Entry requirements

A minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent professional experience.

We welcome students from a multiplicity of backgrounds, meaning that these qualifications and professional experiences need not have been gained in the field of photography.

Months of entry


Course content

Photography plays a key role in the artistic, media, cultural, academic, and commercial sectors of the creative industries, and forms an integral part of the key critical debates of the 21st Century. MA Photography (online) aims to enable graduates to develop a highly distinctive creative voice to define and lead the wide range of global artistic, commercial, and academic opportunities that this growing field can offer.

The programme is delivered entirely using online tools enabling students to access course content through the tried and tested Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment. Through five modules, students will develop a thorough understanding of the key and continuing theoretical and critical issues and research methodologies that underpin contemporary photography and apply them to their own practical project work.

The course is designed to enable students to explore, take risks, and cultivate ideas within a structured and supportive environment led by experienced and award-winning practitioners and academics. There is an emphasis on regular feedback from staff, collaborative exploration, together with peer review and feedback. Careful consideration has been given to cultivating an online community of learners who can work together to realise their ideas and ambitions.

Professional practice is embedded within the course at every stage, and the module 'Collaborative Photography Practice' will enable students to work with external organisations and companies, forming productive relationships which are related to assessment. These skills are transferrable to a wide range of related creative industries, all of which require people who are agile in their thinking, can recognise relationships between different contexts, and can apply themselves either individually or as part of a team.

Information for international students

If you have studied outside of the UK and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.


Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English language requirements page.


If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses.


These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Fees and funding

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, UK students can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Graeme Oxby