Taught course

History of Art (Architectural History and Theory)

University of York · Department of History of Art

Entry requirements

A 2:1 or equivalent. We welcome students who have previously studied History of Art, but also those from other backgrounds. Applicants below 2:1 or equivalent will be considered on condition of an interview with the programme leader.

Months of entry


Course content

Our course will change the way you think about architecture.

Architecture is fundamental to human survival and living in the world. You'll investigate the exact nature of our relationship with art and architecture, which has been much disputed by architectural historians and theorists. At York we enable you to explore the most exciting and cutting-edge, as well as traditional and accepted, ideas and theories around art and architecture.

Our flexible course has exceptional historical and geographical breadth and depth. You’ll learn to read architecture critically, and to think about it beyond the study of individual buildings. We encourage you to engage with architecture as metaphor, and with interiors, exteriors, materials and materiality, urbanism, patronage, and design process. You’ll explore the relationships between architecture and power, religion, gender and sexuality, education, and imperialism.

We are among the largest History of Art departments in the UK, with one of the widest-ranging groups of experts in architectural history and theory. We have developed successful partnerships with museums, galleries and country houses that will enrich your studies and may offer you placement opportunities and privileged access to collections.

Information for international students

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement: IELTS 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component.

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

A wide range of funding opportunities includes AHRC-funded studentships offered via the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities, department studentships, overseas scholarships, travel fellowships, and funding for students with specific research interests.

For more information, please visit the website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0) 1904 322978