MA History of Art and Architecture

Building on our long running experience of graduate teaching, we offer an MA course in History of Art and Architecture.


The course can be followed full-time over one year or part-time over two or three years. The MA is organised to give you the research skills you need to find, develop and pursue your own independent research project in a period and topic of your choice. Taught elements include a core course that introduces contemporary and more established theoretical approaches and prominent themes in art history as a whole with relevance to all periods. Other modules give special emphasis to developing art historical research and writing skills through a variety of smaller research projects that prepare for, and lead up to, the MA dissertation. The dissertation is 18,000 to 20,000 words long and counts for 50% of the final mark.

Periods and topics

The periods and regions that we cover include:

  • Renaissance and Baroque painting and drawing
  • Italian Renaissance architectural history
  • sculpture from the late Renaissance to the present day
  • modern and contemporary art in Europe, America and a global context.

The themes and topics you will encounter include:

  • the body, theory and meaning
  • institutional frameworks, patronage, power and visual display
  • memory, pilgrimage and commemoration
  • feminism, sexual politics and gender
  • the transmission of traditions and canons, cultural exchange.

For more information see the MA History of Art and Architecture (PDF - 130KB) programme specification.

Research Seminar

Our Research Seminar, with four to five papers per term by international scholars, is an integral part of the course, with follow up seminars in which students and members of staff will together analyse the approaches and methodologies presented in these papers.

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