Search type

Art History

Female students looking at art in gallery

Postgraduate research

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

Why Manchester? roundel



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.