Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

History of Art with Photography

Photography has become the major form of image-making and visual communication since its development in the nineteenth century. Its importance has been recognised in many areas of scholarship: history of art, media and cultural studies, literature, memory and memorialisation, gender and identity, philosophy and law. Its role in all fields of the arts and sciences, including those most personal, is being expanded, renewed and questioned by the mushrooming of digital culture. This programme enables you to learn about - and to negotiate your individual path through - historical and contemporary photographic cultures, in order to develop your interests, whether your engagement with the medium is academic, artistic, personal or vocational.

Entry requirements

MA: Good honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent (for example, professional experience). For students with a degree in a subject other than history of art, the 1-year, part-time Graduate Certificate in History of Art and Architecture can be used as a conversion course. Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate with merit will normally be guaranteed a place on this programme and do not need to complete an admissions exercise. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: Coursework essays of 5000 words each. MA: 3 essays (1 for each core course and option module) of 5000 words each; a research project, which can take the form of a visual submission; and a 15,000-word dissertation, which may include a visual component. Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip: 3 essays (1 for each core course and option module) of 5000 words each and a research project, which can take the form of a visual submission, or a work placement.

Sponsorship information

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses - and you don't have to start repaying until 2019. Funds are available to support research expenses for your coursework on this MA. The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students. Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2019 8,175 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,175 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,175 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 14,850 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,175 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,175 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,075 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,075 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,075 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,075 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,075 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,450 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,450 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,450 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,450 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 9,925 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,450 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 4,075 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 4,075 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 4,075 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 4,075 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 4,075 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,725 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,725 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,725 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 4,950 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,725 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,725 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

Get in touch

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of History of Art and Screen Media
Telephone number: 
02076316110