Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

History of Art

The Department of History of Art has an international reputation for teaching and research in medieval, Renaissance and modern art history. Our range of interests extends into new areas of study, such as nineteenth- and twentieth-century design history, museology, issues relating to gender and representation, and interdisciplinary topics, particularly relationships between art and film; and art and anthropology.

Entry requirements

Good degree, usually including history of art. A 2000-word research proposal must be submitted with your application. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

Current research areas include: Medieval architecture; Italian late medieval and Renaissance art and patronage; eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British art; the colonial encounter and cultural history in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; museology; nationalism and ethnicity in contemporary visual culture; visual culture in South Africa; 19th- and 20th-century architecture and design in France and England; aspects of gender and visual culture; art and design in fin-de-sie`cle Vienna; computer applications for art history; and digital media and critical theory.

Assessment methods

The MPhil thesis is not more than 60,000 words; the PhD thesis is not more than 100,000 words. Both the MPhil and the PhD are assessed by a viva voce examination. The thesis requirements for a practice-based project vary according to the nature of the research and can be discussed with the admissions tutors.

Sponsorship information

Our School attracts funding for studentships that ensure researchers of the highest standard can pursue their research with us. We offer a range of funding opportunities for 2017-2018 entry. Outstanding candidates for part-time postgraduate research in the field of European art or architecture from the thirteenth to the seventeenth century are invited to apply for the Murray Research Studentship.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time October 2018 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time October 2018 GBP 11,995 per Year 1 (International) 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time October 2018 GBP 6,050 per Year 1 (International) 7 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time October 2018 GBP 2,187 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 7 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time January 2019 GBP 11,995 per Year 1 (International) 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time January 2019 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time January 2019 GBP 6,050 per Year 1 (International) 7 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time January 2019 GBP 2,187 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 7 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time April 2019 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time April 2019 GBP 11,995 per Year 1 (International) 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time April 2019 GBP 6,050 per Year 1 (International) 7 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time April 2019 GBP 2,187 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 7 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of History of Art and Screen Media
Telephone number: 
02070738374