Admission is highly competitive, with only two or three funded research postgraduate places available in our department each year. To apply for the MPhil, applicants must have a bachelor degree and substantial experience in art history or in a related area of historical or cultural expertise (a degree in studio art is not a sufficient foundation for admission). If your art historical background is not strong, our MA programme will be a more suitable option. To apply for the PhD, applicants must already hold an MA or MPhil degree, usually in the history of art or architecture.
Applicants should have a high standard of English, as well as proficiency in any other languages needed for their research. Applicants from institutions where English is not the medium of instruction are required to take and submit results from one of the following English language proficiency tests. The minimum entry requirements are:
- TOEFL (Paper-based): 550 or above, 4 or above in TWE.*
- TOEFL (internet-based): 80 or above, 25 or above in the Writing section.*
- IELTS: Band 7, with no subtest lower than 5.5.*
- Overseas GCE, IGCSE, or CPE: Grade C or above.
* Test must have been taken within a two-year period of application.
A key element of the application for both MPhil and PhD programmes is the research proposal. This is a formal document describing the topic on which the applicant wishes to focus and the academic justifications for doing so. It should normally be 1,000 to 1,500 words in length and include the following elements: