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For the PhD, the Department of History of Art and Architecture has expertise and welcomes candidates in most areas including Medieval, Early Modern, Modern and Contemporary art and architecture, as well as topics involving critical theory and gender.


If you do already hold an MPhil or MA degree in History of Art or a related discipline, you will need to consult our list of academic staff and their research interests on the Departmental website  If an academic member of staff has similar research interests to your own, it is a good idea to 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 before you make a formal application.

  It is only when a member of the academic staff has indicated that they are happy to work with you in principle, that you should make a formal application to the University.  You may be invited to attend an interview.  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 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.

See the Graduate Admissions website for information on how to make a formal application (hyperlink to:


If you wish to be considered by one of the funding schemes managed by the University including, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Gates Cambridge and Cambridge Trusts you will need to mark the appropriate box on the Graduate Application Form (GAF).  You will also need to make sure that you submit your application before the advertised deadlines (see opposite)

Or further information about funding your studies see:


For further information on Graduate Admissions:

At a Glance


Course length and dates of course:

3 - 4 years full-time/5 – 6 years part-time, October start



The examination constitutes the oral examination of a thesis not exceeding 80,000 words for the PhD on a subject approved by the Degree Committee


Applications accepted from:

The preceding September.


Application deadline:

If you are seeking funding for your course, there are specific deadlines and eligibility criteria for each funding competition. Please check the Student Registry's Funding Information for details of eligibility, and, the Application and Funding Deadlines section of the Graduate Admissions Office website for application deadlines.

The final deadline for applicants seeking funding is 10 January 2014, 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 10 January, as no applications will be accepted once programmes are full.

If places are still available on programmes beyond this deadline; self-funded applicants will continue to be considered until the final deadline of 30 May 2014.

All applications must be made via the online 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.

After submitting your online application form, there may be a delay of up to 48 hours before you are able to access your self-service account and submit supporting documentation.


Academic requirement:

An MPhil or MA degree in History of Art or a related discipline


English language requirement:

University’s minimum requirements needed for this course

Course code:  ARHA21

Fee rate:  Arts