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Art History and Theory, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months


The support provided by your supervisor is a key feature of your experience as a research student. Your supervisor will guide you through the different stages of your research degree. Initially, your supervisor helps you to develop your research topic and plan; then, you participate in regular one-to-one meetings to comment on drafts, resolve problems and maintain progress on your research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Our PhDs are conceived as a structured, three-year programme of advanced study and research. Supervision is by regular individual tutorials, and the award of a research degree depends solely on the merits of your final research output (i.e., either a c. 80,000-word thesis for the PhD in Art History and Theory or a c. 40,000-word thesis plus a major, research-based exhibition for the practice-based PhD in Curating).

The development of your research project is supported and monitored via Supervisory Boards, which happen twice a year for full-time students. Here, your supervisor and another member of staff discuss your research with you, progress is assessed against milestones, and training or other support needs are identified. We also provide a number of training opportunities and support services, which aid your studies and help prepare you for employment. 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

For research study within our School of Philosophy and Art History, we normally require a good honours degree and a Masters degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. A well-developed research proposal, normally around 2,000 words, is also essential.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14720 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14720 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    4630 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4630 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Colchester

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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