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The minimum entry level required for this course is a first or second-class honours degree from a recognised university or a recognised professional qualification with relevant work experience.
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Known for being the home of the two-year degree, The University of Buckingham is ranked 1st for Student Satisfaction in the UK by the Complete University Guide and has been for the last three years. Our Buckingham campus is situated close to Oxford and Milton Keynes. From here, we deliver postgraduate programmes in Medicine, Psychology, Law, Business, Computing and Education. We also have premises in Bloomsbury, London. This is where the majority of our Humanities postgraduate studies are supported. The University was established via a Royal Charter over 40 years ago and places students at the
While studying for my BA joint major in Art History and English at University College Dublin my interest in the arts and culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries emerged and I became aware that the historic interiors of these periods and the history of collection formation would be a path I would like to pursue in the future. I chose this MA in decorative arts and historic interiors because it stood out from the crowd of MA courses available and seemed like a perfect fit with my interests.
Some of my favourite moments of the year have included a tour of the private apartments at Versailles with John Whitehead. A week spent in Buckinghamshire studying Claydon, Blenheim Palace, Woburn House, Waddesdon and Boughton among others in the company of our great tutors Jeremy Howard and Barbara Lasic. Another highlight has been having the privilege of studying at length the collection of French decorative arts at The Wallace Collection, in the company of the curatorial staff. I would whole-heartedly recommend this MA to anyone considering studying the decorative arts. The access to collections and guidance we have received from experts in their fields has been second to none and I feel confident that the course has furnished me with the ability to move on towards further study. I am currently working on my MA dissertation “The collecting and display of eighteenth century decorative arts by Sir Alfred and Edith Chester Beatty” and hope to continue to further study in the near future.
A first class scholarship is available to both home and international students following a taught postgraduate degree at the University. The scholarship will reduce tuition fees by 33%.
The scholarship will be automatically awarded to applicants who already have a first class honours degree that is recognised to UK standard.
The scholarship will be automatically awarded to applicants who meet the criteria.
History of the Scholarship
In 2003 Sir Christopher Ondaatje kindly gave a very generous donation to the University to fund one-year scholarships for Buckingham graduates or for overseas graduates undertaking postgraduate studies at Buckingham, and for Buckingham students attending Massey College, University of Toronto, to undertake postgraduate studies there. Students who obtain a Master’s degree are then eligible to apply to have their PhD studies funded by the University of Toronto.
We offer up to four scholarships for postgraduate study at Buckingham to students commencing their studies in September or January. Each scholarship is awarded on merit and is open to competition.
The scholarships are worth up to £4,000 each towards the tuition fees for one year’s postgraduate study.
Anyone interested in applying for the Ondaatje Scholarship should already have the offer of a place at Buckingham for postgraduate study.
Anyone interested in applying for the Ondaatje Scholarship should already have the offer of a place at Buckingham for postgraduate study, but cannot apply once they have commenced their Master’s degree. Completed applications should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications should include:
- Ondaatje Scholarship Application form 2020 (download from: https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/admissions/scholarships/open/ondaatje)
- An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- An academic reference
- A letter stating your proposed programme of study, why you wish to undertake it and why you believe that you should be awarded the scholarship
Applications for postgraduate courses commencing September 2020 will close 16th July 2021.
Applications for postgraduate courses commencing January 2021 will close 5th November 2021.
The final decision regarding the awards will be made by the Scholarship Committee Members. Candidates will be notified of the outcome within two weeks of the closing date.
Applications are invited for a partial studentship on the Buckingham University MA in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors starting September 2021. Generously funded by the Leche Trust, the bursary, worth £7500, will cover just over 75% of the course fees for EU students and just over 44% for international students. Priority will be given to applicants with excellent academic qualifications seeking, or currently pursuing, careers in conservation or traditional craftsmanship, or curatorial careers in museums or the built heritage, who are in need of financial assistance. The bursary is also open to part-time students currently working in the field, who can take the course as a form of in-service training over two years.
This unique one-year MA in French and British Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors, taught in partnership with the Wallace Collection, provides sounds vocational and academic training, first-hand study of furniture, silver and ceramics in the context of historic interiors, numerous study trips to museums and historic house collections, (including a study week in Paris) and placements in museums and heritage institutions.
You should have an offer to study the MA Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors programme at the University of Buckingham.
Email our Admissions team: email@example.com, quoting your application / student ID number.
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