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Visual Culture, MPhil, University of Nottingham

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University of Nottingham

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
MPhilFull-time2 yearsAnytimefind outfind out
MPhilPart-time4 yearsAnytimefind outfind out
PhDFull-time3 yearsAnytimefind outfind out
PhDPart-time5 yearsAnytimefind outfind out
MAFull-time1 yearSeptemberfind outfind out

About Visual Culture, MPhil - at University of Nottingham

The Department of History of Art welcomes applications for both full-and part-time MPhil/PhD study in Art History, Visual Culture, or a related subject.


The MPhil requires one year of full-time study (minimum of two years part-time). Students research their chosen topic and write a dissertation of at least 60,000 words. Supervisions are held at a minimum of 1 hour three times each term, approximately every three weeks. The MPhil is an internationally recognised research degree.

It is common for students admitted into a MPhil to transfer onto the PhD upon successful completion of the first year of study (subject to satisfactory progress).


The PhD, 3 years of full-time or up to six years of part-time study, requires an original contribution to knowledge and a thesis of at least 80,000 words.

Research topics of recent PhD graduates or current PhD candidates are wide-ranging and include:

  • Giovanni Mansueti's canvases in St Martin's Church in Burano: iconographical sources, theological background and semantic functions
  • Joseph Wright and Derby in the 18th century
  • William Blake and landscape
  • Pastel and portraiture in the 18th century
  • The Iconography of Union in the Houses of Parliament
  • Criminal Portraiture: surfaces and subjectivities
  • Popular Conceptions of War in 19th Century Britain
  • Automatism in the writing and drawings of Artaud, Michaux and Zürn
  • Updating the Uncanny: A spatial hypothesis
  • The Cultural Geography of Young British Art
  • The Photographic Enounter
  • Natural History and the work of Mark Dion, Mark Fairnington and Dorothy Cross
  • Splitting Surfaces in Gordon Matta Clark, Stephen Shore, Anthony McCall
  • Cultural and Technological aspects of Photocopying and Punk

Entry requirements for this course

Contact University of Nottingham to find course entry requirements.

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