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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Art History

Course type


Course Summary

Whether your chosen career path involves curating, exhibiting, criticism, collecting, art journalism or any other route, by undertaking this course you will develop essential skills, expertise and experience. By studying the history of art through personal research and excellent tutorage you will engage in vigorous intellectual inquiry in the subject and delve deeply into your chosen specialism.


Why study MA Art History at Aberystwyth University?

The School of Art at Aberystwyth provides supervision and specialist knowledge in a broad range of subjects and is rapidly become one of the UK’s most popular places to study and creatively explore Art. Writing in the Guardian, journalist Miles Brignall concluded that the twice-yearly MA Art History Exhibitions at Aberystwyth are among the top four ‘pick of the shows’ UK-wide. Aberystwyth was the only institution he selected outside London.
There are over 20,000 original artworks in Aberystwyth School of Art’s collection
Aberystwyth School of Art holds registered museum status from the Museums and Galleries Commission of Great Britain
Opportunity to submit articles for publication to develop your engagement with critical and public opinion
Opportunity to curate your own exhibition from the School’s art collections
Aberystwyth University is a top 50 university for research power and intensity – REF 2014
100% of Aberystwyth School of Art’s research was either world leading or internationally excellent in terms of research impact – REF 2014
75% of the School of Art’s publications were of an internationally recognised standard or higher – REF 2014
Opportunity to study within one of the UK’s long-established Schools of Art and to work closely with staff in a stimulating research environment
Aberystwyth School of Art administers the Catherine Lewis Trust Fund, which continues to acquire important works of art for the University.

Teaching & Learning

How will I learn?

The course can be studied either one year full-time or two years part-time. The taught part of the course is delivered through lectures, seminars, and practical exercises. During semester three (June-September), you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned dissertation supervisor.

How will I be assessed?

In the first two semesters, students are assessed via a mix of exhibitions, portfolios, essays, presentations, web-design production, and teaching experience projects. Successful completion of the dissertation leads to the award of an MA.



The range of posts to which our graduates progress widens all the time. Our alumni have gone on to work:

For designing companies

In museums and galleries

As art teachers

On education programmes in galleries

In gallery assistant posts

producing family-based learning activities in galleries and museums

Our graduates have also taken up exciting internships and traineeships with a variety of national and international organisations, progressed to further academic study (PHDs).


Delivered as a series of weekly seminars and workshops, this module offers a discussion and study forum for MA Art History students during their first semester at the School of Art. Themed seminar sessions situate the production, curation and distribution of contemporary art in a cultural, political, and socio-economic context.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Good Undergraduate degree 2.1 (UK) (or above) in a related subject. European and International applicants can find their grade equivalence on our comparability page. Applicants are also required to provide a copy of an undergraduate dissertation, extended essay or a published article, together with a statement of the specific area(s) of interest in art history. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study.