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History of Art MPhil/PhD

UCL History of Art is a leading research department. Our staff are prominent researchers in diverse fields and there is a thriving graduate community. On graduating, students pursue successful positions in academia, curating, and related careers. Graduate students participate in our regular research seminars, and write, edit and produce the journal Object. We also offer opportunities for students to work as Teaching Assistants in the department.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 23 July 2021

Tuition fees (2021/22)

UK:
£5,525 (FT)
£2,765 (PT)
Overseas:
£22,230 (FT)
£11,190 (PT)


Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A UK Master's degree in a relevant discipline (pass of 68% or better), 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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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.

Select your country:

Research areas

  • Art theory and the history of the discipline
  • European art and architecture c. 1700–1945
  • Art, architecture, and aesthetics of the Global South
  • 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).
More information can be found on the department website: History of Art MPhil/PhD

About this degree

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

The majority of our research students receive funding for their studies. There are several sources of funding, as well as those offered centrally by UCL:

AHRC Scholarships
The department has typically secured 2-4 AHRC scholarships each year for Home/EU students. AHRC scholarships are awarded and administered by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP). Applicants for these scholarships must apply to the UCL History of Art research degree before applying for funding via LAHP.

www.lahp.ac.uk

In addition, there are some sources of funding offered by the Department each year. Please check the departmental website for details and updates.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Critical Histories of Art Studentship

Note:
Deadline: 10 May 2021
Value:
Fees plus stipend (£17,609) for 3 years (3 years (full-time) or 5 years (part-time))
Eligibility:
UK
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

History of Art Departmental Research Studentship

Note:
Deadline: 10 May 2021
Value:
Fees plus stipend (£17,609) for 3 years (3 years (full-time), 5 years (part-time) )
Eligibility:
UK
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

History of Art Departmental Bursary

Note:
Deadline: 10 May 2021
Value:
One-off award of up to £15,000     (Duration of Programme)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Recent graduates have been awarded prestigious postdoctoral 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 museums and galleries abroad. Others work as art journalists or in publishing.

Employability

The PhD in the History of Art requires independent, self-motivated research and will teach students to formulate and convey their ideas both to specialised as well as to broader audiences. It will enable students 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.

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 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?

The department has a vibrant research culture and hosts numerous public events and research seminars in which research students are encouraged to participate.

Please see the departmental website for more information.

Department: History of Art

What our students and staff say

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

History of Art MA, History of Art PhD, Medieval and Renaissance Studies MA
Reader in Medieval Art

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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

Application deadlines

All applicants
23 July 2021

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. You should identify and contact potential supervisors or consult with the departmental Graduate Tutor before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.


For more information see our Applications page.

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