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Fees and funding
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
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.
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:
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).
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
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
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: