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Graduate Diploma in History of Art: frequently asked questions

Am I eligible for a place on the Diploma course?

You are if you hold at least a good upper second class honours degree in a recognised university subject (not necessarily in the Humanities).

If you do not have a first degree you may still be considered for the Diploma. Please contact us for further guidance.

Can the Diploma lead to further postgraduate study?

Yes. The Diploma is intended to equip you for further postgraduate study and is particularly suitable for those who wish to proceed to the MA in History of Art and Visual Studies at Warwick. The pass mark for the Diploma is 50%, but we normally ask that you achieve at least 60% to be considered for progression to MA level.

Do I need an English Language Qualification?

If your first language is not English you will be expected to obtain one of the following recognised English language qualifications:

  • IELTS of at least 7.0
  • TOEFL of at least 620 (paper based) or 260 (computer based)
  • WELT score of BBB

If you do not achieve one of the above scores please send in your certificate anyway. In such cases the University may recommend that you re-take the test or that you attend a pre-sessional English course provided by the University.

Can I study part-time?

Yes. If you study part-time you will complete the Diploma in two years. In the first year you take Practices of Art History in the autumn and a 'long view' module such as The Renaissance: North and South or Art and Disruption, 1900 to the present (depending on what is being taught that year) in the spring. In the second year, you have no modules in the autumn term, and take an intensive special subject in the spring term. You then research and write your Independent Research Project in the summer term.

If you are an overseas student planning to study part-time, you will need to check the conditions of your visa, for more information, go to the website of the University's Academic Office.

What will it cost?

Tuition fees are paid on an annual basis. For 2022-23, the fees are as follows:

Full time students
Home: £ 9,450
Overseas: £21,966
Part-time students
Home: £ 4,725 p.a.
Overseas: £ 10,983 p.a.

For further details visit the funding and fees section of the Academic Office website.

How do I apply?

It is easy to apply online using the standard postgraduate application form. You should specify 'Diploma' as the degree that you wish to apply for.