Taught course

History of Photography (MLitt)

Institution
University of St Andrews · School of Art History
Qualifications
MLittMPhil

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. A degree in art history is strongly recommended but is not an essential requirement.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MLitt in History of Photography offers a unique opportunity to study the history of photography as a specialised field of research.

Highlights

  • This innovative degree is inspired by the important role played by St Andrews in the early history of the most influential visual medium of the modern era.
  • Students are introduced to the theoretical and methodological challenges and debates that photography’s multiple functions and contexts have provoked since its invention.
  • Classes make full use of the outstanding photographic collections of the University Library and associated archives, such as that held by the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh.
  • Small class sizes prioritise discussion with peers and interaction with the tutor.

The MLitt degree requires two semesters of full-time (or four semesters part-time) coursework, normally equivalent to four modules. Each module has a minimum contact time of 16 hours. The modules are taught as small group discussion seminars, with an average size of four to eight students in each group. Additionally, there may be class trips where relevant to the taught modules.

The assessment for the taught modules is based on coursework including:

  • book reviews
  • critical bibliographies
  • visual analysis and object analysis essays
  • reading journals
  • research papers.

Modules

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,500
International students
EU: £8,500  Overseas: £17,600

Qualification and course duration

MLitt

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

MPhil

part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Secretary
Email
pgarthist@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1334 46 2399