Postgraduate research

Postgraduate research

The University provides a highly stimulating study environment with access to world-renowned collections in one of the most inspirational cities for art and design in the UK.

We offer the following research study options: PhD, MLitt and MPhil.

Areas available for research supervision include:

  • European art historical periods, especially Medieval, Renaissance, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th centuries, and contemporary
  • Modernist studies, particularly Dada and Surrealism, and 19th-century avant-gardes including Whistler, Impressionism and fin-de-si├Ęcle
  • Chinese art and culture
  • Art theory, particularly gender and post-1945
  • Collecting practices, collections, the art market, museums and curatorial practices, and technical art history
  • Material culture studies, particularly decorative art; and design history, including the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh
  • Dress and textile histories
  • Textile conservation and textile conservation science
  • Law and ethics approaches to cultural heritage
  • Art law and business.

You may want to identify and contact a potential supervisor to discuss your research proposal before you apply.