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Postgraduate research in Art History & Visual Culture


We are an internationally recognised centre for research and we have a strong culture of excellence in learning and teaching provision.

Art History & Visual Culture at Exeter provides the opportunity for you to carry out postgraduate research and contribute to knowledge in a number of interdisciplinary subject areas including art history and cultural studies. It will particularly appeal to you if you have a background or interest in the history of art and design, performance, architecture, visual culture or feminist, queer and decolonial approaches to cultural history, and if you are keen to further your understanding of the importance of images and artefacts in our lives.

Our research in Art History & Visual Culture is interdisciplinary in scope, reaching across and beyond the Humanities disciplines.

Art History & Visual Culture staff publish on the history of art, design and cultural studies. They curate exhibitions, work with a variety of arts and culture institutions, and lead major externally-funded research projects on topics as diverse as curatorial engagements with performance archives; the history of French art and its institutions; Renaissance architecture and public spaces; exhibitions and colonialism; visual cultures of health and illness; or the history of erotica and pornography.

Explore our research centres and research projects to find out more about our current research topics.

Visit our staff profiles for details on the research interests and publications of individual staff.

Supervisors - all students have a primary and a secondary supervisor who provide regular, high quality advice, support and direction in their academic endeavours. You will work closely with your supervisors over three to four years (full time PhD) or six to seven (part-time PhD) to develop, investigate and write-up a project at the cutting edge of theological research.

Visit our staff profiles for more information about individual research interests or use the search box on the right of this page to find a supervisor.

Mentor - each student will also be assigned a mentor who will take on a pastoral role and mediate on any problems that arise during the period of study. Your mentor will keep in regular contact and will provide background stability and support.

Graduate School Office - the College of Humanities has a dedicated Graduate School Office that supports our postgraduate research students during their study with us. The Office promotes intellectual and social contact between research students in all our disciplines to foster a vibrant research community within the College.

View list of funding opportunities available to students on our research degree programmes in Art History & Visual Culture. 

We are committed to ensuring you receive high quality research supervision to maximise your potential and prepare you for a rewarding career.

Postgraduate students have access to the wide range of support offered by our Career Zone. In addition, postgraduate research students can access our Postgraduate Researchers' Programme, which covers a range of topics to help you to succeed during your research degree and to act as a springboard for your research career.