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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Birkbeck, University of London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    04-OCT-21, 10-JAN-22, 25-APR-22

  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

The Department of History of Art has an international reputation for its research in medieval, Renaissance and modern art. Our range of interests include: nineteenth- and twentieth-century design history; photography; museology; gender and representation; and interdisciplinary topics, particularly relationships between: art and film; art and anthropology; and art and medicine.

Current research is concentrated in the following areas:

EARLY MODERN ART AND ARCHITECTURE IN SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE

  • Urbanism, architecture and visual culture in Medieval Europe
  • Visual cultures of fifteenth-century Europe
  • Art in Early Modern Italy

ARCHITECTURE

  • Medieval architecture in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Institutional and domestic space in early-twentieth-century Vienna
  • Brutalism and twentieth-century British architecture

PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Daguerrotypes and nineteenth-century commercial photography
  • Photography and gender
  • Photography and sculpture
  • Twentieth-century British photojournalism
  • 1970s radical photographic practice

MUSEUMS AND MEMORY STUDIES

  • Museums, monuments and memorialisation
  • Monuments and trauma
  • Micro-museums

BRITISH ART

  • Eighteenth-century portraiture and conversation pieces
  • Nineteenth-century optical technologies
  • Twentieth-century art, photography and architecture

An PhD is an advanced postgraduate research degree that requires original research and the submission of a substantial dissertation. The MPhil thesis is not more than 60,000 words; the PhD thesis is not more than 100,000 words. The thesis requirements for a practice-based project vary according to the nature of the research and can be discussed with the admissions tutors. Both the MPhil and the PhD are assessed by a viva voce examination.

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£ 13,200per year

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University information

Birkbeck, University of London

  • Campus address

    Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, United Kingdom, WC1E 7HX, England

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