Research course

History of Art (by research)

University of York · Department of History of Art
MA by research

Entry requirements

Applicants require a UK 2:1 or international equivalent in the relevant subject. Individuals planning to apply for research-based degrees are encouraged to contact the member of staff most closely affiliated with their research interests. Areas of staff research expertise are outlined on our faculty pages. Candidates are advised to contact their proposed supervisor as early as possible and to make their proposals as specific as they can, indicating their own background in the proposed area of research and where feasible forwarding a piece of written work relevant to the proposal with their application. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

York's taught MA in the History of Art provides a stimulating transition from undergraduate study to postgraduate work. It will train you in advanced methods of art-historical research, raise your level of intellectual engagement, instil an awareness of your own scholarly procedures, and improve your writing skills. The MA exposes you to the latest scholarship in your areas of interest and equips you to pursue independent research at the highest level.

Our flexible degree structure enables a great degree of choice in how you construct pathways through your taught MA in the History of Art. You can pursue: a general MA programme which includes a wide range across the History of Art, choosing modules that deal with very different periods, regions, themes and topics. This provides a well-rounded training in the History of Art, and is designed to cater to those students who come to the degree with a wide range of interests; or a specialized MA programme where you can select a coherent set of modules on related topics.

Such a pathway can provide a comprehensive foundation for PhD research in a particular area, or a specialized career, and is enabled by the world-class expertise we offer in particular areas of art-historical study, where designated MA degrees are offered in Architectural History and Theory; British Art; Medieval Art and Medievalisms; Sculpture Studies.

Our aim is always to generate a diverse, innovative and stimulating range of options, covering art history and architecture from the early medieval period to the contemporary. The list of options offered each year will vary according to staff availability, but will include modules to which curatorial or research staff from Tate will contribute.

As well as choosing from the many modules run by the History of Art department, you can also choose up to two options from those offered by other humanities departments at York and by our world-class Interdisciplinary Centres in the Humanities: Centre for Medieval Studies (CMS); Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies (CREMS); Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CECS); Centre for Modern Studies (CModS).

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities. Information about international fees can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 322978