Taught course

Photographic History

De Montfort University · School of Humanities and Performing Arts

Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements

You should have the equivalent of a 2.2 or above UK bachelor’s honours degree in a relevant subject such as history, museum studies, art history, photography and lens based media, history of science, heritage studies or literature.

We welcome applications from a wide sector and all non-standard applications will be carefully considered.


Non-standard applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

Photography has shaped the way in which we imagine the recent past as well as the experience of life in many present-day societies and cultures. Addressing a range of sources, such as archival photographic materials and manuscripts, digital databases, and current critical texts in the field, the Photographic History MA will provide you with the practical and conceptual skills needed to explore wide ranging professional, scientific and amateur photographic practices.

The internationally renowned teaching staff bring with them outstanding links with major photographic collections, archives, galleries and museums worldwide. Networking with the Photographic History Research Centre’s (PHRC) vibrant research environment, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the relationship between photography, history, society and culture, and enhance your critical and research skills.

Aimed mainly at social, cultural and visual historians, conservationists, archivists, visual sociologists and visual anthropologists, the Photographic History MA will prepare you for a wide range of careers in the cultural sector as well as for further study.

As this course is delivered online by distance learning, you will need access to the internet and a computer with software capable of reading and writing Rich Text Format documents, such as Microsoft Word.

Key features

  • Flexible module choice allows you to pursue your studies at your own pace, while working around your work, family and other commitments.
  • Engage with digital and analogue photographic histories, practices, images, theories and research methodologies.
  • Investigate social and cultural photographic practices as well as the cultural and social significance of the medium throughout its history.
  • Gain professional experience with our Fieldwork module which offers the opportunity to work on an independent project for a photographic organisation.
  • Advance your research through a dissertation or heritage project.
  • Work alongside a renowned team of expert scholars from the Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC) and beyond.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band, or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Fees and funding

Please visit our website for more information about course fees and available funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

De Montfort University
+44 (0)116 2 50 60 70