The MA programme consists of a combination of a core course, a choice of option modules, a research project, and a dissertation. More detailed information about the programme is available on the website.
The core course is designed to explore methodologies and issues involved in the current study of the discipline (around such topics as exhibition, reception and interdisciplinarity), as well as research skills and methods.
Option modules allow you to pursue specific interests and areas of research in selected topics from the Italian Renaissance to the present.
The research project offers you the chance to undertake independent research and to reflect on the process of research.
You will complete the programme with a 10,000-word dissertation.
Lectures, seminars, guest speakers and student presentations.
Three coursework essays of 5000 words each, a research project report of 6000 words and a 10,000-word dissertation.
When to apply
-Interviews from March onwards.
-Early application recommended.
As a student, you will have access to the Birkbeck Library and an in-house slide library and self-access centre. In addition, our location in Bloomsbury offers excellent access to specialist libraries in the University of London. These include the University of London Library, the Institute for Historical Research, the Warburg Institute, the School of Oriental and African Studies, together with the major national resource of the British Library.
As a postgraduate student with the School, you will also have easy access to specialist art libraries not far from Birkbeck. These include the library of the Courtauld Institute of Art, the British Architectural Library and the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). The great visual resources of the British Museum, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Gallery and the V&A, commercial galleries and salesrooms, and temporary exhibition galleries like the Barbican Gallery, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Hayward Gallery and the Royal Academy also make London a particularly good place in which to undertake research.