For our PhD History of Art, we offer supervision in a wide range of fields and have a long tradition of postgraduate training in all the major areas of European art and architecture from 1300 to the present, and in the art and architecture of Latin America and of the United States. Current research interests of our staff include: modern art in France, especially Cubism and interwar Surrealism (Professor Neil Cox); the cultural significance of the museum, museum architecture, and photography and the Paris commune (Dr Michaela Giebelhausen); the art, architecture and urbanism of the Italian Renaissance (Dr Caspar Pearson); and Rodin and contemporary science (Dr Natasha Ruiz-Gómez).
Most of our successful graduates are now working in academic institutions, in national or regional museums or galleries, or in other arts-related professions, both throughout the UK and abroad. Among recent successes are the appointment of Jim Walsh (PhD ‘07) as chief executive of the South Place Ethical Society in London, and Lucy Bradnock (PhD ‘09), working on a project examining West Coast art at The Getty Institute, Los Angeles. Our other graduates teach in leading departments in York, Glasgow and London, while the curator of public programmes at Tate Modern is an Essex art history graduate
Postgraduate study qualification from the University of Essex.
International Student Requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in writing or equivalent.