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History of Art MPhil/PhD

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
Overseas:
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

Application deadlines

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.

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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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).

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.

Overseas Master's Bursary

Value:
Partial fee
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective overseas History of Art MA applicants.

Frances Stracey Awards

Value:
2 full fee, and several partial fee awards.
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective History of Art MA applicants from the UK/EU.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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 degree

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

Why study this degree at UCL?

Student / staff ratios › 17 staff › 38 taught students › 45 research students

Department: History of Art

Degree reviews

Staff review

"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

Subject: History of Art MA, History of Art PhD, Medieval and Renaissance Studies MA

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

Application deadlines

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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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