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History and Philosophy of Art - PhD

History and Philosophy of Art - PhD

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Full time | Canterbury Campus | 3 years | 25-SEP-23

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Full time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Art Art Theory History

Course type


Course Summary

We offer a supportive, inclusive and innovative learning environment within the multi-disciplinary School of Arts. Applications are especially welcome in the areas of curation, Renaissance and Baroque art, contemporary practice (including global art), philosophy of art and aesthetics, curation and photography.


A PhD in History & Philosophy of Art will enable you to conduct original research under the guidance of your team of your supervisors. We welcome enquiries on any topic, but particularly those listed above, and will provide you with excellent research resources to enable you to complete your research, which will culminate in a thesis of up to 100,000 words.

You will have a minimum of two supervisors who will support and guide you through your academic and professional development throughout your studies. You will meet regularly with your supervisor(s) who will not only supervise your research project but will help you to identify parts of your research and development where you may require further training or support. A series of reviews will take place throughout your studies in order to ensure that your research project stays on track and that you have all the necessary support and resources required to successfully complete it.

Teaching and assessment

Assessment is by coursework and the dissertation.


The arts and heritage industries are among the UK’s most dynamic and innovative employment sectors. Arts postgraduates have gone on to work in a range of professions, including museums, auction houses, private and public galleries, press organisations, UNESCO, teaching (primary, secondary, tertiary and university sectors); archival and restoration practice, journalism, marketing and event management, curation, gallery assistant, promotion and management positions, including entrepreneurial start-ups. Employers value the aptitudes and organisational skills which visual arts graduates are able to demonstrate.

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Entry requirements

An MA in a relevant humanities subject. In certain circumstances, the School will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path or who may have relevant experience in the industry. These cases are assessed individually by the Director of Graduate Studies or the Director of the relevant Research Group. All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

University information

The University of Kent understands students’ passion to progress. Whether gaining advanced skills or joining a global academic research community is their driver, its networks and facilities will help them achieve their ambitions. The university is a leading international higher education institution, with a reputation for academic excellence and the unofficial title of the UK’s ‘European university’. With postgraduate centres in Paris and...more