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  Art History and World Art Studies at UEA

  Faculty of Arts and Humanities

 Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

About the Programme

Art History and World Art Studies at UEA is a research-led, interdisciplinary department engaging such global challenges as climate change, coloniality, and continuing economic and political inequalities. Our postgraduate students are supported by supervisory teams composed of at least two staff members. They work at the heart of a vibrant research culture, enjoying access to the renowned Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and participating in the weekly World Art Research Seminar.

Research Expertise

We welcome proposals for postgraduate research projects in a variety of areas, with staff specialisms including:

  • Modern and Contemporary Art 
  • Museums, Heritage, Curating and Exhibition Histories 
  • Medieval and Early Modern Visual Culture  
  • Art and Anti-Colonial Discourse 
  • Artists’ Photography and Film 
  • Visual Culture of Climate Change 
  • Art and Ecology
  • Dialogues between Visual Art and Literature 
  • African Art and Archaeology 
  • Japanese Art and Culture

Working closely with academic supervisors gives you the support to carry out your own independent research. But how do you know which supervisory team will be right for you? We suggest you look at the department's website, check out some academics and read up on some of their publications. We recommend that you identify at least one member of staff at UEA who might be your primary supervisor and that you contact them to express your interest and discuss your research proposal. You will need to submit a research proposal of no more than 1500 words with your application.

There are four research degrees available:

  • PhD
  • PhD by Publication
  • MPhil
  • Master's by Research

Full- and part-time options are available.

Entry requirements

The minimum academic requirement for entry to a doctoral degree and MPhil degree is a UK upper second class undergraduate honours degree and a Master's degree, or equivalent.

The minimum academic requirement for Master's by Research is a UK upper second class undergraduate honours degree, or equivalent. Details of the PhD by Publication, including entry requirements, can be found here.

If English is not your first language or you are from a country that is not on the UKVI list of English speaking countries, you may be required to provide evidence of your proficiency in the English language.


For more information on PhD and studentship deadlines, visit this page.

The School of Art, Media and American Studies accepts research students to start on 1 October, 1 February and 1 June.

Further information

To find out more about the application process, please visit this page.

Please enquire by emailing: for further information.

Funding Notes

Funding notes: Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide.

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