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  Cultural, Intellectual and Visual History (MA)

University of London, School of Advanced Study    Postgraduate Courses

Full time & Part time See Course MA 1 Year Full Time, 2-3+ years Part Time
History & Archaeology (19) Languages, Literature & Culture (21) Linguistics & Classics (23) Philosophy (28)

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Are you fascinated by the intersection of ideas, images, and social history? The MA in Cultural, Intellectual and Visual History is the perfect programme for you. Delve into the survival and transmission of culture across time and space, with a special focus on the afterlife of antiquity. This interdisciplinary course combines the study of art history, philosophy, literature, and more. You'll have the opportunity to work with original texts and improve your language skills. The programme offers full-time and part-time options, and even prepares you for further research at the doctoral level. Join us at the Warburg Institute and unlock the secrets of history.

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The Warburg Institute’s MA in Cultural, Intellectual, and Visual History (CIV) will provide you with a solid grounding in the cultural, visual and intellectual history of the Renaissance, the period from 1300 to 1650. The programme will equip you for interdisciplinary research with a particular emphasis on the reception of the classical tradition and its reinventions.

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Entry Requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree from a university in the UK, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

We will consider applications from candidates who do not meet the formal academic requirements but who offer alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience. Applicants are not required to have a law degree nor a professional qualification in law.

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Student Profiles

Aldo Miceli

The course has been a wonderful experience. The classes, such as Iconology, Palaeography, Material Culture and Sin and Sanctity in the Reformation, have broadened my knowledge, whilst the language skills I’ve developed have enabled me to pursue topics that I would never have been able to tackle before. The National Gallery module has been an invaluable experience, which not only allowed us to get a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at such a prestigious museum but also to learn about curatorial practice. The other students, all from different backgrounds, have become great friends and helped create a stimulating learning environment. The staff, both at the Institute and at the National Gallery, have been extremely supportive and generous with their time making this experience a truly unique one.

Laura Popoviciu

Dr. Laura Popoviciu completed her MA in Cultural and Intellectual History at the Warburg Institute prior to undertaking her PhD research ‘Between Taste and Historiography. Writing about Early Renaissance Works of Art in Venice and Florence (1550-1800)’. After completing her MA and PhD research at the Warburg Institute, alumna Dr. Laura Popoviciu is now a curator at the UK Government Art Collection.

"When I finished my BA studies, I knew that in order to become an art historian and gain a complex understanding of the early modern period, an interdisciplinary approach would be essential. That is exactly why I chose the Warburg Institute to pursue my MA and PhD studies and why I would unreservedly recommend the Institute as a place of study. It offered me a unique understanding of the interactions between image and word, art history, religion, literature and philosophy, across space and time."

"During my time at the Warburg, I was fortunate enough to work under the close supervision of Professor Jill Kraye and Professor Charles Hope, who have always encouraged me to seek further, to strengthen my arguments and challenge my ideas in a constructive way. I value their dedication and expertise as well as that of the entire staff and faculty. At the same time, having the opportunity to work as a library shelver allowed me to discover the library in new ways, to the point that I have been inspired to undertake the cataloguing of the library of the Government Art Collection."

"Studying at the Warburg Institute has allowed me to discover Medieval and Renaissance texts on a variety of topics, which have fundamentally transformed the way I think about the early modern period. I very much enjoyed deciphering Italian and Latin palaeography texts. I also remember very fondly all the encounters and exchanges of thoughts and ideas that take place in the Warburg Institute common room."

"I became a curator at a time when I was looking to gain closer contact with artworks. After I finished my PhD, I embarked on a one-year assiduous journey in search of such a role. Most of the time, the path led me to further explorations, until one day I had the opportunity to discover a new direction. I embraced it and I became a research curator at the Government Art Collection."


The Peltz Scholarships will cover the fees up to a maximum of £7830 for a one-year full-time Warburg Institute MA/MRes programme (or £8,220 for the Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture MA) for four students for the academic year 2021-22

The scholarships are open to students who have applied to study on either of the Warburg Institute’s MA/MRes programmes and who are self-funded and domiciled in the UK or European Union (EU).

The primary criterion on which applications are judged is academic merit. The successful applicant will be of exceptional quality, evidenced by previous academic achievement at undergraduate level, with an outstanding mark achieved in the final-year project/dissertation and have a demonstrable interest in undertaking a master’s degree at the Warburg Institute.

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