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Postgraduate research degrees in history of art

Guided by our expert staff, immerse yourself in an unparalleled range of research topics across a broad sweep of historical periods.

Why study history of art at York?

Study with us and join one of the largest postgraduate art history communities in the UK. Our extensive range of staff expertise enables us to provide PhD supervision across many areas, so that you can pursue your research interests. You'll also get the opportunity to collaborate with other experts in subjects across the University.

Our distinctive modern campus is sited in one of Europe's finest historic cities. You can absorb yourself in the diverse art history resources available both on campus and in the region.

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Visiting postgraduate researchers 

Spend up to a year in York as a visiting research student from a university outside the UK.

Scholarships and funding

Find out about scholarships and studentships that are available to students in the Department of History of Art.


  • Our graduates go on to a wide range of careers within and beyond the art world, to further study and to other pursuits. They include curators, museum educators and learning officers, conservators, art sales specialists and researchers.
  • Our degrees provide you with myriad valuable transferrable skills, including research, interpersonal and time-management skills. These will benefit you both in your career and beyond.

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