Postgraduate research in Art History is largely driven by the interests and research profiles of individual staff members.
You'll have access to the University's award-winning art gallery, The Whitworth, recently re-opened following a £15 million redevelopment programme, as well as the John Rylands Library and Manchester Museum.
View our programmes, and the support available for our postgraduate researchers.
- Art History and Visual Studies PhD
- Arts and Cultural Management PhD
- Arts Management and Cultural Policy PhD
- Museum Practice PhD
- Museology PhD
Our research strengths include:
- Oriental Christianity and early Islam;
- medieval England and Italy;
- decorative arts, including stained glass, dress, and textiles;
- architecture and cities (British, European, Islamic, post-colonial);
- 19th and 20th century Britain;
- art galleries, museums and collecting;
- Surrealism and the 20th century avant-garde;
- art and science;
- contemporary art;
- post-colonialism and critical theory.
Prospective applicants for the PhD should review our staff page for a potential supervisor and contact the relevant person directly.
Your email of inquiry should include a succinct description of your research interests (no more than a few sentences) and a CV detailing your prior education and any academic accomplishments or relevant employment.
Find out about the bursaries, scholarships and studentships available to support postgraduate research.
Information about applying for a postgraduate research degree in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.
Discover how our community is distinctive for its range of researchers, connections with artists and the museum world and interdisciplinary interests.