Taught course

Art, Aesthetics and Cultural Institutions

University of Liverpool · Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements

Admission to our programmes normally requires a 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant field. International qualifications Applications from international students are welcome. International qualifications will be evaluated in line with the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines.

Months of entry


Course content

This exciting Philosophy Masters programme gives you the opportunity to study art, history of art, aesthetics, design, film and other related academic subjects. We'll also cover the theory and practice of curating and museology.

A major attraction of the programme is our active collaboration with CAVA (Centre for Architecture and Visual Arts) and local cultural institutions including Tate Liverpool, FACT, National Museums Liverpool, METAL, the Bluecoat, Static, and Culture Campus.

There is a module on the practices of cultural institutions involving a number of galleries and museums in the city

You'll be able to extend this understanding via a Research Skills and Placement module which includes an internship either within an external cultural institution or in the University’s own art gallery and museum. There is also an exciting opportunity for one student each year to undertake a 3 to 4 month Tate Studentship, working closely with curators, carrying out loan research and aiding with the installation of a major exhibition.

The programme is structured around five core (compulsory) modules: two main topics modules, in which members of staff teach weekly seminars on their own research interests in aesthetics and the theory and history of art, Cultural Institutions (which takes place at a range of galleries and museums in the city), a Research Skills and Placement module and a supervised Dissertation over the summer. Students also take two elective modules, chosen from a list of relevant modules available in the Department and across the University.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

PG Recruitment
+44 (0)151 794 5927