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Postgraduate study in History of Art

History of art taught programmes

For details of typical units on offer see the programme catalogue.

If you would like further information on the academic content of the course, please email

History of art research programmes (MPhil, MLitt/PhD)

We welcome and encourage applications for postgraduate degrees by research. In addition to topics focusing on single research areas, we actively encourage interdisciplinary research that cuts across the spectrum of the history of art, or other intellectual disciplines in the Faculty of Arts and beyond. Joint supervision may be provided.

If you are interested in pursuing a research degree, contact us at in the first instance. You are also very welcome to contact any of the academic staff that you think may be able to supervise your proposed research topic. 

See our research clusters for more information on how our research activity is focused.

Skills training

You will also benefit from the Graduate School of Arts and Humanities' skills training programme, which allows you to extend your range of academic and professional skills. You may also be given the chance at an appropriate stage to teach undergraduates, and you will be offered training for this purpose, leading to formal accreditation.

Further information on History of Art research programmes »

You are able to study a vast range of topics from Medieval architecture to German Modernism, which is great for students like me who do not want to specialise just yet.

Holly, MA in History of Art

Graduate School Students in the Graduate School

The Graduate School of Arts and Humanities is the central hub for postgraduate study in the Faculty of Arts, providing support, information and a vibrant community for our students.

Did you know?

The Graduate School offers scholarship opportunities and other financial aid to Arts applicants on both taught and research programmes.

PhD funding

New studentships are available for arts and humanities PhDs at Bristol, via the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership.