Study this programme anywhere in the world and receive a fully accredited University of London degree

PhD with the Warburg Institute

PhD Programmes

Available to study anywhere in the world

The Warburg Institute is one of the world’s leading centres for studying the interaction of ideas, images and society. It is dedicated to the survival and transmission of culture across time and space, with special emphasis on the afterlife of antiquity.

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The Warburg Institute is one of the world’s leading centres for studying the interaction of ideas, images and society.

With guidance from our expert supervisors, you'll carry out extensive independent research culminating in a thesis of up to 100,000 words. Broadly speaking the area covered by the Institute’s expertise is cultural and intellectual history in the period 1200 - 1700, but there are a range of specific research interests covered by members of staff who currently offer supervision.

Doctoral research supervision in available in the following areas:

  • Renaissance Art, Architecture, and Visual Culture
  • Cultural and Intellectual History
  • Reception of the classics
  • History of Magic and Science
  • History of Cartography and Cosmography
  • Religious History
  • History of the Book.

How to Apply 

Before agreeing to accept you, the School will require you to submit a research proposal, so it is worthwhile having this drafted ahead of a formal application. Once you have contacted the School, you will be put in touch with a potential supervisor.

Distance learning

Students are required to attend our London campus at set intervals to complete an intensive research training module, for upgrade, and for the viva but will otherwise study at their own location. This option is available to UK, EU and international students on the same basis as our on-campus PhD programmes (three years full time, six years part time). Fees are the same as for our on-campus PhD programmes. Please note that not all institutes and supervisors offer this option, and that some topics are not appropriate to be studied this way.

This programme is also available to be studied on campus in London. Visit the School of Advanced Study website to find out more about potential supervisors and subject areas, as well as details about available funding opportunities and more information about distance learning research degrees. 

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