Skip to main content

Guidance for prospective MPhil/PhD students

Established 50 years ago, Birkbeck's Department of History of Art is an internationally respected centre for research. We are located in central London, near some of the world's best galleries, museums, collections and art spaces, and we have our own exhibition space, the Peltz Gallery. 

Birkbeck was ranked as one of the top four universities in the UK for its Art and Design research in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.


  • Our twice-yearly postgraduate forums bring together MPhil/PhD students to discuss and share their research. 
  • We hold writing groups throughout the year for all MPhil/PhD research students. You will discuss a work-in-progress paper by one of the students and provide constructive criticism and feedback. 
  • Our reading group enables academic and social contact between MPhil/PhD research students at Birkbeck.

Our MPhil/PhD degrees


Thinking of doing an MPhil/PhD? Check the following to find out more about studying in our department and making an application.