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MA in the History of Art (Medieval Art & Medievalisms)

Course Description

About the MA pathway degree in Medieval Art and Medievalisms

Why take a pathway degree?

A pathway degree combines specialisation with flexibility. It is suited both to those of you who are beginning a journey towards a PhD in a particular field, and to those of you who wish to further develop undergraduate or personal interests. The pathways have emerged from clusters of excellence and expertise in the Department and relate directly to our Research Schools of Architectural History and Theory, British Art, Medieval Art and Medievalisms, and Sculpture Studies. We therefore have concentrations of staff working in these areas, and related lectures, colloquia and site visits taking place.

The Medieval Art and Medievalisms pathway

If you select the Medieval Art and Medievalisms pathway you can work on a wide range of media, from stained glass to manuscripts and architecture. In order to complete the degree, at least two of your four option modules and your dissertation must be completed in Medieval Art and Medievalisms. Beyond this, the programme structure provides the flexibility for you to either specialise entirely in Medieval Art and Medievalisms, or to select up to two of your option modules from art history modules outside the field, or from modules offered by other humanities departments and interdisciplinary centres. Training will be offered in both general and pathway-specific research skills, which will prepare you for the development of a sustained independent research project for your dissertation, on which you will work closely with an academic supervisor who is expert in the field.

Degree Structure


Taken full-time, the one-year MA in History of Art (Medieval Art and Medievalisms) consists of:
*Autumn and Spring Terms: A core module focusing on Research Skills and Methods in History of Art, including pathway-specific sessions.
*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 the History of Art (Medieval Art & Medievalisms) 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.

Course Fees

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

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