Modes and duration
- Full-time: 3 years
- Part-time: 5 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £4,770 (FT) £2,385 (PT)
- £17,190 (FT) £8,755 (PT)
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 Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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.
Select your country:
- 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).
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 relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
- Partial fee
- Overseas students
- £27,000 (3 years)
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on academic merit
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
Recent graduates have been awarded prestigious 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, Courtauld Institute of Art (2011)
- Curator, Tate Modern (2012)
- Postdoctoral Fellowship, British Academy (2011)
- Assistant Professor, McGill University (2011)
- Lecturer, Edinburgh University (2012)
The PhD in the History of Art requires 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 culture, drawing on historical and contemporary cultural debates. Students gain experience of working in different 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.
A PhD in Art History also prepares students to take up senior curatorial or management positions in museums or the heritage industry. Our research students 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 › 43 taught students › 45 research students
Department: History of Art
"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 MillsHistory of Art MA, History of Art PhD, Medieval and Renaissance Studies MA
Reader in Medieval Art
Application and next steps
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.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now