Postgraduate research

Postgraduate research in Art History is largely driven by the interests and research profiles of individual staff members.

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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.


Finding a supervisor

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;
  • photography;
  • 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.