Research course

Art History

University of Nottingham · Department of Art History

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Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in an art history or a related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The MRes will appeal to students who possess a sound understanding of the subject and have developed a clear idea of a research topic.

All research topics are paired with relevant expertise resident in the department, and prospective students are required to identify a possible supervisor in advance. The ultimate aim of the MRes is produce an original 35,000-word dissertation. Academic work of this nature requires a definite skill-set. Therefore, the design of the course includes two key elements to help students develop key analytical and research skills, and to help introduce them to the wider postgraduate community in the Department of History of Art.

As an MRes student, you will spend the first semester studying the core module 'Critical Approaches to Art History and Visual Culture'; this covers a range of methodological themes and introduces various approaches to research. This material will help you to develop your approach to your research topic.

The MRes offers an invaluable opportunity to work on material that might well form part of a future PhD thesis. In this sense, an MRes, as a substantial piece of original academic work, might well prove to be a decisive advantage when seeking future funding for doctoral study.

Staff research covers a wide range of topics from Renaissance to contemporary. Themes we engage with include:

  • the Renaissance city
  • art and travel in the 18th and 19th centuries
  • French art and Revolution
  • landscape and British art
  • Italian landscapes in art and film
  • 20th-century North American photography and visual culture
  • Surrealism and its legacies.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5843