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MRes History of Art

Immerse yourself in the History of Art by completing your own independent research project within one of the best resourced Departments of History of Art in Britain, while undertaking essential training to support your project. The History of Art programme is offered by University of Birmingham.

Quick Facts

 
Duration: 1 year (Full-Time)
2 years (Part-Time)
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £20,820 per year
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

You can complete your research project in any aspect of History of Art, as agreed by your supervisor. Most of the teaching takes place in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, which houses the Barber Institute Gallery, a valuable teaching collection, used by all members of staff on a regular basis. The Barber Institute is home to an onsite research library, a prints and drawings study room and a coin study room.

What is an MRes?

An MRes is a programme that will help you develop the skills for both doctoral study and a future career. You will complete a major individual research project, supervised by a specialist in the field of study, and a taught component that develops research and analytical skills. If you are interested in applying, we strongly encourage you to contact the admissions tutor or a member of staff with interests in your field to discuss your application in general and your proposed research topic in particular.

Courses included:

  • Criticism and Methods in the History of Art and Visual Studies
  • Postgraduate Research Training and Methods
  • Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
  • Exhibition Cultures

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology

Careers

The History of Art programme from University of Birmingham will provide excellent preparation for your future career, but this can also be enhanced by a range of employability support services offered by the University and the College of Arts and Law.

The University’s Careers Network provides expert guidance and activities especially for postgraduates, which will help you achieve your career goals. The College of Arts and Law also has a dedicated careers and employability team who offer tailored advice and a programme of College-specific careers events.

Requirements

  • For MRes and MA by Research programmes, entry to our programmes usually requires a good (normally a 2:1 or above) Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification if you were educated outside the UK, usually in a relevant area.

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