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Department of History of Art


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Since our beginning in 1970, we have established ourselves as one of the World’s leading Schools of History of Art.  We aim to deliver a rigorous, stimulating education in the History of Art and Architecture, with a strong emphasis on the study of works of art at first-hand.  We are proud of our team of staff and students whose impressive performance is critical to sustaining and enhancing the national and international reputation created by our distinguished alumni.

Cambridge itself is, of course, from an art history point of view, a stunning city in which to live and work.  We make full use of Cambridge’s unique holdings of art and architecture, including the Fitzwilliam Museum (on our doorstep), Kettle’s Yard and the University Library as well as those of the Colleges. The Hamilton Kerr Institute at Whittlesford, a department of the Fitzwilliam Museum, is dedicated to the conservation of easel paintings and uniquely contributes to our teaching and research.

The department offers two masters and a PhD degree programme. More information about the programmes can be found by clicking on the links below.

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PhD degree:

Our graduates are recruited by world class organisations. We continue to develop strong connections through research programmes, consultancy and project schemes.  We offer our students an excellent programme of training, transferable skills and careers advice.  In so doing, the courses equip students with the skills, knowledge and experience needed for an art history related career at the very highest level.