PhD Art History and Theory University of Essex




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Course info


For our PhD in Art History and Theory, we offer supervision across a range of fields and have a long tradition of postgraduate training in all the major areas of European art and architecture from 1300 to the present, and in the art and architecture of Latin America and the United States. Essex Art History features a dynamic group of art historians investigating the production and reception of images and built environments, across cultures and media from the early modern period to the present.

Your future

Many of our graduates are now working in academic institutions, in national or regional museums or galleries, or in other arts-related professions, both throughout the UK and abroad. Several graduates are now Professors in leading art history departments such as CUNY, while others have worked as curators at high-profile museums such as the Tate Modern.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study PhD Art History and Theory.

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

£16,230.00 (16,62,702) per year

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution


10-Jul-21, 17-Jan-22, 25-Apr-22


Colchester Campus

University of Essex,

Wivenhoe Park,



CO4 3SQ, England

Entry requirement for international students

You will need a good honours degree and a Masters degree, or equivalent, in a related subject. A well-developed research proposal is also essential. If English is not your first language, then we will require you to have IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.


Here are some scholarship that are available at University of Essex.

The Eleonore Koch Fund

Value of scholarship



16 August 2021

Eligibility requirements:

This bursary will be awarded to one student in academic year 2021/22, therefore the application process is competitive. You must meet all of the following criteria: You are from Latin America; You have received a conditional firm or unconditional firm offer to study full time; MA Art History and Theory at the University of Essex starting in academic year 2021/22. You need to have accepted your offer by Monday 16 August 2021. Selection will be based on your eligibility and the information and supporting statements that you provide as part of the application process.

Who can apply:

All international

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