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MA in History of Art

Course Description

Skills and experience

York's taught MA in the History of Art provides a stimulating transition from undergraduate study to postgraduate work. It will train you in advanced methods of art-historical research, raise your level of intellectual engagement, instill an awareness of your own scholarly procedures, and improve your writing skills. The MA exposes you to the latest scholarship in your areas of interest and equips you to pursue independent research at the highest level.

Building your degree

Our flexible degree structure enables a great degree of choice in how you construct pathways through your taught MA in the History of Art.
You can pursue:
*A general MA programme: This ranges widely across the History of Art, choosing modules that deal with very different periods, regions, themes and topics. This provides a well-rounded training in the History of Art, and is designed to cater to those students who come to the degree with a wide range of interests.

*A specialized MA programme: For this, you would select a coherent set of modules on related topics. Such a pathway can provide a comprehensive foundation for PhD research in a particular area, or a specialized career, and is enabled by the world-class expertise we offer in particular areas of art-historical study. We offer designated MA degrees in: Architectural History and Theory, British Art, Medieval Art and Medievalismsm, Sculpture Studies

Degree structure


Taken full-time, the one-year taught MA consists of:
*Autumn and Spring Terms: A core module focusing on Research Skills and Methods in History of Art.
*Autumn Term: Two taught modules of your choice; an option is always offered on historiographical and theoretical approaches to art history.
*Spring Term: Two further modules of your choice.
*Summer Term and vacation: A dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words.


Taken part-time over two years, you would do one option in each of the Autumn and Spring terms, and work on your dissertation during the Summer terms and summer vacation.

Teaching and assessment

Each option is taught by weekly two-hour seminars and assessement is in the form of a 4,000 word essay. Field-trips to view art and architecture are included in the programme, as appropriate.
The Research Skills and Methods in History of Art module, which is taught on a fortnightly basis across the Autumn and Spring Term, culminates in the production of a dissertation synopsis, on which the module is assessed.
The programme culminates in the production of a 15,000-20,000 dissertation, produced under the supervision of a member of staff. The work accounts for 50% of the final degree mark.

Option modules

Our aim is always to generate a diverse, innovative and stimulating range of options, covering art history and architecture from the early medieval period to the contemporary. The list of options offered each year will vary according to staff availability, but will include modules to which curatorial or research staff from Tate will contribute.

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

Entry Requirements

A good 2.1 or 1st-class undergraduate degree, or equivalent. Exceptions may be made for mature students or applicants without formal academic qualifications but with substantial related experience, who may be called for interview. If your first language is not English you will need to show evidence that you meet the English Language requirements.

Course Fees

2015/16 Home/EU: £6,450; Overseas: £15,150

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