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Contact details

Ms Jenni Grove

Email: jenni.grove@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 4011

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

The department awards several bursaries covering a proportion of fees to Master's or Research students.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

More information

Prospectus Entry

History of Art

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

80% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

History of Art MA

The History of Art MA at UCL draws on the research and teaching expertise within the department, and is designed to enable students to acquire specialised knowledge pertaining to the field of art history and develop independent research skills.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students develop skills for engaging with visual materials and gain historical knowledge, enabling them to interpret artefacts in relation to their social and cultural contexts. They are introduced to current methodological debates in the field and encouraged to define their own position through reasoned historical and theoretical arguments.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL History of Art is top rated for research; and staff are active researchers in a range of specialist fields. It is a challenging and versatile degree; you will study in a community of circa 35 graduate students; at the same time you will work in smaller groups and in close contact with tutors in your special subject courses.

The department is located in Bloomsbury, close to the Warburg Institute, the British Library and the British Museum. The National Gallery, Tate Galleries and the Victoria and Albert Museum are also within easy reach. UCL's own Art Museum, housed on site in the Strang Print Room, holds many rare and important works.

Collaboration with the Courtauld Institute, Birkbeck College and staff from national museums, enables UCL History of Art to offer access to a range of expertise in virtually any aspect of the subject.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of a core module (30 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Methods, Debates and Sources in History of Art


  • Options may include the following:
  • Early Modern Horror
  • Vision and Body in the Early Modern Cabinet of Curiosities
  • Vision, Tourism, Imperialism: Art and Travel in the British Empire, 1760–1870
  • Art and Technology in 19th-century France
  • Politics of the Image: Germany 1890–1945
  • Art as Theory: The Writing of Art
  • Contemporary Art and Globalisation


All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 13,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, as well as gallery and museum visits. Assessment is by two essays for each of the taught courses (six essays in all), the dissertation and a viva.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 14 June 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for those with a first degree in the History of Art, or with some experience of the subject, who have a high level of commitment and an aptitude for academic work.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study History of Art at graduate level
  • why you want to study History of Art at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and/or professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to elaborate on your reasons for applying to this programme and how your interests match what the programme will deliver. It is essential to study the departmental website carefully in order to write a meaningful statement.


UCL's History of Art graduates have a record of success in entering PhD programmes, careers in museums and galleries, the art trade, the heritage industry, art publishing, art conservation and teaching. The unique combination of visual sensitivity and intellectual rigour has also proved valuable in journalism, publishing and advertising.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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