Taught course

History of Art

University of Birmingham · Department of Art History, Film and Visual Studies

Entry requirements

2:1 (Hons) in a relevant discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme provides you with the opportunity to pursue in-depth study of the history of art: comprising of a taught two-term 'Special Subject' module and a dissertation in the research area of your choice. Your studies will be supported by advanced teaching in the theories and methods of art history and visual studies, as well as dissertation research training. As one of your 'Special Subject' module choices, you will also have the option to take a 'Curating Research', which will provide you with the opportunity to gain practical experience organising, curating and marketing an exhibition.

You will study two core modules, taken in your first term:

  • Criticism and Methods in the History of Art and Visual Culture
  • Research Skills.

The specialised research skills module prepares you for both writing your dissertation and develops your wider employability skills.

You will also study a range of optional modules, choosing one Special Subject module – with options including the distinctive ‘Curating Research’ module – and two 20-credit modules. Further module information is available below.

The programme culminates in a 15,000-word dissertation in a research area that you choose with the guidance of academic staff.

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Fees and funding

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. For more information, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005