Find out more about our History of Art Master's by Research degree.
The MA by Research in History of Art offers you an advanced research degree, with a wide range of specialist areas to choose from. With expert support you will learn transferable skills at the University of Warwick's History of Art department, ranked in the top 10 in all major UK league tables (Complete University Guide 2021, The Guardian University Guide 2021, The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021).
The MA by Research in History of Art is an advanced research degree, consisting of original research and engagement with current scholarship. It is awarded on the basis of successful completion of an individual research thesis of 40,000 words.
General entry requirements
2:1 undergraduate degree in History of Art or a related subject.
English language requirements
You can find out more about our English language requirementsLink opens in a new window. This course requires the following:
- Band B
- IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
For more information, please visit the international entry requirements pageLink opens in a new window.
There are no additional entry requirements for this course.
Areas for PhD supervision and examples of current research interests of the department’s academic researchers include:
- European Medieval (including British)
- Renaissance and Early Modern Art, Architecture and Material Culture
- British Art and Architecture from the 18th to 21st Centuries
- Colonial Art and Empire
- Historiography, Theory and Aesthetics
- French Painting
- American Art
- Scandinavian Art
- Exhibition and Display
- Sex, Sexuality and Gender
- Art and Science
- Video and Performance Art
- Modern and Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism
- Craft and Design
Find a supervisor
Please establish whether the department will be able to supervise and support your research. You will probably already have in mind a member of staff who works in your field as a potential supervisor. However, if you are unsure whether our department has the necessary expertise to supervise your project you should:
- Check our staff research pagesLink opens in a new window
- Check our current research projectsLink opens in a new window
Contact our Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Giorgio Tagliaferro, who will be very happy to advise on whether we can support your research and, if so, will put you in touch with a potential supervisor.
You can also see our general University guidance about finding a supervisor.Link opens in a new window
Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.
Fee Status Guidance
The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.
If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.
Additional course costs
Please contact your academic department for information about department specific costs, which should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:
- Core text books
- Printer credits
- Dissertation binding
- Robe hire for your degree ceremony
Scholarships and bursaries
History of Art at Warwick
Take the perspective that brings you closer
Art history is about getting closer to art, immersing yourself in art, seeing art from the perspective of the artist. But it is also about bringing your own perspective – your knowledge and experience – to bear. Art is where you and the artist meet.
How to apply
The application process for courses that start in September and October 2024 will open on 2 October 2023.
For research courses that start in September and October 2024 the application deadline for students who require a visa to study in the UK is 2 August 2024. This should allow sufficient time to complete the admissions process and to obtain a visa to study in the UK.