, we also offer students on our research programmes training in the attribution of paintings and drawings, the cataloguings of collections, acquisitions for collections, and the work of commercial galleries and salesrooms.

Contact

Admissions Tutor: Dr Camilla Smith

You can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 7568.