Postgraduate research in Art History and Visual Culture
We are an internationally recognised centre for research and we have a strong culture of excellence in learning and teaching provision.
PhD study in Art History and Visual Culture at Exeter provides the opportunity for you to study an exciting interdisciplinary initiative which incorporates a number of established 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, cinema, cultural history, philosophy, sociology, visual culture, and if you are keen to understand the importance of images and artefacts in our lives.
Find out more about our MPhil/PhD Art History and Visual Culture at Exeter.
Our research in the area of Art History and Visual Culture is interdisciplinary in scope, reaching across and beyond the Humanities disciplines.
Art History and Visual Culture staff publish on the history of art, curate exhibitions, work with a variety of arts institutions and lead major externally funded research projects on curatorial engagements with performance archives; the history of French art institutions; the history of Spanish cinema; Victorian medievalism; histories of sacred spaces; and the culture of the suburbs.
Visit our staff profiles for details on individual staff research interests and publications.
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.
Funding opportunities available to students on our research degree programmes in Art History and Visual Culture:*
More information on the funding process.
|2019 Commonwealth PhD Scholarships for citizens of high income Commonwealth countries||See CSC website for more information||Wed 28th Aug 2019||Applications are now open for 2019 Commonwealth PhD Scholarships for citizens of high income Commonwealth countries. Funded by the UK Department for Education (DfE), these scholarships support excellence in UK higher education and sustain the principles of the Commonwealth. Candidates will be selected based on their potential to lead in the pursuit of global excellence in research and knowledge, as well as academic merit and the quality of their plan of study.|
|Alumni scholarships for Doctoral-level study||£750-£3,000 dependent on programme and fee status||Sun 15th Sep 2019||A tuition fee discount is available to suitably qualified University of Exeter alumni starting a postgraduate research degree in the 2019/20 academic year.|
|University of Exeter Alumni Scholarship||£750 - £3000||There is no application for this award. You will be automatically considered.||A tuition fee discount for all University of Exeter alumni who start a postgraduate degree with us in September 2019.|
|Marshall Scholarships for graduate study||Varies||Mon 30th Sep 2019||Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom.|
|Fulbright Scholarships: Postgraduate Student Awards||Full tuition waiver for one year of Masters / PhD & living stipend||Tue 1st Oct 2019||Our UK Partnership award with Fulbright is available for Masters or Doctoral students wishing to study at the University. The award takes the form of a tuition fee waiver for the first year of graduate study (either Masters or PhD) and a living stipend (of £13,200 in 2019/20). We also accept scholars in receipt of Fulbright 'Open Awards' (also referred to as the All Disciplines Award).|
|Said Foundation Scholarships||Varies||Fri 1st Nov 2019||The Said Foundation offers around twenty postgraduate scholarships to nationals from Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Syria who are also permanent residents in these target countries.|
|US Department of Education - Federal Student Loan||Variable||Tue 30th Jun 2020||The federal government offers a number of financial aid programs, including these loans, to help pay for your education.|
|FashionForest Scholarship||10,000 DKK (approx. £1,175 GBP)||Deadline passed
(Fri 1st Mar 2019)
|The FashionForest scholarship is awarded yearly to one or more researchers, students and former students at Danish and foreign educational institutions who are in need of support for a theoretical or practical project in connection to an educational purpose.|
|Becas Chile (Conicyt)||Fully funded||Deadline passed
(Wed 8th May 2019)
|Postgraduate scholarships offered for studies in the UK, available for Chilean nationals (and others with permanent residence in Chile) in all areas except Management/MBA/Commercial Law and where the recipient will be expected to return to Chile on completion of their studies.|
|Sanctuary Scholarship||Full tuition fee waiver plus annual living cost grant||Deadline passed
(Fri 17th May 2019)
|The Sanctuary Scholarship scheme enables individuals seeking asylum and refugees who are not able access student finance to study at the University of Exeter.|
|Sports Scholarship and High Performance Programme||up to £2000 plus additional support services & coaching||Deadline passed
(Fri 31st May 2019)
|Sports scholarships are awarded to students of outstanding sporting ability who show evidence of achievement at international level in their chosen sport. We also encourage applications from students who have achieved at national or regional level for consideration onto our High Performance Programme.|
|Cornwall Heritage Trust Scholarship||£1000||Deadline passed
(Thu 15th Aug 2019)
|A one year award of up to £1000 for one or more postgraduate students producing dissertations/theses centred on an aspect of Cornwall's heritage who will be registered for the coming academic year.|
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.