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Art, Philosophy and Cultural Institutions MA

Art, Philosophy and Cultural Institutions MA

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Full time | University of Liverpool | 1 year | 27-SEP-21

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Art Cultural Studies Art Theory

Course type


Course Summary


This exciting interdisciplinary master's programme combines philosophical aesthetics, art theory and hands-on experience in galleries and museums, thereby bringing together both theoretical and practical interests. It is specifically designed to equip students with the competence to pursue either a doctorate programme in the Arts and Humanities, or a professional career in the cultural sector.

In addition to traditionally taught modules, students also benefit from research-led teaching a two-week practical placement with one of our cultural partners in the city. The programme also offers the opportunity to apply for a three-month studentship with Tate Liverpool, exclusively offered to our students.

The programme is structured around four compulsory core modules: Main Topics in the theory of art, in which members of staff lead weekly seminars on their own current research; Cultural Institutions, which takes places at a range of collaborating cultural institutions around the city, including the University’s Victoria Gallery and Museum; Research, Employability, and Professional Skills and placement, supported by the careers and employability service and our cultural partners, and a supervised dissertation or case study over the summer.

Why Philosophy?

Be part of a city with a reputation for cultural achievement

With its impressive wealth of museum and galleries and its vibrant cultural scene, Liverpool is an ideal place to pursue a degree in aesthetic theory with opportunities to work hands-on in cultural institutions.

Career prospects

Graduates of the MA Art, Philosophy and Cultural Institutions have gone on to a variety of careers within the cultural sector: including curating, development, marketing, and teaching. The programme acquaints you with the key issues facing the cultural world, as well as provides you with hands-on experience, and both are important for a career in the arts. Other graduates have gone on to continue their studies through a PhD in art-related subjects or philosophy: depending on the modules you choose, the programme gives you a basis for several PhD routes. Furthermore, the programme gives its students analytical, argumentative and problem solving skills valued by many employers. Other career destinations of our graduates therefore include business, media, the civil service and education.


The aim is for the student to choose a topic of special interest in philosophy and conduct research into this area of interest via reading and private study under the supervision of the supervisor to whom they have been allocated.

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Entry requirements

Admission to our programmes normally requires a 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant field.

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