Master’s courses at Manchester University

Master’s courses at Manchester University

Art History MA

Degree awarded:MADuration:12-month full-timeEntry requirements:For this programme, you are usually expected to hold a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in a related subject. 

Course description

The MA in Art History offers a range of courses from a team of art historians, critics and theorists at the leading edge of the discipline. All members of staff are research active and all supervise research students for the MPhil and PhD degrees. The MA programme is supported by major museum collections within the University, the City and the region, including the Whitworth Art Gallery, the major redevelopment of which is due for completion in autumn 2014. The department is planning in 2014-15 to introduce an exciting new Pathway in Art Writing, in which students would take units in `Critical Art Writing’ and `Creative Art Writing’. These units will also be available to students taking the conventional Art History MA.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £6,300
    International students (per annum): £14,000
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,150
    International students (per annum): £7,000


Coursework and assessment

Each course unit is assessed by one 6,000-word essay completed at the end of the semester. Students undertaking the MA must also complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of their choice.

Course unit details

All MA students must take the core course unit, `Issues in Art-Historical Practice: Historiography, Methodology, Theory’ (taught by Dr Charlie Miller). Students then select three options from the following (subject to availability):
`Broken Flesh: Pain, Wounds and Belief 1300-1650′ (Dr Cordelia Warr)
`Creative Art Writing’ (Professor Carol Mavor)
`Critical Art Writing’ (Dr Anna Lovatt)
`Generations of Blake’ (Dr Colin Trodd)
`Renaissance Print Cultures’ (Dr Edward Wouk)
`The Surrealist Image’ (Professor David Lomas)
`This is Tomorrow:  Art and Architecture in Postwar Britain’ (Professor Mark Crinson)
You can find more information about staff biographies and research interests here:


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