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Art History and World Art Studies at UEA


  Faculty of Arts and Humanities


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.

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

  • Art, environmentalism, and human-animal relations 
  • Contemporary art 
  • Cultural heritage and climate studies 
  • Decolonisation, restitution and postcolonial studies 
  • Medieval art, architecture, and material culture 
  • Museum studies, curatorial practice and archives 
  • Photography and artists’ film 

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 School'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. 

Deadlines for applications are listed on our information pages, where you will also find details of fees and funding . The School of Art, Media and American Studies accepts research students to start on 1 October and 1 February.

The deadline for funded studentships in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities PhD Studentships is usually January for September/October starts.

We welcome applications from students with their own funding all year - please enquire by emailing for further information.

Further information:

Find out more on UEA's School of Art History webpages

Visit UEA's Humanities Graduate School: https://www.uea.ac.uk/arts-humanities/graduate-school

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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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