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Art, Aesthetics and Cultural Institutions MA

Course Description

This exciting interdisciplinary master's programme combines philosophy, history of art and museum studies as well as theory with practice. It is specifically designed to equip students with the competence and understanding to equally pursue upon completion, either a doctorate programme in the Arts and Humanities, or a professional career in the cultural sector.

In addition to traditionally taught modules, students also benefit from research-led teaching and support with learner-directed independent projects, including the opportunity to take three-month studentships with Tate Liverpool and FACT, exclusively offered to our students. Professional skills and networking are developed through a 10-day placement with one of our cultural partners, which include: Tate Liverpool, FACT, National Museums Liverpool, the Bluecoat, METAL, Open Eye Gallery, Unity Theatre, the National Trust and many other leading institutions in Liverpool and the North West.

The programme is structured around 4 compulsory core modules: Main Topics in theory and history of art, in which members of staff lead weekly seminars on their own current research; Cultural Institutions, which takes places at a range of collaborating cultural institutions around the city, including the University’s Victoria Gallery and Museum, Research, Employability, and Professional Skills and placement, supported by the careers and employability service and our cultural partners, and a supervised dissertation or case study over the summer. Students also take three elective modules chosen from a list of relevant modules available in the Department and across the University.

Key Facts

Excellent career prospects
Most of our graduates find employment with museums and galleries in the UK or abroad, or pursue PhD studies, which are often collaborative projects with our cultural partners.

Small group teaching
This gives you the opportunity to develop team-working and interpersonal skills.

Networking opportunities
The range of events and activities organised by us at Liverpool’s galleries and museums offer you valuable networking opportunities.

Why Philosophy?

Be part of a city with a reputation for philosophical thought

With its impressive wealth of museum and galleries and its vibrant cultural scene, Liverpool is an ideal place to pursue a degree in the theory and practice of Art.

Experience the full breadth of our academics’ expertise

We are internationally renowned for our research in Philosophy of Art, Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Continental Philosophy, Environmental Philosophy and History of Philosophy, as well as for collaborative and interdisciplinary research in creativity and technology.

We have a tradition of active engagement with the wider life of our city

The Department is home to a range of successful Knowledge Exchange and public engagement projects with cultural partners across Europe, placing it at the forefront of art-related research and its impact to the community.

Career prospects

Our programmes aim to equip students with the general and widely applicable analytical, argumentative and problem solving skills and abilities valued by employers. Some of our postgraduate students have gone on to a career in academic Philosophy, but a variety of careers are open to those obtaining postgraduate Philosophy degrees, including business, management, the law, the media, the arts, computing, the Civil Service and teaching.

Visit the Art, Aesthetics and Cultural Institutions MA page on the University of Liverpool website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Admission to our programmes normally requires a 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant field.

Last Updated

23 March 2017

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