If you want to focus on researching one specific area in the History of Art without going straight into a PhD, then the MRes is the programme for you.
At the end of this programme many of our graduates continue on to do a PhD, where they undertake a much more extensive research project.
Most of the teaching on the MRes programme takes place in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, which houses the Barber Institute Gallery, a valuable teaching collection, used by all members of staff on a regular basis. The Barber Institute is home to an onsite research library, a prints and drawings study room and a coin study room. These facilities, together with the holdings of the University Main Library and the Special Collections of the Cadbury Research Library, make Birmingham one of the best resourced Departments of History of Art in Britain.
The core of the MRes programme is a 20,000-word thesis, which is supported by both research training and art theory modules. Both of these core modules will equip you with the skills to enable you to complete your thesis.
The core research training module offers advice on how to hone your research topic, write a research rationale and present your thesis.
‘Criticism and Methods’ engages with a range of art historical methodologies and addresses theoretical debates emerging within the discipline. The module helps you frame your current research within the wider art historical research context.
In your second term, you also choose one final optional module. Recent subjects have included: Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art; Theorising and Historicising Exhibitions; and Artists’ Film and Video.
Funding and Scholarships
There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham
. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding
Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays
Virtual Open Days
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
2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject eg, Art History or other humanities subject