Postgraduate study in History of Art

Postgraduate Teaching Assistants in the Department of Art History, Film and Visual StudiesThe Department offers a taught Masters programme in the History of Art as well as two research masters programmes, the MRes and and the MA by research. The Department also offers a PhD programme in Art History.

Birmingham offers a thriving Art History postgraduate community, in a a stimulating university and gallery environment with an internationally recognised research culture. research culture. As part of the MA programme, postgraduate students have the opportunity to be involved in the curation of an exhibition held at the Barber Institute. For the past three years, this exhibition had been organised around works lent by the National Portrait Gallery in London. The department hosts public lectures, research seminars and an annual symposia, in all of which postgraduate students are encouraged to actively participate. The department is also home to the online Journal of Art Historiography. Each year a postgraduate student is invited to become the editorial assistant and oversee two online editions of this journal.

All of our postgraduate students become part of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School. Visit the website to find out more about its research community and top class facilities, as well as funding and scholarship opportunities


History of Art MA

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time, part time

This programme provides you with the opportunity to pursue in-depth study of the history of art: comprising of a taught two-term 'Special [more...]

History of Art MRes

  • Postgraduate
  • Combined research and taught
  • Full time, part time

If you want to focus on researching one specific area in the history of art without going straight into a PhD, then the MRes is the programme for [more...]

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

  • Postgraduate
  • Distance learning, doctoral research
  • Full time, part time

The Art History, Film and Visual Studies Department offers promising candidates the opportunity to carry out research in one of the most dynamic [more...]

Cultural internships

Katie discusses her postgraduate studies at Birmingham and involvement in the Cultural Internship Scheme, as well as other opportunities to get involved with arts management at Birmingham in partnership with The Barber Institute of Fine Art.