The M.Phil. is a research-focused degree. Students are expected to complete a thesis of some ambition on a well-defined topic, at a standard considerably higher than that of an M.A. thesis. They work largely on their own with the guidance of a supervisor. This thesis, which should make a contribution to knowledge in the chosen area, must be completed within a strict two year time limit. M.Phil. students are required to attend all Department seminars arranged for them, and will be expected to give a seminar presentation themselves.

Normally applicants will be expected to have a first degree with an upper second class honours standing or above (or equivalent for overseas candidates), including substantial previous study of art history. Applications from students with a background in other related disciplines who can demonstrate that they would be capable of undertaking art history research are also welcome.

A list of current and past M.Phil. dissertations is given here.

For information on coursework, and on funding and resources, see the relevant sections.