By taking the History of Art by Research (On-Campus or by Distance Learning) programme from University of Birmingham, you will also benefit from access to original works, a dedicated fine art library and collection of resources in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, our acclaimed public gallery on-campus in which the Department is based.
We offer two postgraduate research-only programmes, whether you are looking to complete your academic studies with a PhD or pursue your research at Masters level. Find out more about what to expect from a PhD and MA by Research.
Why study this course?
- World-leading research: The Department celebrated excellent results in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF): 33% of research at the University of Birmingham for ‘Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory’ was top 4* rated as ‘world-leading’. A further 49% was rated 3* ‘internationally excellent’.
- Excellent facilities: The Department is based in The Barber Institute of Fine Arts. The Barber Institute’s building is owned and maintained by the University of Birmingham and features works from the 13th to the 20th century, including Old Master and Impressionist collections.
- Postgraduate community: You will join a thriving postgraduate community. The Department hosts public lectures, research seminars and an annual symposia, in which postgraduate students are encouraged to actively participate. The Department is also home to the online Journal of Art Historiography. Each year, a postgraduate student is invited to become the editorial assistant and oversee two online editions of the journal.
- Our research in the Department covers a broad range of themes and topics, from medieval and renaissance art and architecture to contemporary global art. Our work is multifaceted, and engages with historical issues as well as theoretical questions.
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies History Art History View 639 other Masters in Area & Cultural Studies in United Kingdom
Our requirements for postgraduate research are dependent on the type of programme you are applying for:
- For MRes and MA by Research programmes, entry to our programmes usually requires a good (normally a 2:1 or above) Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification if you were educated outside the UK, usually in a relevant area.
- Applicants for a PhD will also need to hold a Masters qualification at Merit level or above (or its international equivalent), usually in a relevant area.
International19800 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 19800 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
National4565 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4565 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
- UK: £2,283 part-time
- International: £9,900 part-time (distance learning only)
Living costs for Birmingham
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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