MA History of Art
The Department of History of Art offers a broad-based master's programme, which enables you to study a range of periods and approaches before specialising for your dissertation. The MA draws on the research strengths of all members of the department, which includes specialists in medieval, renaissance and modern art.
We aim to help you develop an informed understanding of the main strands of art history, as practised in Europe and North America. We also offer curatorial units in collaboration with external museum partners, through which you will learn to research and catalogue museum collections and to mount exhibitions.
Our students are drawn from a variety of backgrounds. Some have undergraduate degrees in art history, others do not, and some are working artists. Studying for this MA is a chance to become part of a thriving academic community, with a sizeable and close-knit student body and a lively programme of research and social events.
You will study two core units and then select four optional units. Part-time students study the core units in the first year and stagger their optional units across the two years of the degree.
The research component of the programme is written over the summer and is submitted in September.
Three-hour optional units are delivered in two sessions that are frequently scheduled on multiple weekdays.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MA in History of Art.
An upper second class honours degree or international equivalent in Humanities, Arts or Social Sciences.
For applicants who are currently completing a degree, we understand that their final grade may be higher than the interim grades or module/unit grades they achieve during their studies. We will consider applicants whose interim grades are currently slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements. We may make these applicants an aspirational offer. This offer would be at the standard level, so the applicant would need to achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of their degree. Specific module requirements may still apply.
We will consider applicants whose grades are slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements, if they have at least one of the following:
- evidence of relevant work experience in roles within the creative industries/cultural sector (for example, journalism, teaching, curating, museums, art related fields),
- a relevant postgraduate qualification.
If this is the case, applicants should include their CV (curriculum vitae/résumé) when they apply, showing details of their relevant work experience and/or qualifications.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.Go to admissions statement
Fees and funding
- UK: full-time
- £14,100 per year
- UK: part-time (two years)
- £7,050 per year
- Overseas: full-time
- £28,200 per year
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.
More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.
Students who have graduated from the MA in History of Art have gone on to careers in a variety of fields, including journalism, art consultancy, buying and marketing, galleries and more.