Our Department of History of Art is at the forefront of art history research. We have strong partnerships with institutions and world-leading academic staff with a wide range of expertise.
We offer three research degree programmes:
MPhil History of Art
PhD History of Art
PhD History of Art (by distance learning)
We’re a top ten UK research department. Our research is ranked first in the UK for its impact and environment - the support we give to researchers - according to the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the latest REF results (2021)
We have strong partnerships and collaborations with local, national and international art and heritage institutions, for example, Tate, the National Gallery, regional country houses, museums and galleries such as the Yorkshire Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Hepworth Wakefield and Henry Moore Institute.
Our staff are international curators and world-leading researchers with a wide range of research expertise spanning a diverse array of topics.
We are a large department with a vibrant research community.
Our research is focused around the following areas:
Architectural History and Theory
Artist's Film and Media
Islamic Art and Architecture
Medieval Art and Medievalisms
Modern and Contemporary
Stained Glass Studies
Renaissance and Baroque
A range of resources for the study of art history with the Raymond Burton Humanities Research Library, Borthwick Institute for Archives, King's Manor Library and Minster Library.
A large community committed to research excellence, including art history research schools, as well as an interdisciplinary research centre.
As a research student you will have access to teaching opportunities.
We hold regular events and research seminars, with teaching from distinguished visiting scholars.
A distance learning PhD that enables you to study based away from York.
Opportunities for postgraduate research funding.
York and the surrounding area has rich resources to study and research art, architecture and conservation. York is home to medieval buildings and sculpture, collections of stained glass and studio pottery, and a thriving contemporary art scene. The region contains many historically significant buildings, monasteries, churches, castles, country houses and museums and galleries.
Check that your research interests align with the expertise of one of our staff. Once you've identified a potential supervisor, please contact them before applying to discuss your application and potential research areas.
This programme is waiting to confirm funding from a university or external source. This may depend on attracting suitable students and applications are welcome. Please see the programme details for more information.
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