Research Degrees

We currently have a lively research body of 55 doctoral students and run various formal and informal research meetings each week in term-time. Students work in the Norman Foster-designed Sainsbury Centre on a specially created mezzanine (pictured above) overlooking the Sainsbury collections and the School concourse.  All students have access to a well-tried and successful training programme devised within the wider Faculty.

Supervision is offered from within the constituent parts of the Institute and currently includes students working on European and American Art, Africa, the Americas and the Pacific, Japan and South Asia.  We encourage applications from art historians, archaeologists, anthropologists and museum and heritage specialists, all with an interest in some aspect of visual and material culture.



The Sainsbury Institute for Art at the University of East Anglia (SIfA) is inviting applications for our PhD programmes in Art History, Anthropology of Art, Archaeology, Museum and Heritage Studies, or the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas.

If you are interested in applying for a PhD please contact Professor Bronwen Wilson who will direct you to the appropriate supervisor and guide you through the process. 

You may also wish to consult our list of staff and research interests for guidance on possible supervisory expertise.  

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities at UEA is a member of the CHASE consortium (with Sussex, Kent, Goldsmiths, Essex, The Courtauld and the Open University). CHASE has been awarded an AHRC Block Grant Partnership, which provides a series of studentships for PhD students. At UEA the CHASE awards are supplemented by other studentships funded by SIfA, the School of Art, Media and American Studies, and the Faculty of Humanities.  

Applicants will compete for these studentships and other scholarships through SIfA, which has a strong track record of success.

Those interested in MA applications should contact Dr Sarah Monks, the School's admissions officer,, in the first instance.

The deadline for applications (including all supporting information such as references) is January 14 2015, so it is important that prospective applicants contact the Sainsbury Institute as a matter of urgency to start the application process.
More information and details of how to apply can be found at:

Alternatively, please contact the UEA Humanities Graduate School: 


Current and Recent Research Students

For more information about our current and recently completed postgraduate research students, titles of dissertations and supervisors use the following links:

Current and recent postgraduate research Students

Postgraduate publications and professional activities in SIfA


World Art Research Seminar

The World Art Research Seminar is a weekly term-time event organised by the teaching and research staff of the Sainsbury Institute of Art. This free to attend public programme takes place in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and is designed to present current international research on visual and material culture to both an academic and non-academic audience.

5.00 pm  - School of Art History and World Art Studies Lecture Theatre, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia

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Graduate Student Seminar

This weekly, one hour presentation of research in progress, is usually given by a current PGR student, followed by questions and discussion, and attended by graduate students and faculty. The disciplinary range is primarily the archaeology, anthropology and history of art, and its display. The aim is to give graduate students experience in presenting their work to an audience, handling questions and making use of feedback.

The seminar  is held every Thursday from 5.00-6.30pm in the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas seminar room. 



SPRING 2015 Seminar Programme [PDF 88Kb]