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