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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Glasgow

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

We have a vibrant student community in the History of Art with many research projects and external collaborations.


Areas available for research supervision include:

  • European art historical periods, particularly medieval, Renaissance, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries
  • Modernist studies, particularly Dada and Surrealism
  • Chinese art and culture
  • the development and application of art theory, particularly gender and post-1945
  • collecting practices, collections and museums technical art history: interdisciplinary research into artists’ materials, methods, and studio practices in the past and present, artists’ intent, authenticity and authentication
  • material culture studies, particularly decorative art and design history
  • dress textile history
  • textile conservation and textile conservation science.

Our research degrees offer unique opportunities for:

  • object-based learning using outstanding local collections and archives
  • training in research methods and skills
  • participation in many extra-curricular activities in the School of Culture and Creative Arts, detailed on our Student Life pages. Study is complemented by a lively programme of research seminars, to which postgraduates contributes, which includes lectures delivered by leading art and design historians, conservators and other visiting academics.

Thesis length: 70,000-100,000 words, including references, bibliography and appendices (other than documentary appendices).

A Doctor of Philosophy may be awarded to a student whose thesis is an original work making a significant contribution to knowledge in, or understanding of, a field of study and normally containing material worthy of publication.

Tuition fees

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£ 19,350per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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University of Glasgow

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  • Campus address

    University of Glasgow, The Fraser Building, 65 Hillhead Street, Glasgow, Glasgow, City Of, G12 8QQ, Scotland

A wide range of international scholarships are available including International Excellence scholarships and postgraduate awards.
Meet students from across the university with over 250 clubs and societies available – ranging from international student societies to the Harry Potter society.
Pre-sessional English language provision available prior to starting university, and English language support options throughout the duration of study.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    16th out of 28 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 220
    171 90%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60 60%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.97 79%



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