Taught course

Art History

University of Sussex · Art History

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in art history or another relevant humanities or social science discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA looks at global perspectives in the history of art, concentrating on the art object, its appearance, reception and manufacture.


You are assessed by term papers and a dissertation of 20,000 words.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

In the core module Theories and Approaches to Art History, you share a common taught experience, examining methods and theories relating to themes such as material culture, globalisation, space, historiography and museology.

The core module is complemented by three options selected from those on offer in any one year, which may include Art and the Interior • Art and Travel • Body and Society • Creating the Court • Modernity in Europe and America • Objects of Art • Photography and 20th-Century Visual Culture • Power of Images in Byzantium • Renaissance Painting and the Workshop Tradition. You may, with the agreement of the course convenor, take an option from another humanities postgraduate course.

Full-time students work on their dissertation in the third term, and part-time students in the third and sixth terms.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (20000 words)

Course contact details

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