The History of Art programme at the University of Aberdeen provides students with an extensive specialised knowledge of the history of painting, sculpture, architecture and the decorative arts in Europe and North America from the Middle Ages to the present day. We offer a four-year undergraduate programme leading to an Honours degree in History of Art, together with a wide range of joint degree options. We also offer an innovative taught MLitt degree programme in Art and Business, and welcome applications from interested candidates for research degrees at MLitt and PhD levels. First-hand encounters with a wide variety of artworks and architecture form a significant part of our degree programme. We are proud of the University’s art collection which we draw upon in our teaching and research.

We are an active group of researchers, furthering specialist knowledge and understanding in a range of areas including Pictish art, Medieval architecture, Italian Baroque painting, early modern prints, and Scottish and British painting from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the impact of our research was rated first in Scotland and second across universities in the United Kingdom.

We hold a regular series of research seminars across the academic year to which all are welcome. Find out more about our activities on our News and Events pages, and follow us on Twitter: