History of Art MPhil/PhD


Research areas:

  • Art theory and the history of the discipline
  • British, French and German art and architecture c. 1700–1945
  • Cross-cultural studies and globalisation
  • Materials, objects and practices of art history
  • Modern and Contemporary art
  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies
  • The history of the body and the relationship between art and science
  • The history of visual technologies (print, photography, time-based media).

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Entry requirements

A UK Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Students are normally required to have achieved an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s or its overseas equivalent at first degree level.

English level expected: Good

Application

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

Fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,200
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,250

Funding

Three Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities will be available for PhD students starting in 2014 in the areas of literature, language and history.
The department awards three half-fee bursaries to Master’s or research students liable to pay overseas fees.

Scholarships available for this department

Overseas Graduate Bursary

Wolfson Scholarships

The intention is that Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on their chosen field. Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded solely on academic merit. Ideally the successful students would aspire to an academic career.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website


Career

Recent graduates have been awarded prestigous post-doctoral fellowship and secured academic positions at top universities and research institutes in the UK, Europe, North America and Asia. Many have also pursued successful curatorial careers at major museums and collections in Britain, including Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum, the Barbican Art Gallery and many more including museum and galleries abroad. Others work as art journalists or in publishing.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Courtland Institute of Art, Lecturer, 2011
  • Tate Modern, Curator, 2012
  • British Academy, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2011
  • McGill University, Assistant Professor, 2011
  • Edinburg University, Lecturer, 2012

Employability

The PhD int he History of Art rewuires independent, self-motivated research and will teach students to formulate and convey their ideas both within specialised areas as well as within broader audiences. It will enable the student to develop original thinking on all aspects of visual culturs, drawing on historical and contemporary cultural debates. Students gain experience of working in diferent kinds of archives and with different approaches to visual material. PhD students are trained to work as teaching assistants in the department, and the combination of research and teaching skills prepares them for the diverse demands of an academic career.

Networking

A PhD in Art History also prepares students to take up senior curatorial or management positions in museums or the heritage industry. Our research studenrs have the opportunity to participate in the editing of the journal Object, an experience particularly valuable for pursuing a career in art, academic and general culture-related publishing.


Next steps

Contact

Ms Jenni Grove

T: +44 (0)20 3108 4011

Department

History of Art

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Prospectus subject

History of Art

Faculty overview

Social and Historical Sciences


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Staff View

"The UCL History of Art Department appealed to me because of its long-standing commitment to critical theory, a willingness to embrace interdisciplinary approaches and a research culture in which period isn’t the chief organising factor."

Dr Robert Mills

Reader in Medieval Art

Student View

"The ability to see works of art in situ, both in London galleries and department-subsidised trips to Europe, proved the department's commitment to the analysis of the physical art object and an understanding of the criticality of the work's context."

James Baskerville

Degree: History of Art MA