Postgraduate taught courses

Architectural spireThe Department forms part of the School of Arts and Communication Design. Our teaching and research expertise covers the history of art and architecture from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century. We also house the University Drawings Collection, a valuable research and teaching resource which comprises master drawings from the fifteenth to the twentieth century.

We offer a wide range of opportunities for research in the History of Art and Architecture leading to PhD or MPhil degrees. We offer one MA course (either one year full-time or two years part-time):

  • MA History of Art and Architecture

Our MA course in the History of Art and Architecture is designed to give you the research abilities, and the expertise in theory and methods you need to develop and refine your own perspectives on history of art and architecture. You will acquire excellent skills in visual analysis, you will broaden your knowledge and understanding of the subject and its current preoccupations, and you will learn to be critically reflective about the discipline. Through both your taught modules and your essays, you will engage with contemporary debates and texts about the ways art and architectural history is practiced. A lively programme of talks by visiting speakers is also built into the programme providing you with an important forum for intellectual exchange. Your programme culminates in the writing of your dissertation which provides a valuable opportunity for you to develop an area of special interest in greater depth whilst being supported at all stages by individual tutors who are all active and innovative researchers in their fields. As a student on the MA you will find yourself part of a vibrant research community and intellectual environment including staff and PhD students who pursue research topics from prehistory to the present day.

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