University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

History of Art

The award of a PhD is virtually a necessary condition for pursuing a career as an academic art historian; in addition to the variety of generic skills training that is offered across the university, the History of Art Department also offers students on our research programmes training in the attribution of paintings and drawings, the cataloguings of collections, acquisitions for collections, and the work of commercial galleries and sales-rooms; research specialisms of staff include: nineteenth-and early twentieth-century French art, design and visual culture; eighteenth-and early nineteenth-century French visual culture - particular specialism in the revolutionary periods, especially iconoclasm and print culture; Roman architecture, Italian art, 1400�1600, Renaissance and post-Renaissance architecture in Italy and Britain; post-war art, exile art, Central European modern art; eighteenth-century British and Swiss art, early twentieth-century European art.

Entry requirements

PhD: Masters degree in a relevant subject. MA by Research: 2.1 (Hons) in a relevant subject

Sponsorship information

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. Students can apply for the Haywood Scholarship for the history of art. The Haywood is available on a competitive basis and is normally reserved for 2nd year PhD students and above.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA (Res) Full-time £ 4,110 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time £ 13,680 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA (Res) Part-time £ 2,055 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
PhD Full-time £ 4,110 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 13,680 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
PhD Distance learning - 3 years
PhD Part-time - 6 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

Key information

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
Telephone number: 
0121 414 5005