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MA in History of Art: Renaissance to Modernism by Research

Course Description

The University of Buckingham has introduced a one-year MA by research in the History of Art: Renaissance to Modernism.

This groundbreaking programme is London-based and directed by the art historian Michael Prodger and the critic and biographer Martin Gayford. The course will be supplemented by a series of ten guest seminars presented by an internationally distinguished group of art historians, artists and gallerists (listed under Teaching & Assessment).

Find out more about our School of Humanities on http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/humanities.

Teaching methods

The seminar programme offers a broadly chronological survey of Western art from the late fifteenth century to the late twentieth, enabling students to place their own individual research within the broader context of developments in art history since the Renaissance. For those taking the course as Associate Students, this seminar programme may be enjoyed as a self-contained survey.

For those engaged in the Master’s programme, however, the seminar series complements their individual research project; for at the heart of this MA is the close working relationship between student and supervisor. While the final thesis topic is chosen by the student and must be an independent work, it is the supervisor who offers advice on refining the topic (if necessary), on primary sources, on secondary reading, on research techniques and on writing the final text (which should be not less than 20,000 words). Supervisors and students will meet frequently throughout the year, and not less than twice a term; and the supervisor is always be the student’s primary contact for academic advice and support.

This is a London-based course. The seminars will be held at the Savile Club, 69 Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4ER (a 5-minute walk from Bond Street Tube Station and 10 from Oxford Circus and Green Park).

Each seminar (approximately 70 minutes, beginning at 18:30) is followed by a post-seminar dinner in a private room, for those who wish to attend, where there will be an opportunity to continue the seminar discussion in an informal environment. Attendance at these dinners is entirely at the choice of the student, and their cost is not covered by the tuition fee.

Associate students

For those who wishing to attend the evening research seminar programme, but unable to devote the time to research, there is the option of becoming an Associate Student. This status will enable the student to attend the ten research seminars and dinners and to take a full part in the seminar and dinner discussions, but does not require the submission of written work. Associate Students are not registered for, and do not receive, the MA degree.

Apply here http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/humanities/ma/history-of-art-london.

Visit the MA in History of Art: Renaissance to Modernism by Research page on the University of Buckingham website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate first class scholarship - No. of awards TBC

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%.

Value of Scholarship(s)

% discount


The scholarship will be automatically awarded to applicants who already have a first class honours degree that is recognised to UK standard.

Application Procedure

The scholarship will be automatically awarded to applicants who meet the criteria.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

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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