The MLitt in Art History is designed to develop and enhance core research and writing skills, to introduce and deepen knowledge of the theoretical and methodological foundations of Art History, and to enable students to explore current critical debates, art media, and contextual questions.
- Students have access to extensive library holdings including a major Visual Resources Collection with over 150,000 images and a microfiche copy of the Conway and Witt photographic archives, comprising some two million images of works of art.
- The choice of modules allows a wide-ranging study of thematic or methodological issues, as well as focused research pathways.
- Small class sizes prioritize discussion with peers and interaction with the tutor.
- Students have the opportunity to attend class trips, and there is a research seminar with guest lecturers for all staff and students every two weeks. Students may also apply to take part in a summer exchange programme with the École du Louvre in Paris.
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 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.
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.
Themes in Art History: introduces students to a selection of key issues, concepts, and writings in the field.
Art History students choose three postgraduate-level course modules, with the option of one of those modules being selected from the undergraduate-level Honours programme. Optional modules are subject to change each year, and some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University's position on curriculum development).
- Art and Technology
- The Book as Object and Idea
- The Classical Tradition
- The Documentary Impulse
- The Image of the Artist
- Issues in Photographic Criticism
- Representation and the Body
- The Spaces and Art of Learning Art
- The University of St Andrews Photographic Collection
- Writing on the Visual
The final three months of your course will be focused on writing the final assessment piece, a 15,000-word dissertation. Across the two semesters, students participate in a series of skills workshops designed to help prepare for the dissertation element. Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation must be submitted by a date specified in August.
Students may also apply to attend a three-week summer school as part of an exchange programme with the École du Louvre in Paris, in which case they write an associated assignment alongside a correspondingly shorter dissertation. A fee of around £500 applies and students are also expected to arrange and pay for their own travel and accommodation.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt.
Recent postgraduates in Art History are employed in universities and archives, museums and galleries, auction houses, radio stations, publishing houses and magazines.
- Start date: 10 September 2018
- End date: 30 September 2019
A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. A degree in art history is strongly recommended but is not an essential requirement.
If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
Postgraduate English language requirements
The University of St Andrews welcomes postgraduate students from many countries. To enter the University of St Andrews as a postgraduate student you must be able to provide evidence that you meet our minimum English language requirements. Your evidence should be one of the following:
- a first or an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject OR an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a recognized higher education institution.
- proof that you are from a majority English-speaking country.
a valid English language test from this list:
- IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System - Academic version)
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English - Academic version)
- CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
- CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced)
- TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet-based test)
- Trinity ISE (Trinity Integrated Skills in English)
Applications are accepted until shortly before teaching starts in September. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and international visa purposes.
- personal statement (500 words),
- a sample of academic written work (2000 words),
- two original signed academic references,
- academic transcripts and degree certificates,
- English language requirements certificate.
- UK and EU: £8,500
- Overseas: £17,600
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