Research programmes

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  • FT / Full-time
  • PT / Part-time (over two years)
  • FX / Flexible mode of study available (up to five years)
  • DL / Distance-learning mode available

History of Art

The department’s academic staff are internationally renowned scholars in a range of topical fields. We provide a vibrant research environment and graduate students participate in our weekly postgraduate seminar, are invited to be part of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art as well as the Past Imperfect Visual Culture Seminar. Research students also write, edit and produce the peer-reviewed journal Object. We offer opportunities to research students to work as teaching assistants in the department. We have extensive interchanges with other art history departments in London and jointly organise ReSkin, an intercollegiate skills training and networking opportunity for research students, as well as shared seminars and public events. In addition to UCL’s own Art Museum, the department is situated in close proximity to important museums, galleries and libraries such as the British Museum, the National Gallery or the British library.

Taught and research programmes

Degree programme Qualifications Modes
History of Art MPhil/PhD FT3, PT5
History of Art MA FT, PT

Student/staff ratios

  • 17 staff
  • 38 taught students
  • 45 research students


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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

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