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Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Art History

Course type


Course Summary

The PhD, three years of full-time or up to six years of part-time study, requires an original contribution to knowledge and a thesis of at least 80,000 words. Research topics of recent PhD graduates or current PhD candidates are wide-ranging and include: Joseph Wright and Derby in the 18th century; William Blake and landscape; Pastel and portraiture in the 18th century; The Iconography of Union in the Houses of Parliament; Criminal Portraiture: surfaces and subjectivities; Popular Conceptions of War in 19th-century Britain; Automatism in the writing and drawings of Artaud, Michaux and Zürn; Updating the Uncanny: A spatial hypothesis; The Cultural Geography of Young British Art; The Photographic Encounter; and Natural History and the work of Mark Dion, Mark Fairnington and Dorothy Cross. The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers. Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.

Different course options

Full time | University Park Campus | 3 years | OCT-19

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 2:1 (or international equivalent) in art history or a related subject.