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MPhil in History of Art and Architecture

MPhil in History of Art and Architecture

Key information

Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

Architectural History Art History

Course type


Course Summary

The MPhil in the History of Art and Architecture is a nine-month course providing advanced study and training in research in specialised areas of the subject. It is intended as a self-contained programme of art-historical study, but also serves as a preparation for students intending to proceed to doctoral research.

Please note that this is a research degree with taught methodological elements, not a conversion course for students whose first degree lies in another subject.

The educational aims of the programme are as follows:

  • Provide teaching and learning to postgraduate students in the history of art and architecture in a range of fields linked to the research interests of the staff
  • Provide high-calibre students with training in relevant research skills and to offer excellent specialist supervision of their individual research in these fields
  • Provide a stimulating environment in which students can reach their full intellectual potential
  • Help students develop a wide range of intellectual abilities and skills, which will enable them to make a significant contribution in their chosen careers and walks of life, including academic teaching and research

On completion of the MPhil, students should have:

  • made the transition in learning style and pace from undergraduate to postgraduate level;
  • acquired the necessary research skills in the use of bibliographical, archival and museum resources as relevant to their field of study;
  • gained practice in the use of the languages and archival skills relevant to their chosen research area;
  • gained confidence in the choice and use of different methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives;
  • refined their critical skills in the examination, recording and analysis of works of art and/or architecture, especially at first hand (through travel and fieldwork if appropriate);
  • gained experience in oral and written presentation, and in a sustained piece of research in the form of a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words; and
  • acquired the proficiency needed to present in writing a coherent and sustained piece of academic research.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


9 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree. Applicants should hold a first-class or high II.i honours (at least 67 per cent/3.6/4.0 GPA) bachelor's degree in the history of art, or a closely related subject.