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History of Art MA

Course Description

This programme provides you with the opportunity to pursue an in-depth study of specific areas in the History of Art. The programme comprises of a taught two-term 'Special Subject' module and a dissertation in the research area of your choice. Your dissertation is supported by a supervisor and is 15,000 words in length. Your studies will be supported by core modules in critical theory and research methodology. The taught module options offered each year on the MA will allow you to either choose from a range of subject areas and historical periods in the History of Art, or to specialise in early modern or modern and contemporary artistic periods.

Course content

You will study two core modules:

- Criticism and Methods in the History of Art and Visual Culture
- Postgraduate Research Training and Methods

You will also study a range of optional modules, choosing one Special Subject module and two 20-credit modules.

Special subject options may include:
- After Modernism. Art and Culture since the 1970s
- Art and Revolution in France, 1789-1848
- Contemporary Visual Arts and Postcolonialism
- Fashioning Flesh and Technology: Modernism and the Body in Germany 1918-1933
- Inside Out. Interiors and Interiority in French Art, Design and Visual Culture 1840-1940
- Michelangelo
- Women and Artistic Culture in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Period

The programme culminates in a 15,000-word dissertation in a research area that you choose with the guidance of academic staff.


The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Over the last five years 100% of History of Art postgraduates have been in work and/or further study six months after graduation using transferable skills gained in their degree. Many of our postgraduates have gone on to choose jobs relating to gallery and museum curatorship, management and research, while others have moved on to further postgraduate study to pursue a career in academia.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the History of Art MA page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Katie Hall

Katie has undertaken internships at the University's own Barber Institute of Fine Arts and at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, where she now works.

Katie is also a postgraduate mentor, you can contact her online with questions or read further about her experience at the University of Birmingham on her mentor page: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk/mentor/katie-hall/


Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject eg, Art History or other humanities subject

Course Fees

£6,570 FT, £3,285 PT (UK/EU); £14,850 FT only (overseas)

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