Candidates accepted for this course will have a 1st class or a high 2i honours degree and, a Masters degree with 70% overall (or equivalent) in History of Art or a related discipline.
The University requires all applicants to demonstrate competence in the English language at a very high level before they begin their proposed course of study. Adherence to this requirement is strict, especially for candidates on one-year courses. You must be able to demonstrate that you are able to communicate in English at a level and in an idiom suitable to the subject. You will, therefore, need to provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum requirements for competence in English. For further information see Graduate Admissions Office.
The Department of History of Art places particular emphasis upon competence in foreign languages required for work in the chosen area of specialization. Language tuition in Latin and modern foreign languages is available, but students who already possess the necessary language skills will be better prepared to undertake the course.
How to Make an Application for the PhD in History of Art:
If you do meet the course requirements, you are recommended to consult the list of our established University Teaching Officers (UTOs) and their research interests (see below for links to information about each of our UTOs). If one of our UTOs has relevant research interests to your own, please email them directly with a short research proposal of about 300 words, an example of your writing and a CV to determine whether they are potentially available to work with you as a supervisor before you make a formal application.
Please note that while the regulations of the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art do allow for students to study for the MPhil with a supervisor who is not a University Teaching Officer in the Faculty, this is not possible for the PhD. Those students who wish to continue from the MPhil degree are advised that they will need to find a University Teaching Officer within the Department who is able to supervise their research.
Professor Paul Binski (on sabbatical leave 2016-17) - Medieval art and architecture
Dr Rosalind (Polly) Blakesley - Russian and European Art, 18th-early 20th century
Dr Donal Cooper - Italian late Medieval and Renaissance art
Dr Frank Salmon - British and European Architecture, 17th-19th century
You are recommended to only make a formal application via the University’s Graduate Admissions Office, once an established UTO has confirmed that they would be interested to consider a formal application. Please note that an offer of admission to the University is subject to final approval by the University's Graduate Admissions Office. Do not assume that you will be made an offer on the grounds that your prospective supervisor has suggested you make a formal application – this just represents the first stage of admission administration.
All applications must be made via the Graduate Student Application Form (GRADSAF) available on the Graduate Admissions Office website. It is important that you read through the information available on the Graduate Admissions Office website before submitting your application. If you are already a current graduate student at Cambridge you will be referred to as a ‘Continuer’ on the Graduate Admissions Office website.
You will have two weeks to arrange for providing the following documents once you have submitted your GRADSAF:
- Academic Reference(s)
- A Personal Reference will only be required if you are applying for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship
- Evidence of Competence in English if English is not your first language
- Sample of Work - this could be a journal publication or a chapter from your undergraduate dissertation
- Research Proposal of 1000 - 1500 words should consist of a topic and a hypothesis, a literature review, a statement on method, and key references
The PhD in History of Art commences in October each year and applications for the course can be made from the preceding September. All applications must be made via the Graduate Student Application Form (GRADSAF) available on the Graduate Admissions Office website. It is important that you read through the information available on the Graduate Admissions Office website before submitting your application.
The final deadline for applicants seeking funding is 6 January 2016, but earlier deadlines will apply (for example if you are an overseas applicant from outside of the EU). Even if you are not seeking funding, we strongly recommend that you submit your application by 6 January, as no applications will be accepted once this competitive and popular programme is full.
If places are still available on programmes beyond this deadline; self-funded applicants will continue to be considered until the final deadline of 31 May 2016. No applications will be considered after this deadline.
Information relating to the fee for this course is available from the Graduate Admissions Office.
If you are seeking funding for your course via one of the University’s main funding competitions, there are specific deadlines and eligibility criteria for each competition. Please check the the Funding Section of the Graduate Admissions Office website for information and application deadlines.
Applicants classified as 'Home' or 'EU' for fees purposes are eligible to be considered for an AHRC DTP studentship. Applicants wishing to be considered for these awards need to check the appropriate box on the Graduate Student Application Form (GRADSAF). Applicants will also need to ensure that they you make their application by the funding competition deadline for Home/EU students. See the University’s AHRC DTP funding website for more information.
Please note that you will also need to complete and save an AHRC application form as a pdf and upload it via your self service pages once you have submitted your application.
After your Application is Submitted
After submitting your online application form, there will be a delay of up to 48 hours before you are able to access your self-service account and submit supporting documentation.
When the application reaches the Department, it will be considered by the Department’s Graduate Admissions Team. Applicants may be invited for an interview in Cambridge or, via Skype if it is not possible to travel to Cambridge. The Faculty’s Degree Committee will then consider the application and make a recommendation to the Graduate Admissions Office as to whether an offer of a place on the course should be made, and if so, with what academic conditions.
Please be aware that this process may take several months. You can check the status of your application at any time via your self-service pages.
Full information about making your application, fees and funding opportunities is provided on the Graduate Admissions Office website pages.
For further information on graduate admission to the Department of History of Art contact: Grad.firstname.lastname@example.org