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Full time | Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London | 12 months | SEP

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Full time


12 months

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Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Renaissance History Art History Cultural Studies

Course type


Course Summary

About the degree

The MRes in Art History and Renaissance Culture gives students with strong language skills for academic research the opportunity to study the complex ideas and arguments pertaining to the production and understanding of works of art, 1300-1700, and Renaissance cultural history. The programme also equips students with advanced theoretical and methodological research skills to enable them to undertake and complete a substantial piece of original academic work.

This full-time or part-time programme aims to:

  • Give students comprehension of the current methodological and theoretical approaches to understanding the history of the art of art history rooted in the Renaissance and early modern period.
  • Train students to recognise, critique and articulate complex ideas about the production and understanding of works of art and renaissance cultural history
  • Draw on already established language skills that are relevant to their chosen area of academic research
  • Provide the advanced methodological skills required to enable the reading, understanding and critical analysis of primary source materials.
  • Enable students to undertake a significant piece of research in art history and Renaissance culture and to develop skills including: designing research questions, selecting appropriate advanced methodological approaches while critically evaluating their effectiveness, and undertaking their own analysis of the evidence and generating their own arguments.

Why study with us?

As a student at the Warburg Institute, you will have access to the best resources for the study of Renaissance art and culture in London. Unparalleled staff contact hours are combined with access to the Warburg Library, with its unique cataloguing system specifically designed to aid research, the Institute's Photographic Collection and the National Gallery’s collection and archives.

This course is ideal for students who have strong academic language skills and wish to research and write on a complex, specialised area of Renaissance art and culture that interests them, whilst still having the support of taught modules to help develop the theoretical and methodological skills necessary for such a project.

Through the Institute’s research projects, fellowship programmes and events, and its informal collegiate atmosphere, students have extensive opportunities for networking with an international community of scholars, which significantly enriches the learning experience and can provide ideal connections for the future careers.

Studying in Bloomsbury at the centre of an academic and cultural hub, students also benefit from visits and training sessions at neighbouring institutions including the British Museum, the Government Art Collection, the Wellcome Trust and the British Library, and further afield the V&A, the Dulwich Picture Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the Courtauld Gallery.


Art History and Renaissance Culture: Image to Action - Core

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK/ international students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

The normal minimum entry requirement is an upper second-class honours degree from a British university, or an equivalent qualification from a non-UK institution, in any discipline in the humanities which is related to the course. In addition a reading knowledge of any European language that is required to facilitate the completion of the proposed research project.