University of Essex

University of Essex

Art History and Theory

This course is suitable for students seeking employment in the art world or elsewhere, or are interested in further research and an academic career. With options covering: European and latin American art, architecture from the renaissance to the present day, museology, contemporary art and photography. Students can pursue their own interests in choosing taught modules that appeal to them. The course contains a strong research element, normally culminating in a 20,000-word dissertation on a topic of students' choosing.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or high 2.2 degree, or equivalent. Individual course requirements can vary. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in writing (and 5.5 in listening, reading, and speaking).

Course modules

Core modules: Dissertation; researching art history. Optional modules include: Art and politics; art, architecture and urbanism; art, science, knowledge; city of God/city of man (art and urbanism in Rome, 1530-1650); collecting art from Latin America (indigenous and post-indigenist art); critique and curating; curating inside out; current issues in curating; current research in art history; exhibition (joint project); researching art history; the museum (history, theory and critical texts); topics in art history.

Assessment methods

Assessment for our courses is normally on the basis of coursework and your supervised dissertation.

Sponsorship information

Research council funding; some University of Essex studentships available.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,665 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 14,350 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

Key information

Graduate Administrator, School of Philosophy and Art History
Telephone number: 
01206 872719