University of Buckingham

University of Buckingham

Art Market and the History of Collecting

A feature of the course will be access to 2 of the greatest surviving art dealers� archives: Agnew�s, acquired by the National Gallery in 2014, and Colnaghi�s, housed since February 2014 in the Windmill Hill Archive, Waddesdon Manor. It is the 1st MA in the UK to offer, under the guidance of experts, practical training on how to use, unlock and analyse these rich holdings. The course will include study trips to Paris and Florence where students will have the opportunity to study a number of key European collections such as the Edmond de Rothschild collection in the Louvre and the Stefano Bardini collection in Florence as well as visiting important local archives.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry level required for this course is as follows: a 1st or 2nd-class honours degree from a recognised university or, a recognised professional qualification with relevant work experience. Mature students are welcomed with suitable qualifications. We are happy to consider all international applications and if you are an international student, you may find it useful to visit our international pages for details of entry requirements and student testimonials from your home country. The University is a UKVI Tier 4 Sponsor. English levels: if English is not your 1st language, please check our postgraduate English language requirements. If your English levels don�t meet our minimum requirements, you may be interested in applying for our Pre-sessional English Language Foundation Programmes.

Course modules

Private collectors and collecting; the art market (dealers and auctioneers); institutional collecting in the public sphere (the National Gallery and its contexts).

Assessment methods

Students will be required to submit and pass two preliminary pieces of work � an essay and a research exercise and a 25,000-30,000 word thesis.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 7,480 per Academic year (home fees) 1 calendar years
MA Full-time £ 14,140 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 calendar years
MA Full-time £ 7,480 per Academic year (rest of UK fees (Scottish courses)) 1 calendar years
MA Full-time £ 7,480 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 calendar years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
The University of Buckingham Buckingham MK18 1EG South East

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Humanities Research Institute
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