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History of Art and Architecture MPhil

History of Art and Architecture MPhil

Key information

Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

Architectural History Art History

Course type


Course Summary

This course provides 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. 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: to provide teaching and learning to post-graduate students in the history of art and architecture in a range of fields linked to the research interests of the staff; to provide high-calibre students with training in relevant research skills and to offer excellent specialist supervision of their individual research in these fields; to provide a stimulating environment in which students can reach their full intellectual potential and to 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 High2.1 Honours Degree. A 1st class or high 2i honours (at least 67%/3.6/4.0 GPA) Bachelor's degree in the History of Art, or a closely related subject is required.