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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary


Our internationally-renowned PhD programme is one of the largest in the United Kingdom, hosting over 100 doctoral students at any one time on their paths toward a PhD. At The Courtauld, you will join a cohort of the most ambitious and gifted students in your field as you pursue your research goals.

Our diverse cohort of students comes from across the United Kingdom and around the world to explore an equally wide range of research topics. Our students’ excellence is reflected in the large number of AHRC-funded awards gained over the last decade, one of a number of routes available for supporting your studies. Recent and current doctoral projects include mosaics in Constantinople, Buddhist wall paintings in Bhutan, Cubism in Japan, and post-war Korean avant-gardes, among many others.

A Courtauld Research degree includes scheduled skills and methodology seminars along with the main element: one-to-one supervision on your chosen project. Your supervisory team will guide your research, help plan, develop and shape your thesis, and support your scholarly and professional development in diverse ways.

A research-intensive institution, The Courtauld consistently achieves outstanding results in the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) audit. Courtauld teachers publish on a host of topics, with recent important books and articles on Persian kingship and architecture, Spanish Renaissance sculpture, Netherlandish artists and migration, gardens and empire in China, Victorian art and science, American fashion photography, and many others. Members of Faculty have extensive experience curating major exhibitions of historic and contemporary art, editing and contributing to academic journals, winning competitive research grants, speaking publicly in a great variety of institutions and events, and working in archives and collections worldwide. All this and more contributes to our mentoring of students as they undertake their doctoral careers at The Courtauld.

Careers & Employment

Many doctoral students aspire to advanced careers in the arts or academia, including roles in universities, museums, galleries, and non-profit organisations. Your supervisor and advisor will play an important role in counselling you around professionalisation and preparation for your future career. The PhD programme hosts a variety of other forums for career planning, discussions that begin in the first-year skills and methods seminar and continue throughout your time at The Courtauld.

Should you decide to pursue a career in a field outside those traditionally targeted by PhDs, you will find you degree has equipped you with superior skills in research, analysis, project design and management, and writing, among others. The Courtauld Careers Service offers bespoke, one-on-one advice and support for exploring career options, enhancing employability, understanding and navigating the jobs and self-employment market, and making successful applications. This service is available for all graduates for up to two years after graduation.

Tuition fees

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£ 19,750per year

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

University information

Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London

  • Campus address

    Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, Somerset House, Strand, Westminster, WC2R 0RN, England

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