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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

History of Art is no longer accepting new applications.

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal, where you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and request references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the £60 application fee
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

If you do meet the course requirements, you are recommended to consult the list of our academic staff and their research interests (see below for links to information about each member of our team). If an academic member of staff has relevant research interests to your own, please email them directly with a short research proposal of about 300 words, an example of your writing and a CV to determine whether they are potentially available to work with you as a supervisor before you make a formal application. See:

You are recommended to only make a formal application via the University’s Graduate Admissions Office, once an academic member of staff has confirmed that they would be interested to consider a formal application. Please note that an offer of admission to the University is subject to final approval by the University's Graduate Admissions Office. Do not assume that you will be made an offer on the grounds that your prospective supervisor has suggested you make a formal application – this just represents the first stage of admission administration.

If you have been advised to make a formal application by your prospective supervisor, you will need to do this via the University's Graduate Admissions Office. The Graduate Admissions Office provides information on the application process for our courses, application deadlines and funding opportunities.

Please note that the Department places particular emphasis upon competence in foreign languages required for work in the chosen area of specialisation. Language tuition in Latin and modern foreign languages is available, but students who already possess the necessary language skills will be better prepared to undertake the course.

For information regarding our PhD in History of Art course visit the course page on the Department of History of Art website.

Please note that your admission is subject to final approval by the University's Graduate Admissions Office

Selection Process

Candidates wishing to be considered for funding are considered at a gathered field meeting held after the advertised deadline for funding competitions. Privately funded candidates are considered as they are received.  

Further information on How To Apply

Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Research proposal
    Please upload a research proposal of 1000–1500 words, which should consist of a topic and a hypothesis, a literature review, a statement on method, and key references.
  • Sample of work (max. 1)
    Please upload a sample of work, which could be a journal publication or a chapter from your undergraduate dissertation. Please note: applicants who are currently undertaking a graduate course at Cambridge from departments other than History of Art will need to provide a sample of work.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of History of Art


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
May 31, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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