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Art History and Visual Studies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #27 (QS) ,
You want to be part of a vibrant teaching and research environment, where the interests of academic staff, students and professionals converge; You want to take advantage of our strong working relationships with museums and galleries throughout Britain and abroad; You are interested in exploring original art in Manchester's many galleries.

About

Postgraduate research in AHVS is largely driven by the interests and research profiles of individual staff members. 

Our research strengths include: medieval England and Italy; Italian and Northern Renaissance; Renaissance print culture; history of architecture; history of gardens; art and science; British art in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; Romanticism and its reception; the history and theory of the avant-garde; art and sexuality; modernism and postcolonialism; art and psychoanalysis; poststructuralism; history and theory of photography; experimental art-writing.

Career opportunities

A research degree in Art History enhances employment opportunities in many fields connected with the visual arts, architecture and material culture, including art galleries, the art trade and auction houses, the heritage industry, architectural conservation, publishing, art criticism and aspects of arts administration, as well as university and higher education, and other careers open to students of the arts with a postgraduate research qualification.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Coursework and assessment

  • The award of PhD follows three years of successful supervised research undertaken in the School. The maximum length of the PhD thesis is 80,000 words.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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General Requirements

  • Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. 
  • A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4195 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4195 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
PhD (part-time)
UK/EU students (per annum): £2,098

Living costs for Manchester

  • 645 - 1200 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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