University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

This programme involves 3 years of independent research under the guidance and expertise of the school. It is aimed at those who already have proven ability in their chosen field and wish to continue their study at the most advanced level. It is also a necessary qualification for anyone seeking a research or an academic career. We welcome applications that include practice-led research.

Entry requirements

The heart of your application will be your research proposal. This should be a minimum of 1000 words and should normally include the following: A clear statement of the proposed research topic; an explanation and rationale of the importance and originality of the proposed topic. This may include a section on the gaps or limitations of any existing work in your proposed area; a section indicating possible methodology and why this methodology might be the most appropriate for your topic; an approximate timetable showing a realistic plan for the completion of your research and writing within 3 years. We will also require: a Curriculum Vitae; 2 academic references; transcripts of your marks for your undergraduate degree and postgraduate (Master's) degree. If you are an international student we will require a certificate of English language proficiency (no more than 2 years old) in IELTS (6.5 overall score with no less than 7.0 in writing and no less than 6 in any other skill area) or TOEFL equivalent.

Assessment methods

A PhD involves researching and writing a research thesis of up to 100,000 words on a topic of your own choice under the guidance of expert academics. The thesis should make an original contribution to knowledge through, for example, gathering and analysing new facts or by interpreting existing information in an important new way.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time September 2016 - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
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0113 343 5274