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Course content

Explore 21st century art history and learn about this ever-expanding discipline, marked by interdisciplinary cross-overs, varied and competing methodologies, and a huge range of objects of study that can break through the boundaries of the traditional notion of ‘art’. Study issues as diverse as authorship, subjectivity, reception studies, and cultural and gender identity. You’ll be primed to undertake art-historical investigation and a research project on a specific topic of your choice.

Key features

-Develop your application of the critical theories and approaches relevant to art history providing you with experience in research methods and skills in arts and humanities.
-Gain experience in research methods and skills in the arts, humanities, creative and cultural industries, and related fields. Leave the course with the skills necessary for a career in research.
-Choose to study full time or part time to fit in with your career plans or other commitments. You can study full-time (12-18 months) or part-time (24-36 months).
-The programme also delivers a through route from undergraduate level to MPhil/PhD via Masters degree. It is an ideal route if you have a strongly conceived research project and do not wish to undertake a taught MA yet do not have the skills base for an MPhil/PhD.
-Focus on an art-historical project within a vibrant and challenging interdisciplinary research community. Study issues as diverse as authorship, subjectivity, reception studies, and cultural and gender identity.
-Be inspired by our research-active staff, conducting research in the Centre for Humanities, Music and Performing Arts (HuMPA). The centre supports the work of over 50 academics across the disciplines of English, creative writing, history, art history, theatre, dance, performing arts and music.
-Take the opportunity to improve your continuing professional development - if you are a teacher or academic working in the South West and do not currently have a postgraduate research degree.
-If you are awarded a distinction in this programme you’ll be automatically offered a place on our MPhil/PhD programme in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, subject to appropriate supervision and resource arrangements being in place, and will be allowed to ‘fast track’ to the transfer stage - you may apply to transfer from MPhil to PhD status prior to the usual 12 month full-time guideline.

Course details

ResM students study research methods in art history and research in the arts and humanities. You’ll also attend individual tutorials with your supervisor and regular research seminars. The programme leads to either a written thesis or one combining critical writing with creative/professional practice. The ResM can be studied either full or part time. Having completed your taught modules in Year 1 (whether full or part time), your following year will involve an agreed tutorial schedule and work plan. You may attend additional training, workshops and research seminars. As a full-time ResM student, you’ll submit your thesis after 18 months (part time, after 24 months) or pay a nominal sum for up to six months additional ‘writing up’ time (part time, 12 months). Your viva takes place following submission of your thesis. To discuss which route is best for you, please contact Dr Péter Bokody (our postgraduate coordinator).

Core modules
GSRARHI2 Research Art History
MARE703 Research Methods in Art History
GSRARHI1 Research Art History
MARE700 Research in the Arts and Humanities
GSRARHI3 Research Art History

Visit the Art History - ResM page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

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