University of Leeds

University of Leeds

History of Art

You will encounter 1st-hand the texts and debates that reveal art history's complex legacies, enabling you to understand how art history has found itself increasingly figured within a wider field of cultural formations, and to trace how contemporary problems (intellectual, political and institutional) bear on the ways art history is currently practised. We provide a rigorous framework for you to engage with the most diverse range of artistic practices as they intersect with issues of subjectivity, history, global politics, materiality and memory. We combine a series of optional modules (on topics from medieval art to contemporary capitalism to 'non-Western' practices), core modules on methodology and advanced research skills, and self-directed research leading to a dissertation on a topic of your own choice.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.

Course modules

Core modules: Essential research skills 1; essential research skills 2; history of art core course; art history dissertation. Optional modules include: Reading sexual difference; beyond the trench (collaborative projects on the history, remembrance and critical heritage of the First World War); capitalism-criticism-contemporary art; feminism and culture (theoretical perspectives); aesthetics and politics; technology, media and critical literacy; the margins of Medieval art; unmaking things: materials and ideas in the European Renaissance; interpreting cultures; assessing the French Revolution.

Assessment methods

Most taught modules are assessed through essays, which you will submit at the end of the semester in which you take each module. However, you will also experience in-course assessments on your core modules, as well as being assessed on presentations and reports.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 12 months
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,450 per Year 1 (England) 24 months
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,450 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 24 months
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,450 per Year 1 (Scotland) 24 months
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,450 per Year 1 (Wales) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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Key information

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
Telephone number: 
0113 343 5274